Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct

When this cooler arrived, I yelled "first" because no one else had it.

Posted by HowManySmall on November 28th, 2016
TS use the principle of heatpipe direct touch, provides seamless thermal conduction between the heatsink and CPU.
Aluminum heat sinks with our latest design to accelerate airflow to increase the efficiency of the fan.
The Best C/P CPU Cooler for Overclockers & Gamers!

I won this in a giveaway! Since the only people who have this cooler is Doyll and me, and Doyll has Intel, I have no idea what to expect from this cooler on AMD.

Test System

  • CPU: AMD FX-8350 (overclock: 4.6GHz@1.49v)

  • Motherboard: ASUS M5A97 R2.0

  • Memory: Kingston HyperX FURY 16GB (2x8GB) DDR3L-1600

  • GPU: Sapphire R9 Fury NITRO 4GB

  • Case: NZXT S340

  • PSU: Corsair HX750 (replacement on the way)

  • Software: SpeedFan / Prime95 / AIDA64 Engineer / CPU-Z / Speccy / AMD Overdrive / Windows 10 Professional

Installation

Installing this was sooooooooooooooooooo easy because of Thermalright's consistent mounting hardware. Seriously, I didn't have to open anything aside from the cooler and the bag of thermal paste. On the topic of the thermal paste, who the hell thought putting it in a bag was a good idea?! It's not resealable unlike a tube, and a tube is easier for me to use than a bag. Also, Thermalright absolutely needs to think of a better way for putting fans on the cooler. I adore CRYORIG's method, as it's easy and it doesn't scratch up the heatsink (tell your boss to give whoever thought of this a raise, @Steve-S). Rants aside, I'm gonna give this thing a 9.5 instead of a 10 because of the fan clips. I also should mention that the thing I circled below is actually built-in now. I love this.

Macho X2 thing
The circled thing is built in!

Noise Level

I didn't know if there were any anti-vibration mounts at the time, I looked so hard for them but was unsuccessful. When I gave this to my friend for a few days, he said that there were anti-vibration mounts, and they are these little rubber tubes. Anyway, I installed the fan without them, preparing my ears for the vibration storm that I expected to come, but to my surprise, it was quiet and had no noticeable vibrations. What they did I will never know, all I know is that it made my life a hell of a lot easier. It was as quiet as my Macho X2 while idling, and got ever so slightly louder under load. Great job Thermalright, you have earned my mostly worthless 10.

Performance

I'm sorry, I can't do overclocked testing because of my dying power supply. Let's get on to the temperatures. I found out that this cooler is quite a performer for the size. At idle, it did about 38°C which isn't too bad, but it is the hottest of the three coolers I currently have reviewed. Under load it did 60°C, which is the second best, narrowly beating out the H55. I feel pretty good about this cooler, so it'll get a 10.

Not actually correct.

Aesthetics

The same applies for this as the Macho X2, it looks good and doesn't look like a spaceship from the year 3000, except this doesn't take up so much space as the X2, so I'm going to give it a 9.5 instead of the Macho X2's 9.

AXP-200
The packaging says AXP-200. Wot
TRUE Spirit 140 Direct Box
Hey, look! An okay picture!
Heatsink
I took a picture upstairs. Hey, look at my cat!




Closing

I'm pretty impressed with this little thing. It's so freaking tiny that you wouldn't expect much out of it, but you are wrong to think that. Shame on you! This little thing did so well that I'm actually thinking of keeping it instead of giving it to my friend, but I'm most definitely going to give him it. If Thermalright can nail the pricing in the USA, I'll be happy to recommend this every time I speak.

Scoring

  • Performance (40% of the score): 10

  • Noise Level (30% of the score): 10

  • Installation (20% of the score): 9.5

  • Aesthetics (10% of the score): 9.5

  • Final Score: 9.85 / 10

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