Testing Configuration and Benchmarks Used
System mounted TRUE Spirit 140 Direct Cooler, stock Single-fan configuration
System mounted TRUE Spirit 140 Direct Cooler, Dual-fan configuration
To validate the performance of the cooler under comparison, the coolers were tested with the CPU running at stock and at a known stable overclocking speed using an X99-based motherboard so that comparative results could be provided for Haswell-E based systems. The benchmark tests used should give you a good understanding of the tested water block capabilities so that you, the reader, can make a more informed purchasing decision.
|Test System Setup|
|CPU||Intel X99-based system
Intel Core i7-5960X
Stock – 3.0GHz, 30 x 100MHz Base Clock
Overclock – 4.20GHz, 42 x 100MHz Base Clock
|Motherboard||ASUS X99-A II|
|Memory||Intel X99-based system
Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2666 modules
Stock – 2133MHz, 15-17-17-35-2T
Overclocked – 2666MHz, 15-17-17-35-2T
|Hard Drive||Intel 730 240GB SSD
Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB SATA III HD
|Sound Card||On-board sound|
|Video Card||NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB|
|CPU Cooling||Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Air Cooler
Noctua NH-D15 CPU Air Cooler
XSPC Raystorm Pro water block
XSPC Photon 170 Tube Reservoir with D5 pump
XSPC RX480 V3 Radiator
|Video Drivers||NVIDIA 376.33|
|Power Supply||Corsair HX750|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro x64 Anniversary Release (build 1607)|
|Thermal Paste||MG Chemicals 860-60G Silicone Heat Transfer Compound|
|Coolant||Distilled Water with PK-Nuke|
The 64-bit Windows 10 based test bench used for Intel X99 LGA2011-v3 board testing includes an Intel Core i7-5960X CPU, 32GB of DDR4-2666 memory, an NVIDIA GTX 780 3GB video card, and an Intel 730 240GB SSD drive. Using the selected components gives us the ability to demonstrate the cooling system's capabilities rather than that of the system components.
Benchmark Tests used for evaluation:
- AIDA64 Extreme Edition v5.30.4000
- EVGA OC Scanner X v22.214.171.124
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?