Originally Posted by dahdout
the true is the best no matter what.
this site, http://www.frostytech.com/top5heatsinks.cfm
, is completely bull****. It is so inaccurate, that it in fact lists the thermalright ultra 120 over the ultra 120 exreme.
that site is untrustable, listen to me, i own a q9450 and i cool it with a true black edition (thermalright ultra 120 extreme anniversary edition) my temps are INCREDIBLY LOW. If you get the TRUE, make sure you use 2 120mm fans on it (push and pull.)
if you overclock, the true can handle it,
if you overclock over 4.3ghz, then switch to water cooling, as no current
air cooling solution is able to cool that
I also find it strange that the regular ultra-120 beats the TRUE, so I'm not sure about the validity of the TRUE review. As I mentioned before, maybe they got a very bad sample. I won't generalize the site pending one bad review though. We all make mistakes.
The Black Edition should perform identical to the regular TRUE. I disagree with the fact that you MUST use a push-pull config. It's thoroughly confirmed that a push-pull will only lower your load temps by ~2c and only in more extreme conditions. The added noise is not worth the extra fan (unless you don't care about noise at all). A good rear exhaust behind the TRUE is more than enough.
I've used the TRUE in all 3 combinations, push, pull, push-pull. Push-pull with two UK-2000 only lowered my temps by 1c, but added significant noise. Pull is ideal for single fan accordingly to many tests.
I would also like to see some of your temps...and marsey99 is right, hte IFX-14 is the best air cooling solution. It beats the TRUE, but you would have to seriously max out it's fan possibilities. I'm talking Delta 76mm fans. In most cases both will perform equal.
I guess it's comments like this that give us TRUE owners a bad rap of being fanboys. I love my TRUE, but there's plenty of other coolers out there that can give similar results, and yes...give more value. I do still side with the TRUE as I believe at the end of the day, the TRUE will still outperform, modded of course
even if by a little...