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Tuniq Tower 120 LFB Heatsink Review
Tuniq Tower 120 LFB Heatsink Review
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Abstract: The Tower 120's main claim to fame is an integrated 120mm fan, set uniquely within the body of a densely packed array of aluminum cooling fins.

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Tuniq   Cooling / Heatsinks   Nov 30, 2007   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Intel LGA775 Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

FrostyTech Mk.II Synthetic Thermal Heatsink Test Results
Intel Pentium D / Extreme Edition & Quad Core class heatsinks tested at 150W
Intel Core 2 Duo / Pentium 4 / Celeron class heatsinks tested at 85W

Results based on readings from a 30x30mm copper interface die with 150W and 85W heat loads applied on the LGA775 version of the Mk.II Test Platform. Temperature results listed for each heatsink were calculated by determining the rise over ambient temperatures at time of test. Information on Frostytech's test methodology is available here.
Socket 775 compatible CPU heatsinks
Manufacturer: Model No.: Fan Speed: 150W
Thermal Test* (°C)
85W
Thermal Test (°C)
Noise Level (dBA)

Thermalright Ultra 120 17.8 10.6 53.7
3Rsystem Iceage 120 high 18.2 12.147.9
Apack Zerotherm BTF92 OC Edhigh 19.0 11.2 53.6
Zalman CNPS9700 LED high 19.0 10.4

56.5

Tuniq Tower 120 high 19.6 12.2 51.6
Thermalright Ultra-90 high 19.6 13.0 56.2
Enzotech Ultra-X high 20.0 8.5 59.1
Apack Zerotherm BTF90 21.8 12.7 52.1
Xigmatek HDT-S963 high 21.9 13.7 50.2
Akasa AK-965 high 22.2 13.8 48.1
Apack Zerotherm BTF80 22.8 13.9 51.9
Cooljag Falcon 92-AL high 23.2 14.2 52.1
Rosewill RCX-Z3 high 23.3 14.0 58.6
Coolink Silentator high 23.5 16.4 41.2
Scythe Mine Rev. B 23.6 15.0 36.8
Cooljag Falcon 92-Cu high 23.6 14.8 52.8
Tuniq Tower 120 low 24.2 14.4 33.9
Akasa AK-920 high 24.3 14.1 52.9
Asus Arctic Square high 24.9 14.9 44.9
Akasa AK-922 (EVObue) high 25.5 15.4 60.3
Coolermaster Aquagate Mini R80 high 25.7 16.2 59.2
Auras SLC-747 high 27.9 25.7 52.2
Thermalfly F1-IACSHA high 29.0 18.3 60.4
nPowertek TTIC NPH1000 29.3 16.8 47.5
Thermalfly I75DUB high 29.5

16.8

68.5
Zalman CNPS9500 AT 29.6 17.3 53.3
Alpha Novatech PRE9060M92P high 29.9 18.5 51.5
Scythe Kama Cross 30.0 18.8 40.0
Akasa AK-961 30.0 18.7

60.7

Rosewill RCX-Z2-EX high 30.1 18.7 45.9
nPowertek NPH-775-1 30.1 18.8 50.1
Sunon Waturbo 30.6 18.3 57.5
Apack CF800 high 31.4 20.7 48.4
Thermaltake Jungle512 high 31.6 20.4 60.8
Coolage Frozen Orb F0-Z924AL high 32.0 19.9 48.9
Xigmatek AIO-S80DP high 32.4 21.4 55.0
Scythe Katana II 32.5 18.6 37.9
Rosewill RCX-Z2

32.6

19.3 59.9
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu high 32.9 19.7 50.7
Apack CF900 high 32.9 20.3 48.3
Evercool PT02-9232CP 33.3 19.9 63.3
Zalman CNPS7700-Cu LED high 33.5 20.6 49.8
Intel Stock Pentium D high 33.8 20.7 47.5
nPowerTek SF775-2 high 34.7 21.1 64.6
Akasa AK-960E 36.1 21.4 56.3
Zalman CNPS7500-Cu LED high 36.4 22.9 50.9
Thermalfly I75DUH 37.8 22.8 48.7
Akasa AK-975CU high 38.4 23.0 47.7
Cooljag OAK-H high 38.5 22.9 55.7
Cooljag OAK-H2 high 38.6 24.1 55.6
LS Cable SHS-T700 38.7 22.8 48.5
Intel Stock Core 2 Duo 49.2 29.0 36.7
Glacialtech Igloo 5062 Cu Light 50.6 29.7 45.2
Glacialtech Igloo 5057 E 58.5 36.1 53.4
Spire Fourier IV SP607B3-C 63.6 18.7 60.2
Cooljag OAK-H low 95.3 54.5 29.5
150W
Thermal Test (°C)
85W
Thermal Test (°C)
Noise Level (dBA)
*Heatsinks are ranked according to the 150W thermal test results column (rise over ambient temp.). Low temperatures with low noise levels are considered best. For reference heatsinks with variable-speed fans, only the high speed (12V) fan test result is included in the comparison sheet; more detailed results reside in each specific heatsink review.

Intel processors vary in power output between single and multi-core models, so FrostyTech tests heatsinks with two thermal loads that represent the upper limit of each CPU family, 150W and 85W. With a 150W heat load applied by the Intel LGA775 version of FrostyTech's synthetic thermal test platform, the Tuniq Tower 120 heatsink yields an Top 10 worthy rise above ambient temperature result of just 19.6°C, with 51.6dBA noise. Tuniq's Tower 120 heatsink was then tested with a 85W heat load, and in this test environment maintained a low 12.2°C rise over ambient temperature.

Fan speed was reduced with the supplied fan speed controller, causing noise levels to decrease from a high of 51.6 dBA to 33.9 dBA. The Tower 120 ran Very quiet indeed.

With this slower fan speed (about 1000RPM), the embedded 120mm fan was able to keep temperatures on the 150W synthetic test platform at a steady 24.2°C over ambient. Next came the 85W test, which resulted in a 14.4°C rise in temperature over ambient.

To put that another way, a decrease in fan speed from 2000 to 1000RPM resulted in a drop in noise from 51.6 dBA to 33.9 dBA - 17.7 dBA. The consequence of which was a rise in temperature in the 150W synthetic temperature test of 4.6°C. For the 85W test scenario, a drop in fan speed caused temperatures to rise by a minor amount, just 2.2°C.

Clearly, the Tuniq Tower 120 is an excellent heatsink for high heat processors and among the best low noise heatsinks out there. The Tuniq Tower 120 heatsink retails for $46USD from CrazyPC.com, so saddle up!

While some of these results aren't included in the above reference chart, we can tell you that the Coolink Silentator is the only heatsink which comes in with lower temperatures and noise levels on the AMD platform. In terms of Intel heatsinks, only the 3Rsystem Iceage 120, Scythe Infinity SCINF-1000, and Scythe Mine Rev. B manage better temperatures with comparable noise levels to that to of the Tuniq Tower 120 heatsink. Check the individual reviews for the full rundown.

There's no getting past the fact the Tuniq Tower 120 is a very large and somewhat bulky heatsink. It's unique thermal design works, and most importantly it works very well as a low noise heatsink. That's something we can all appreciate.... well, no. That's something anyone of us with a large enough case can appreciate. ;) At full fan speed this big cube ranks in with the top 10 best heatsinks Frostytech has tested thus far, and as a low noise heatsink it performs very well on both acoustic and thermal fronts. The mounting hardware may be cude, and installation will require pulling out a motherboard, but the thermal test data gets the last word.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Tuniq Tower 120 LFB Heatsink Review
 2:  360° View - Tuniq Tower 120 Heatsink
 3:  Acoustic Comparisons and Base Surface Quality
 4:  AMD K8 Heatsink Temperature Comparisons
 5: — Intel LGA775 Final Heatsink Temperature Comparisons

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