|Best CPU Cooler Performance Q2-2010|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles - Testing by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 28 July 2010|
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Thermalright Venomous-X RT Cooler
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 nickel-plated copper 6mm heat-pipe rods into a staggered 'U' layout placed among dense aluminum "bent winglet" finsink plates.
There are two versions of the Thermalright Venomous-X: a standard version without any fans, and the $68 Thermalright Venomous-X RT which include one 120mm cooling fan and AMD mounting hardware.
Aside from the improved Venomous-X heatsink design, Thermalright has introduced a new high-pressure bolt-through mounting system they call 'Pressure Vault'. This bracket system is only sold with the Thermalright Venomous-X heatsink, but with enough feedback from consumers Thermalright may soon offer it separately for previous heatsink products. The Thermalright Venomous-X RT heatsink support the most current Intel LGA775/1156/1333 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 sockets, while the standard Venomous-X version requires an additional $10 for the AMD mounting kit that extends compatibility to Athlon and Phenom processors.
Considerably 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 bracket system that's paired to the flat polished contact surface means that only a thin application of low viscosity thermal paste such as the included Chill-Factor TIM will offer the best results. Because the contact base uses a convex design, Thermalright suggests that enthusiasts avoid lapping the already-polished surface.
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