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I finally got my TT120 for my rig (in sig) today. When I opened the box my first impression was, "Wow, this thing is massive ." It really put my Zalman 9500 to shame. After opening the box I immediately proceeded to install my brand new sexy heatsink.

First thing I did was check out the stock fan and how to change it. It was easy enough to do because the fan just slid out the top which is a really cool feature. I had a spare 120mm fan I never got to use that I was saving specifically for the TT120 (http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16811999122). I already have one of these for an exhaust on my computer and it is extremely loud, but I dont really care about noise so the "ultra silent" feature on the TT120 never really appealed to me. So far the installation was extremely easy so I THOUGHT I would have no other problems dealing with this heatsink...

Mounting the TT120 consist of a universal "H" plate which can be used for sockets 478, 775, and k8, 2 springs and 2 screws for K8, simple enough no? Not if the motherboard's back plate has the threads only on the bottom part and doesnt extend high enough on top of the motherboard. At first I thought I was going crazy trying to force these screws down. It would just not reach at all and I ended up scratching up my hands and bleeding some from the blades of the heatsink. I had a feeling I wasnt just crazy and there was something wrong with the back plate that came with motherboard. Luckily I had a spare asus mobo so I took the back plate from that and placed it on my BFG. This asus back plate had threads from bottom to top and extended up passed the motherboard quite a bit. Now the screws could easily be screwed on and I got my beast of a heatsink mounted on correctly. I was indeed happy, I was going to literally die of sadness if I could not get this heatsink on.

I ran OCCTs 30 minute stability test and here are my previous and new results.

Zalman 9500

Idle: 38c
Load: 40c

Tuniq Tower 120

Idle: 36c
Load: 37c

One thing I noticed about this BFG board a while ago is that the temps read differently than my dead asus/dfi boards. However you can clearly see my temps were lower than with the 9500. I did apply AS5 so hopefully when that burns in my temps will be even lower.

My final thoughts...yes the Tuniq Tower 120 is definitely worth the money. Not only did it decrease my temps but it also looks so cool! Installation was simple with the exception of the back plate issue. Also make sure your case has room for this, the TT120 was 1~2cm away from my case. I never used the stock fan so I cant give my opinon on how well that cools, but I never planned on using it like I stated before. Heres a few pics I took:



You can clearly see there is no threading at the top, stupid back plate...



Yellow: Stupid backplate thing doesnt stick out enough.
Red: Thats where the asus backplate went up to.

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Sweet! Did you lap it? I got mine pretty convex.
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Na, I didnt lap it. I'll save that for another day, too lazy
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OMG! I have seen that cooler sooo many times.... and still my heart palpitates, my palms get sweaty and something ineffable calls to me.

I like my Noctua, and it works great - I mean really great, but it looks like a "1900's Boiler" compared to the Tuniq's "polished and ported V-8" look.

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thats a curious way of mounting the TT120? Wouldn't it be better to have the fan blowing out the back rather than up into the PSU? Plus you are sucking the hot air off your vga which can't be helping temps. What was your reason for that orientation?
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I have mine blowing into the case (away from the exhaust). This gave me better results than with it blowing the air out the exhaust. Don't know why.....
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thats a curious way of mounting the TT120? Wouldn't it be better to have the fan blowing out the back rather than up into the PSU? Plus you are sucking the hot air off your vga which can't be helping temps. What was your reason for that orientation?
I would like to do it that way, but the way the mounting holes are on my mobo forced me to do it like that. On my old 9500 you could change the way it faced no matter where the mounting holes were at. So yeah Just the many faults of this BFG mobo lol.
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I would like to do it that way, but the way the mounting holes are on my mobo forced me to do it like that. On my old 9500 you could change the way it faced no matter where the mounting holes were at. So yeah Just the many faults of this BFG mobo lol.
bummer, I think my mounting holes are in the same place also Is your mobo 939? The only good thing is that i've got a P180 which doesn't have a hot psu directly above the HS. I'm hoping I can figure out a way of mounting it the other way. There has to be a tut out there on how to mod it... there has to be
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bummer, I think my mounting holes are in the same place also Is your mobo 939? The only good thing is that i've got a P180 which doesn't have a hot psu directly above the HS. I'm hoping I can figure out a way of mounting it the other way. There has to be a tut out there on how to mod it... there has to be
Yes it is 939, but I'm still getting lower temps so I'm not too dissapointed about it. If you do figure out a way hit me up
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Nice setup. A recommendation... try running that main power line behind/below the TT air path. I've found by using something of a loop type retainer below the rear fan works very well to retain the cable for a less obstructive route.
    
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