Thermalright Ultra-90 CPU Cooler Review

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2006-09-08

Thermalright is back with their first high performance tower heatsink, designed to work with high speed fans it?s destined to keep your CPU running cool, let?s find out how it does.

  • prev
  • next

Closer & Installation

Madshrimps (c)


There are two version of the Ultra-90, one for Intel S775 comes with push pins and can be freely rotated in any direction, installation is plug and play. The S939/AM2 version comes with a separate mounting clip which allows you to install the Ultra-90 in only one direction which is directly related to your socket orientation. On my DFI NF3 250Gb motherboard this leads to a less then optimal configuration, as the heatsink is not pointing towards the rear of the case.

Madshrimps (c)


Optional Extra: S Mounting Clip

Madshrimps (c)


Luckily Thermalright has recently released the S-clip, as the name implies, it's a mounting clip for Ultra-90 and HR-01 in the form of an S which allows you to freely orientate the heatsink on the S939/AM2 bracket. Installation is slightly different from what you might be used to, there is spring in the middle which pushes a pin down onto the heatsink's base, of course there is a weight limit using this method, probably the reason why the Ultra-120 is not supported by this S-clip.

Madshrimps (c)


I've tested the Ultra-90 with the normal and S-clip, in the optimal configuration the temperature results on the CPU were ~2?C lower, not too bad in a low airflow enclosure.

Madshrimps (c)


Onto our test setup ->
  • prev
  • next