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http://xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers...ltra120ex.html

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The Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme is the best air cooler I have ever tested in the total of its characteristics. When cooling an overclocked quad-core CPU it is only second to the Enzotech Ultra-X, but the difference is negligible. And the Ultra-120 eXtreme is better in terms of noise. The new cooler is superior to the Scythe Infinity in every parameter: it performs better by 4-5°C at peak CPU load and is more compact and does not bend the mainboard. Moreover, the Ultra-120 eXtreme doesn’t call for a second fan. Installing a second fan on it doesn’t increase its performance much and doesn’t help achieve a much higher CPU frequency at overclocking.

As a result of our today's test session, we are proud to award Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme with our Editor’s Choice as the today’s best processor air cooler.
Nice results but I can't believe they would dare to do a review like this and not include the Tuniq Tower in there......
    
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Nice results but I can't believe they would dare to do a review like this and not include the Tuniq Tower in there......
The Tuniq Tower doesn't compare anyway, and there are 2390482093 other reviews with it in there.
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The Tuniq Tower doesn't compare anyway, and there are 2390482093 other reviews with it in there.
That is far from the truth. Show me where it is not comparable. I would undoubtedly put the 120 Extreme above the Tuniq Tower, but to say it doesn't compare is simply false. Regardless, the Tuniq Tower is better than many of the other coolers included in that review so whether you like it or not, X-bit made a big mistake by not including it in their review.
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The Tuniq Tower is 1C away from the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and that is because the Ultra eXtreme used a higher CFM fan in that one review, and then everybody joined the bandwagon and got 128930283293829382012037 Ultra eXtreme's. Very overrated, in my opinion. Just the opposite of the Enzotech Ultra-X, it is probably the most underrated CPU Cooler.



I see...

Enzotech Ultra-X (~1400RPM) at 37C idle / 68C load while the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme (~1200 RPM) is at 41C idle / 69C load. Hmmmm...

I also see the Enzotech Ultra-X, during the open stand test, running cooler than the Ultra eXtreme. Enzotech at 2500RPM is keeping that Quad Core at 32C idle and 60C load whilst the Ultra eXtreme (The best Air Cooler out today) keeping that same Quad at 34C idle and 62C load... Interesting.


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Though Xbit labs did have the Tuniq Tower 120 as their "Editor's Choice" once.
http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coo...ower120_8.html

The only thing I don't like about those Thermalright coolers is that you'd have to spend another $12-to-$17 for a fan and that's not the case with the Tuniq.

And no, there's no need to change the Tuniq's stock fan because I did and notice no difference at all. And I did it with a Silverstone fan which is very noisy at full speed.

But Thermalright has had a good reputation since the P4 5xx days.

I have two Tuniq Tower's and they're the best.
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The Tuniq Tower is 1C away from the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and that is because the Ultra eXtreme used a higher CFM fan in that one review, and then everybody joined the bandwagon and got 128930283293829382012037 Ultra eXtreme's. Very overrated, in my opinion. Just the opposite of the Enzotech Ultra-X, it is probably the most underrated CPU Cooler.

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Very true, though one of the the Ultra-X's biggest assets is its base finish. It can be matched - if not bested - by the Tuniq Tower when properly lapped. Though the Ultra-X cools RAM and looks much better, too.
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The Enzotech cools the Ram and all of the surrounding electronics on the motherboard much better than the tower coolers, and it keeps the CPU at ~2-3C cooler. So, why is the Thermalright the best cooler on the market?

Open Stand:

Enzotech Ultra (~1400RPM): 32C / 63C
Ultra eXtreme (1x ~1200RPM): 34C / 64C

Enzotech Ultra (~2530RPM): 32C / 60C
Ultra eXtreme (2x ~1200RPM): 34C / 62C

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The Enzotech cools the Ram and all of the surrounding electronics on the motherboard much better than the tower coolers, and it keeps the CPU at ~2-3C cooler. So, why is the Thermalright the best cooler on the market?

Open Stand:

Enzotech Ultra (~1400RPM): 32C / 63C
Ultra eXtreme (1x ~1200RPM): 34C / 64C

Enzotech Ultra (~2530RPM): 32C / 60C
Ultra eXtreme (2x ~1200RPM): 34C / 62C

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The review conducted at anandtech basically says down-facing coolers just can't compete with the likes of the Tuniq and Thermalright... I must admit I think I'll be picking up a thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme for my next build it looks and cools better than the Tuniq(IMHO).



http://www.anandtech.com/casecooling...spx?i=3022&p=1

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It would have been great to see the Enzotech Ultra-X top our cooling test results. This is not because we have a bias in favor of Enzotech, but because a cooler as beautifully finished as the Ultra-X deserves recognition. Unfortunately the best we can say about the Enzotech is that it is the best of the down-facing coolers by a small margin in overclocking, which is a notch below the top-performing heatpipe towers. This is certainly not bad performance, but it is not the best we have tested at AnandTech.

Nothing we have measured in this review of the Enzotech Ultra-X has changed our opinion of the influence of air cooler design on cooler performance. The heatpipe towers with side-facing fans are the top-performing coolers we have tested, in both overclocking ability and cooling efficiency. The best designs with down-facing fans perform in a second tier category just below the top heatpipe towers. The Enzotech Ultra-X performs in that category. That means the top of the air cooler list is still the domain of the Thermalrights, Tuniq Tower 120, and a few push-pull configured towers.

This makes the Ultra-X a beautifully built gem of a cooler with solid engineering of the installation kits for Intel 775 and AMD. The Enzotech is relatively easy to install, but you will have to remove the motherboard to install the Ultra-X. Like many other top coolers the Enzotech Ultra-X is heavy at 835g, but the installation is solid on every motherboard we tried. This is a cooler that attaches to the board securely enough that you won't worry about the cooler falling off when you least expect it. Ultra-X is still a big cooler and you will need to take precautions when moving your system, but the install is solid.

The fan choice for the Ultra-X, however, is not a particularly good selection. It is very noisy at highest speed, where it is most effective at cooling. At lowest speed it is reasonably quiet, but the output borders on anemic. Look back through our reviews of coolers and choose a fan that better balances air output and noise. Fortunately almost any 25mm thick 120mm fan can be mounted on the Ultra-X (though that's an additional cost to an already pricey cooler). Another plus is that the included rheostat for varying fan speed will work on almost any fan with a 3-pin connector, and that means it can be used with almost any 120mm fan.

We really appreciate the obvious quality that went into the manufacturing of the Enzotech Ultra X. The mirror finish mounting base is a very satisfying sight compared to the rough, poorly-machined surfaces seen on far too many coolers today. However, it is hard to argue for mirror-finishes and thoughtful well-engineered installations when you can't find any performance improvements. In the end the Ultra-X still suffers from the same shortfalls as other down-facing coolers, and its cooling efficiency is not even as good as a few of the better down-facers. Overclocking fares a bit better, but then we have a noisy obtrusive fan. If you admire quality production you will like the Ultra-X, but the performance and noise levels still leave a lot to be desired. This is particularly true when you factor in that the Enzotech Ultra-X is one of the more expensive air coolers we have tested. There are better values available in the air cooling market.
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The Enzotech cools the Ram and all of the surrounding electronics on the motherboard much better than the tower coolers, and it keeps the CPU at ~2-3C cooler. So, why is the Thermalright the best cooler on the market?

Open Stand:

Enzotech Ultra (~1400RPM): 32C / 63C
Ultra eXtreme (1x ~1200RPM): 34C / 64C

Enzotech Ultra (~2530RPM): 32C / 60C
Ultra eXtreme (2x ~1200RPM): 34C / 62C

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What are you talking about??
The review states the that the Enzo cools better but,

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The Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme is the best air cooler I have ever tested in the total of its characteristics. When cooling an overclocked quad-core CPU it is only second to the Enzotech Ultra-X, but the difference is negligible.
This was a review of the total package, not just the cooling properties.
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It's down-facing... SO?! It still beats the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme and this is a comparison amongst (is that a word?) CPU Coolers! And they are talking about price? They put two 120mm fans on a $65 Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme.

And, thank you, MasterKromm, for taking the time and doing that.

gruinon: Are they serious? Why are they considering other things besides noise and temperature in a CPU Cooling Comparison?

Edit /// Re-read review. The Thermalright is much, much quieter (by 30-40dBA!).

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