Intel P4 Aircooling - Heatsink Roundup Q4 2004

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2004-10-28

In this roundup we compare 13 different P4 heatsinks made by Thermalright, Coolermaster, Scythe, Speeze, Swiftech, Evercool, Aerocool and TTIC. Using different fans at low and high speed we try to find the best bang for the buck, best performer and most silent heatsink out there.

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Thermalright XP-120

Thermalright XP-120:

The XP-120 features native 120mm fan support, quite a rarity in the CPU cooler market, when it was first introduced a lot of people questioned its compatibility with current and future motherboards, time for Thermalright to prove themselves


This heatsink can be installed on:

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there is a P4 only version out there, the other is for P4 and A64
The difference is clearly marked on the packing box

* Copper base with with 5 heatpipes, fins in aluminum
* 120mm fan support
* 370gr


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Excellent finishing, a very smooth copper base, no less then 5 heatpipes which disperse their heat to aluminum fins which cover the surface the size of an 120mm fan. A small rubber strip needs to be attached at each side to reduce vibration noise.


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Motherboard removal is strongly advised, not all motherboard can accommodate the large size of this heatsink, please refer to these lists from Thermalright(P4/A64). Getting the clips under the Intel retention bracket’s lips can be quite a challenge, even more so then with the XP-90, overall straightforward installation.

Problems and issues:

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  • Depending on which motherboard you have, you might encounter mounting difficulties, on the Asus P4C800 the XP-120 will bend some of capacitors next to the CPU socket.

  • fan mounting clips: the included clips only with fans which have open corner flanges


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    Seeing as the XP-90 provided excellent performance, it would be a shame to see the XP-120 perform worse, luckily it doesn’t disappoint, with impressive temperature results at both low and high settings its claims a place at the top of the ranking.
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