Thermalright True Spirit 120M CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by leeghoofd @ 2013-03-31

The Thermalright company is one of the market leaders in processor, graphics cards and chipset cooling. Sporting great designs with innovative ideas, Thermalright has truly deserved it's current position in the very competitive world of aftermarket cooling solutions. Today we review the latest addition to their lineup, the True Spirit 120M CPU cooler. The new kid on the block is based on the their best selling True Spirit cooler. Hence why the product name is practically the same. The addition of the M comes from the increased Memory compatibility this new 120M CPU cooler has. Let's see what all the fuzz is about.

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Memory Compatibility

Without wasting too much words, here are a few pictures of the Thermalright True Spirit 120M installed on the ASUS Maximus V Extreme. We opted to use the Corsair 2800C11 Platinum Dominator kit, which has a tall heatspreader, thanks to the LED light bar.

We encountered a slight compatibility issue with our Maximus V Extreme board and the top mounting plate. Grinding off a mm enabled to correctly position the top plate.




A close up on the backside reveals our concern of the backplate with less then a mm room between the pwm protrusions on the rear of the motherboard. Please verify first if you have enough clearance, otherwise install the cooler without the backplate. Thermalright confirmed our findings and will adjust the addressed issues in an upcoming revision of this cooler.





Even with the 120mm FAN installed there's still plenty of clearance between the RAMs and the FAN. Mission accomplished for this humble True Spirit 120M

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