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I've been looking into a new cooler for my rig overhaul, and I've been hearing a lot of fuss about the Thermalright Ultra 120... I was wondering if there's any major difference between the Ultra 120 and the Extreme, if those differences were worth $5, and how people that have used the HS like it.
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I've been looking into a new cooler for my rig overhaul, and I've been hearing a lot of fuss about the Thermalright Ultra 120... I was wondering if there's any major difference between the Ultra 120 and the Extreme, if those differences were worth $5, and how people that have used the HS like it.
I own both. The major differences are that the Ultra 120 Extreme has six heatpipes (the non-Extreme version has four), and that the Extreme doesn't ship with S939 attachment hardware (in contrast, the non-Extreme doesn't ship with AM2 attachment hardware).

In terms of performance, they're very close. In my not-completely-scientific testing (as I have no way to either measure nor control ambient temperatures), the difference is maybe only 2-5 degrees C maximum improvement from the Extreme version. I've also lapped both, and strangely the temperature delta between the two remained consistent after lapping.

Is the Extreme version worth five extra dollars? Only you can answer that. I think the differences in available mounting hardware would determine your choice.

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Every other forum thread I have seen about this states that the Extreme version can achieve anywhere from 3c-6c better than the regular counterpart. Not every result has screenshots and exact proof and some may very well be exaggerations, but I think it would relatively safe to assume a 2-4c drop in load temps could be achieved with the extra heatpipes.

For bragging rights and better cooling I would pay the extra $5.
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To be able to handle a higher heat output if the future goes that way, buy the Extreme Otherwise, enjoy a 2-4 degree drop in the meanwhile.
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Alright, thanks guys.


Although, I seem to have forgotten about the CM Gemin II... it cools pretty much as well as the Ultra 120 Extreme, yet costs $30 less... >.>
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Alright, thanks guys.


Although, I seem to have forgotten about the CM Gemin II... it cools pretty much as well as the Ultra 120 Extreme, yet costs $30 less... >.>
If you install the Gemini it will cool your cpu, board, and memory, but say goodbye to easy ram swap and the ability to maneuver around the inside of your case easily.

I would get the Ultra 120 Extreme over any other cooler except my beloved Tuniq, but even then its a hard sell.
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Well, I've already got the 25mm fan in my Armor to do that... so... I guess Ultra 120 Extreme it is.
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