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Thermalright Ultima 90 Heatsink


Author:  Jason Jacobs
Date:  2008.04.15
Topic:  Cooling
Provider:  Thermalright
Manufacturer:  Thermalright






Thermalright Ultima 90

Introduction:

Thermalright manufactures heatsinks, chassis, waterblocks, thermal paste, and more for your PC. We have a sample of thier Ultima 90 heatsink in for testing and are really suprised by the simplicity of design and performance of this heatsink. As do so many other heatsinks on the market today the Ultima 90 employs the use of heatpipes to carry heat away from the main block up to rows of fins for dissipation. We have seen the sucess of this design in past heatsinks and will show you how the Ultima 90 performs in our tests.

Design:

Click on the thumbnails for a larger image.

As you can see the Ultima 90 uses two sets of three heatpipes in a U shape to transmit heat picked up from the bottom block up through rows of fins. The Ultima 90 is designed to use either a 90mm or 120mm fan for your choice of cooling power. In our tests we were able to use this heatsink without a fan at all utilizing only the airflow from case fans. We will discuss this more later in this review.

 

Specifications:

INTEL: All Intel Socket LGA775 processors
AMD: Athlon64 / FX / X2 / Opteron Socket AM2 processors
Socket 939 compatible with 939 Bolt thru kit , sold separately.

  • Six-heatpipe design for extra fast heat transfer
  • Stepping fins to hold 92mm/120mm fans
  • Light and easy installation
  • High performance, low noise level at competitive price

The Thermalright Ultima 90 comes with mounting plates for both the LGA 775 and AMD K8. What is not widely known is that the Ultima 90 has the ability to be mounted to Xeon's via an X shaped bracket that can be adjusted for the mounting holes. Due to its relatively tall stance we doubt that it will find much use in that setting outside of larger desktop cases with a Xeon in them.

 

 



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