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The Trinity is the first Thermolab cooler I have looked at since I reviewed the Barram back in 2009. Overall, I am happy with the Trinity. The cooler is a solid performer, easy to install, and coming in at the $55 mark, it is easy on the wallet. Thermolab is still new to some enthusiasts; Trinity is their 7th cooler for the enthusiast market, but they are doing well. The Trinity was within 4 degrees of the top coolers throughout most of the testing. Looking at just the air coolers at 4GHz, the Trinity comes in 3rd place, but is less expensive than the two coolers that beat it: the Zalman CNPS9900 Max and the Prolimatech Super Mega.


Legit Reviews Source: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/1600/1/
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I love Thermolab, their Baram is still my favorite air cooler.
    
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Looks like a great cooler.
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Yeah up with the top air coolers that aren't included in the test at all.

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Yeah up with the top air coolers that aren't included in the test at all.

NH-D14
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This. Great enthusiast cooler eh? Last time I saw a direct comparison, my Mega Shadow beat out the Super Mega....and this falls 4.75 degrees below the Super Mega's performance? Uh thanks, but no thanks.
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lol zalman cooler beating it? I thought Zalman was well-known to be a rip-off for scrubs? I'm not saying they perform the WORST but they haven't even been close to top-tier since before C2D came out

EDIT: Lucky 13 explains it all!
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lol zalman cooler beating it? I thought Zalman was well-known to be a rip-off for scrubs? I'm not saying they perform the WORST but they haven't even been close to top-tier since before C2D came out

EDIT: Lucky 13 explains it all!
I have to disagree with you. The Zalman CNPS11X is on par with the Noctua NH-D14 according to this review: http://www.tweaknews.net/reviews/zal...eme/index8.php
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For $80 I wouldn't pay for the NH-D14. For $60 shipped maybe.

I mean, seriously, those coolers are HUGE and pointlessly huge at that. This cooler has four heatpipes and is tiny by comparison, not to mention cheap when compared to the Noctua cooler, AND keeps up with most of the higher end models.

I think this is a win.
     
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Not a enthusiast cooler, but supreme for every home user who wants his/her computer to run cool and quite but does anyone know how it compares against Hyper 212+ since they can be around $15-20 every now and than.
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For $80 I wouldn't pay for the NH-D14. For $60 shipped maybe.

I mean, seriously, those coolers are HUGE and pointlessly huge at that. This cooler has four heatpipes and is tiny by comparison, not to mention cheap when compared to the Noctua cooler, AND keeps up with most of the higher end models.

I think this is a win.
It's all about heat load. The NH-D14 just eats it up and keeps going. But you are not taking into consideration that,

1) It comes with 2 fans that retail for above $20 so we'll say there's $40 so basically you are getting the actual cooler for $40

2) Comes with 6 year no fuss warranty.

3) It has a build quality second to none.

4) if you need extra fan clips or vibration dampeners then email Noctua and they'll send them out free of charge.

So it will pay for it's self over and over again. In 6 years I would of gone through 6 processors, and if it fails then I get a new one or the equivalent at the time no charge.
Edited by smash_mouth01 - 4/26/11 at 8:29pm
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