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Well, I've just about had it with my current HSF (Scythe Ninja Plus). I hate to say it, but it's absolute junk. Bulky, heavy, flimsy mounting bracket, and didn't cool any better than the stock HSF until I bought a new fan for it.

Just to give you all an idea, my cores idle around 38C. It doesn't really matter if it's at 2.4GHz or 3GHz, they're practically the same (since my voltage is still at stock).

Anyway, I've tried several reseats, extreme small amounts of AS5, but honestly, nothing has improved. When I built my system, I was recommended this HSF, but after my purchase I read some "not so good" reviews. Also, the Scythe is so large, it makes mounting difficult and the blades of the HS practically come in contact with other heatsinks and the RAM.

I'm looking for something that will work well and fit well (meaning, good clearance and somewhat easy to mount). I don't care too much about the cost, but of course, I'm not looking to spend a fortune.

Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 25
Thermalright TRUE
http://www.sidewindercomputers.com/thulexbled.html
Edited by Juggalo23451 - 2/17/09 at 7:38pm
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check your case to see if it will fit a TRUE120, if it does, it'll be the last LGA775 cooler you ever buy... I promise.

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post #5 of 25
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I would assume it would fit in a Thermaltake Armor Full-ATX right? They don't come much bigger. But is the clearance at the bottom (where the bracket is) easy enough to work with/mount?
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post #6 of 25
Thermalright true is the best. In a close second, and I mean VERY close is the Xigmatek s1283. Its half of the price of the TRUE and its off by 1-2*C in temps.
So bang for the buck its better.

As for your thermal interface material, AS5 sux :turd: 200+ hours of cure time is a nuisance. If you can find it, get ICD7 dropped my temps 3*c @ idle and 7*C @ load over AS5. If you cant find it get either OCZ freeze, or Tuniq MX2. Those are also VERY good TIMs.
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post #7 of 25
Their product compatibility page at thermalright's website says that it fits "okay" for your motherboard type, which is fine, however you'd be surprised about the case clearance.

My Silverstone TJ09 is a monster for clearance and it only "just barely" clears the motherboard tray slide to fit. It does, but you have to go slow or it will catch.
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post #8 of 25
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How easy is it to mount it if the mobo is still in the case? What I don't like about the Scythe Ninja is the fact that there isn't much clearance between the heatsink fins and the mount.
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post #9 of 25
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Originally Posted by UnderEstimated View Post
How easy is it to mount it if the mobo is still in the case? What I don't like about the Scythe Ninja is the fact that there isn't much clearance between the heatsink fins and the mount.
You can't mount the TRUE with your mobo attached to the mobo tray. There's a stability/strength bracket that attaches to that back of the motherboard so that the TRUE doesn't rip your motherboard in half when you put it horizontal (not really going to rip anything off, but it's sure heavy enough ). It's irrelevant that it's a hassle to install due to this, because the performance and cooling increase after it's installed outweighs the annoyance.
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There's a stability/strength bracket that attaches to that back of the motherboard so that the TRUE doesn't rip your motherboard in half when you put it horizontal (not really going to rip anything off, but it's sure heavy enough )...
LOL, considering that a TRUE120 weighs 790g / 1.75lbs on it's own, I wouldn't doubt that it could break a motherboard if it was mounted poorly enough. Here are some additional tips/considerations...

1. the mounting screws "bottom out" so when your mounting the thing, make sure you turn them all the way until they stop.
2. however, always, whenever mounting anything - be-it a tire on a car or a heatsink on your motherboard - always tighten the screws equally in a cross-star pattern.
This means after you've gotten the screw set in their treads a little bit, turn each one a equal amount of turns, in an alternating pattern. Upper-left x 3 turns then lower-right 3 turns then lower-left x 3 turns and finally upper-right x 3 turns...and repeat until the screws are all bottomed out to ensure equal pressure is applied as you're tightening them down...

3. If you can spring for the extra $35-40 USD, the IFX-10 Backside Cooler comes with one of the best mounting plates for use in conjunction with the TRUE120 but it's up to you if you'd want to spring for almost $100 USD in cooling products for your CPU alone. If you're not going to be overclocking the bejesus out of your processor you might not need it but it doesn't seem like they sell that specific mounting plate without it.

Might be worth an email to their support staff to see if they'll part with one individually though. Or try Gary Stofer over at sidewindercomputers.com, he's been really good at getting me random odds and ends from ThermalRight when I've needed them - including my current (discontinued) HR-03 PLUS when no one else could. :shrug:

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Hope some of that helps, I'm a huge fan of the TRUE120, even if they sometimes need a little lapp-job to show their real brilliance... ;-p
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