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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 09 October 2009
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366 Q3-2009
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cogage TRUE Spirit
CoolAge CA-X120TF Wind Tunnel
Corsair H50 CWCH50
Scythe Kabuto SCKBT-1000
Scythe Mugen 2 SCMG-2000
Tuniq Tower-120 Extreme
ZEROtherm Nirvana NV120 PWM Premium
Cooler Surface Preparations
Cooler Test Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
Enthusiast Fan Comparison
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best CPU Cooler Conclusion

Cogage TRUE Spirit

Cogage is the brand name for mainstream Thermalright products, and the name stands for Computer and Gaming Gear. The Cogage TRUE Spirit is a more-affordable version of the extremely popular Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme CPU cooler. Both products share the same mounting clip system and base design, but the TRUE Spirit offers only four heat-pipe rods instead of six. Other differences include a light-weight design, reducing the original TRUE (16cm H x 13.2 W x 6.3 L) into the TRUE Spirit (16cm H x 13.2 W x 5.3 L). Overall the Cogage TRUE Spirit closely resembles the Ultra-120 eXtreme, right down to the 58 aluminum bent-winglet fins.

The Cogage TRUE Spirit kit Benchmark Reviews received for testing came with a 120mm cooling fan and traditional Intel push-pin style mounting clip system. Cogage was kind enough to also include the aftermarket LGA1366 Bolt-Thru-Kit by Thermalright (UPC 814256-00079), which was utilized for all tests on the TRUE Spirit as well as the Ultra-120 eXtreme. While the included push-pin mounting system is adequate at best, the aftermarket kit worked extremely well and shared a similar design to the Prolimatech Megahalems. As of October 2009 the Cogage TRUE Spirit was available at FrozenCPU for $39.95.


TRUE Spirit Features

  • Quiet and powerful cooling due to multiple heat pipes and large fin area
  • Supports all clock Core i7
  • Proprietary Bent Winglet design to minimize airflow resistance
  • Utilizes 4 high quality 6mm heatpipes, strategically positioned to pick up the heat from the CPU
  • Stack of 48 Pieces of aluminum fins, can be covered entirely by a 120mm fan to absorb all in-coming air flow
  • Includes PWM Control 120mm x 25mm Fan

CPU-TRI-62 Specifications

  • Cooler Dimensions: 133 x 156 x 38 (L x W x H)
  • Cooler Weight: 670 g
  • Heatpipes: Four
  • Fan Dimensions: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Fan Rated Speed: 1000 - 1500 RPM (±15%)
  • Fan Noise Level: 19.6 - 37.4 dBA
  • Fan Air Flow: 35.0 - 66.5 CFM


About Thermalright, Inc.

Cogage is the brand name for mainstream Thermalright products, and the name stands for Computer and Gaming Gear.

Thermalright is an elite design house that manufactures cooling products for computer components for the best quality and performance your money can buy. In 2002, AMD released its first generation Thunderbird CPU and since then we have been there every step of the way to counter high voltage and high heat with innovative design and highly acclaimed cooling solutions not only for AMD but for Intel as well. One of early well known solutions was the SK-6. With many positive and rave reviews under its belt Thermalright bolted to the top as the heat sink manufacturer mostly preferred by Overclockers and enthusiasts around the World. To this day, innovation never left our vocabulary as we keep coming up with leading edge designs staying ahead of the competition.



# March 11th cooler article?Hugo Martinez 2010-03-11 22:26
Where I am, it's March 12th. I've been looking forward to your March 11th "Q1-2010 Best CPU Cooler Performance LGA1366" article that was scheduled for March 11th. Is it already up but I'm too blind to find it? Or are you running late?

I need to buy a cooler but I promised myself to wait until I read the report.

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# Worth the waitOlin Coles 2010-03-12 07:39
Hello Mr. Martinez:

This article has grown much larger than first planned, and is expected to be published later this afternoon (3/12). It's worth the wait! :)
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# Hope it is worth the waitRaul Tano 2010-03-12 15:40
I'm in the same boat as Mr. Martinez. I eagerly await the article.
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# DiamondsJava_Az 2010-05-24 10:43
although Diamond is a polymorph of the element carbon.Diamond conducts heat better than anything - five times better than the second best element, Silver! I wonder what a diamond heatsink would set you back
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# MikeMichael 2010-09-26 09:34
Diamond only conducts heat in such a manner when it's aligned properly - therefore, you must grow a diamond, or fashion a diamond into a heatsink - you cannot combine diamonds as they would not match in alignment on the molecular level. This means you would need to start with a massive diamond.
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# wrong specificationjason 2010-08-10 13:19
Editors, can you correct the weight in the above specifications?
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# RE: wrong specificationOlin Coles 2010-08-10 13:20
Be more specific, and list your source.
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# RE: wrong specificationsjason 2010-08-12 01:41

SCMG-2000 Specifications
Weight: 870 g
30.7 lb

It should be 30.7oz.
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# RE: wrong specificationsjason 2010-08-11 11:08
Sorry I was talking about the specifications of SCMG-2000.
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# Can Mugen 2 fit in ThermaltakeV3 BE or Cooler Master 430 elite?Deen 2011-02-26 12:52
Can Mugen 2 fit in ThermaltakeV3 BE or Cooler Master 430 elite?
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