Thermalright included all necessary mounting hardware and accessories needed to setup and install the True Spirit 140 Direct cooler into your system, including a single 140mm fan, motherboard and fan mounting hardware, and thermal compound.
Thermalright included a detailed, multi-language instruction manual outlining install of the cooler to both Intel and AMD boards, as well as how to mount the fans (in single or dual configuration) to the cooler tower radiator.
The included mount hardware is used for both Intel and AMD cooler mounting with a universal mounting plate and mylar cover used for both style system mountings. The small black cap fits into the middle of the backplate, inserted facing downward so that it fits over the underboard center components. It is used only for Intel LGA775 and AMD socket mounting. The included clear spacer is placed on top of the processor, used for an LGA1151 socket mount only. For LGA2011-type sockets, the backplate is unnecessary. The threaded thumbscrews with top threaded hole mounted directly into the LGA2066's socket mount holes.
The CPU spacer, used for LGA1151 type sockets, is placed directly on top of the CPU prior to locking the CPU into the socket. The socket top is then put on top of the CPU / space plate and locked in place.
Thermalright included a small packet of their Chill Factor thermal paste with enough paster provided for one or two mounts at most.
For the mount cage used for all sockets with the exception of the Intel LGA2011 socket, the top mounting bracket is held to the dual-holed pillar with screws in its four corners into the top of the pillar. The back plate is held in place using a similar method with four screws through the bottom of the board threading into the bottom side of the pillar. There are plastic washers placed in between the mount pillar and the top side of the board and in between the bottom of the board PCB and the baseplate to prevent damage to the PCB as well as to electrically isolate the metal mounting cage from the board's electronics.
Installing Mounting Bracket to Intel Motherboards
Intel Z170 board mounting
The mounting cage is designed to mount the cooler in a vertical orientation only, where the cooler air flow goes from the front of the case to the rear of the case (exiting over the board's rear panel). In the default vertical orientation, the mounting cage has no contact or fit issues in the CPU socket area. Further, the top mount bracket allows sufficient space between itself and the top-most memory slot, allowing for uninhibited use of all memory slots with the mounting cage installed.
On an Intel LGA115X board, the base plate bottom rests on the socket bottom plate, eliminating direct board contact. The included mylar cover sits in between the mount plate and the board surface, acting to cushion the board and electrically isolate the back plate from the board components. The design of the back plate conforms to most socket standards, but does not alleviate the concern of sitting on components that are placed in close proximity to the area behind the socket.
Intel X99 board mounting
On an Intel X99 motherboard (supporting the LGA2011 socket), mounting bracket fits the socket well with sufficient clearance for all board mounted components. Further, the mount plate is space sufficiently so that is does not impede use of the inside memory slots in either the upper or lower memory slot sets.
Cooler Fan and Fan Accessories
Thermalright included a single fan bundled with the True Spirit 140 Direct cooler. The fan is a lower power fan to minimize fan noise, a 140mm unit rated at a maximum speed of 1300RPM with a maximum airflow rating of 73.6CFM. The seven black fan blades are housed in a black plastic body, rated to run at 12V with a power draw of 0.20A at full speed.
For mounting fans to the cooler's tower radiator, Thermalright included a total of four fan brackets (2 sets of 2). The brackets mount through holes in the top and bottom of the radiator and clip into the screw holes on the fan to hold it in place.
link on the main page leads
link on the main page leads to pcper main page, not to the article
Fixed, thanks for pointing
Fixed, thanks for pointing that out…
thanks for the
thanks for the review
relatively small footprint and stands up very well against the mighty Noctua, so definitely going on my list of parts to consider for future builds
and it has ryzen support, awesome
At the bottom of the
At the bottom of the ‘Features and Design’ page:
‘If their was any variation in height between the heat pipes…’
Under ‘Included Accessories’:
‘The socket top is then put on top of the CPU / space plate adn locked in place.’
At the top of the ‘Conclusion’ page:
‘… impressive peice of kit…’
In the middle of the ‘Conclusion’ page:
‘…small single tower radistor…’
Also, you spell ‘upper-most’ with a hyphen, but ‘innermost’ without one. I don’t know which spelling is correct, but surely you should at least be consistent.
Thank you for the feedback,
Thank you for the feedback, this has all been corrected…
one hell of a review. i
one hell of a review. i usually would look passed thermalright, and would focus on enermax, coolermaster and deepcool. i may consider getting one for my ryzen 5 1600.
Thermalright have been around
Thermalright have been around for a long time, way before Noctua became popular.
I am still using my first Thermalright that i had mounted on my AMD 6400+ , just had to buy a different mounting kit for socket 1151 when i upgraded. it is a Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme and its been in use for almost 10 years now ,replaced the fan about 3 times so far and have a Noctua fan on it right now.
I considered buying the True
I considered buying the True Spirit Direct for my personal Ryzen 1800x build, but opted for the larger True Spirit Power with the 8mm pipes, simply because I was curious and have a big enough case. Thermalright’s site rates the 140 Power at 325 watts, but don’t seem to have a rating for the 140 Direct. That’s a lot of watts, I wonder if it would handle the new Intel X299 chips. (?)
The Power is intended for a big case, it’s over 171mm tall and weighs 725 grams vs 161mm and 650 grams for the Direct. Honestly, the Power is overkill for the 1800x which runs cool no matter what I do to it. The Direct would have saved me $10, and kept it almost as cool.
I like the True Spirit series. They have great performance and are very space efficient. They are well built and look really good. Their fans seem to be excellent.
IMHO Thermalright is the Rolls Royce of air coolers. All four of our family computers are equipped with Thermalright coolers. I have a box full of old Thermalright video card and CPU coolers that I would like to use some day; these coolers seem to last forever.
I personally am a big fan of
I personally am a big fan of their Macho series, although they are huge. But you must believe me, they’re great coolers, and nobody does them as good as they do.
what are your temps at with
what are your temps at with that cooler?