|Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler CLP0574|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 17 February 2011|
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Thermaltake Jing Details
With its fans and fan brackets removed, we can see the 41 aluminum fins more clearly. Five heat pipes loop through the nickel-plated copper base and up either side of the heat sink. Although the design of the fins is slightly different, the overall appearance is very similar to Thermaltake's own Frio cooler.
The Jing's two 42CFM fans are configured in a push-pull arrangement. This design— a relatively narrow heat sink with fans on either side— is becoming more common. It's a good compromise between airflow, cooling, and something that will fit in the majority of computer cases.
The Jing's unusual open-frame fans are not PWM; they use standard 3-pin connectors, and each one has a spliced-on control knob that can be used to manually vary the speed of the fan between 800 and 1,300RPM. If you unplug the knob, the fans run at their minimum speed. Thermaltake doesn't supply a "Y" power cable, so you'll need two motherboard connectors (or a Molex to 3-pin adapter) to power both fans. This is the same mechanism used on the Thermaltake Frio cooler we reviewed previously.
The mounting system comprises a plastic "universal" backplate that supports Intel Sockets 775, 1155, 1156, and 1366 as well as AMD sockets AM2, AM2+, and AM3. Screws inserted through the back are secured by black plastic screw-down retainers (on the left in this image), which support the metal mounting brackets for the heat sink (on the right in this image).
Mounting brackets with captive, spring loaded screws attach to the heat sink base and secure the heat sink to the motherboard brackets.
Now that the heat sink's installed, it's time to test it.