|Best CPU Cooler Performance Intel/AMD Q1-2010|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 13 March 2010|
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Thermalright Venomous-X Heatsink
For as long as Benchmark Reviews has tested CPU coolers, the Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme (TRUE) has been a top contender.
Although the TRUE leaves behind a very long legacy of revisions and changes, Thermalright has moved on with an improved design that borrows from established technology.
The Thermalright Venomous-X is the fruit of those labors, and concentrates six 6mm heat-pipe rods into a staggered 'U' layout placed among dense aluminum "bent winglet" finsink plates.
Features and Specification
Aside from the improved Venomous-X heatsink design, Thermalright has introduced a new high-pressure bolt-through mounting system. This kit is only sold with the Thermalright Venomous-X heatsink, but with enough feedback from consumers Thermalright may soon offer it seperately for previous heatsink products. The Thermalright Venomous-X heatsink support the most current Intel LGA775/1156/1333 sockets only, for an additional $10 the AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 mounting kit will extend compatibility to Athlon and Phenom processors.
Better than previous TRUE heatsinks, the Thermalright Venomous-X receives a polished nickel finish on the contact base and removes the need for lapping. The extremely high-pressure mounting system paired to the flat polished contact surface means that a thin application of low viscosity thermal paste such as the included Chill-Factor TIM will offer the best results.