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Thermalright True Copper: 2 kg copper cooler reviewed

PCGH reviewed the Thermalright True Copper and checked its cooling capabilities.
Thermalright True Copper (picture: PCGH)
 
Thermalright True Copper (picture: PCGH) [Source: view picture gallery]
What's the real name actually? Some distributors, like PC-Cooling call it "Ultra-120 eXtreme True Copper Heatsink”, while Thermalright is just talking about the "True Copper”. But however it is called: IT is the full copper version of the successful Ultra-120 Extreme, which became available in a "True Black” version only recently. Thus Thermalright offers the cooler in three versions that differ in material and color.

Thermalright True Copper (picture: PCGH)
 
Thermalright True Copper (picture: PCGH) [Source: view picture gallery]
Copper monster in detail
The cooler transfers the heat of the processor via six pipes to the soldered fins. Not only the CPU plate and the heatpipes, but also the fins are made of copper - like on the Scythe Ninja Copper. Because of this the whole devices weights 1.9 kilograms - twice as much as the "normal” Ultra-120 versions. As usual a fan is not included, but fittings for the sockets 775 and AM2 are. With an appropriate kit it is possible to mount the True Copper on socket 1366 Nehalem systems. The fastening with its four screws and the backplate is very tough and keeps the copper block firmly attached to the board - but you shouldn't move the system that much.

Thermalright True Copper reviewed
But how well is the cooler doing? We checked the True Copper on our open test system, which consists of a P35 board with a Core 2 Extreme QX6850. The processor is stressed with Prime 95 to heat it up. Temperatures are recorded with the tool Core Temp. After that we subtract the ambient air temperature to receive comparable Delta temperatures.
With our default fan (Scythe S-Flex SFF21E): The True Copper is head-to-head with the lighter but bigger IFX-14.
 
With our default fan (Scythe S-Flex SFF21E): The True Copper is head-to-head with the lighter but bigger IFX-14. [Source: view picture gallery]

Equipped with our default fan, the scythe S-Flex SFF21E (1,200 rpm), the True Copper caused quite a stir in the PCGH Test Lab: On full fan speed the True Copper was head-to-head with the so far best cooler, the Thermalright IFX-14. With lower fan speed the IFX-14 takes the lead again and if the fan is slowed down even further, other coolers do better. Thus the True Copper is suitable to be combined with fast fans (up to two 120 mm fans can be attached) as a high-end cooler for overclocking PCs.

Thermalright True Copper (picture: PCGH)
 
Thermalright True Copper (picture: PCGH) [Source: view picture gallery]
Conclusion
The copper Ultra-120 Extreme is an excellent cooler and a beauty on top of that. But Thermalright offers a limited number only - actually that is not surprising with a price around 80 Euro. So the True Copper is a real luxury commodity. Let's see if Thermalright will introduce a new version with gold some day. ;-)


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Author: Henner Schröder (Nov 12, 2008)






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