Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review

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Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Apr 15, 2009 6:40 am

Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review

Thermalright is a name that has defined high end cooling for years. Focusing their efforts towards the HTPC, Thermalright looks to bring much needed cooling and silence to a niche that has only a few to choose from. Does the 900 gram AXP-140 have what it takes to keep your HTPC cool and quiet?

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The AXP-140 opens up a couple of different ways to keep your system cool. Combined with a dual core 45nm CPU you should have no problem running this heat sink without a fan, or with one below 20 decibels. As an HTPC enthusiast that leans more towards the multimedia aspect as opposed to gaming, the difference in sound is HUGE! Instead of hearing the CPU fan spinning its little heart out when it comes to a quiet scene in a movie, you have a silent computer that keeps you focused on being entertained. That is really the whole point here, giving you peace of mind that your hardware is running cool, as well as giving you peace and quiet.


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Re: Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review

Postby Major_A » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:57 pm

I can't really tell so I thought I would ask. How big of a nightmare was that thing to install? I still have a few scars from my XP-120 with the hooks.
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Re: Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review

Postby Bwall » Thu Apr 16, 2009 5:16 am

It was fairly straightforward once you figure out the right order to do things, much easier than the XP120.

Put on your thermal goo of choice and then set the heatsink on the motherboard, aligning the screws into the holes. Hold the base of the heatsink on to the board with one hand and flip the board over, attaching the nuts. Basically the retention piece at the base of the heatsink moves a little but is held in place by the heatpipes, so I just slipped my hand under the fins and held the retention bracket to keep it in place.
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Re: Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review

Postby mr_noname111 » Thu Apr 16, 2009 2:56 pm

heatpipes :supz:
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Re: Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review

Postby Gomeler » Thu Apr 16, 2009 4:27 pm

Any chance of a 65nm B3 Q6600 or a Core i7? Curious how it handles excessive amounts of heat.

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Re: Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review

Postby Bwall » Thu Apr 16, 2009 6:46 pm

Gomeler wrote:Any chance of a 65nm B3 Q6600 or a Core i7? Curious how it handles excessive amounts of heat.

mr_noname111 wrote:heatpipes :supz:


No joke :shock:


I only have one Core 2 processor left these days, the early B2 E6700 that was used here. If I can get my hands on the 1366 mount I may give it a ride on an i7 920.
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Re: Thermalright AXP-140 HTPC CPU Cooler Review

Postby Banjo » Fri Apr 17, 2009 5:39 am

Hi all, sorry to be awkward but could you, if time allows, test the cooler in an open case or on a table or something with a standard 120mm fan on and throw some stress tests at it?

I'm sorry to ask but I'm considering buying this cooler to cool my current PC (E8500 @ 4.25GHz, 1.360V)
(I may have to import one of these from the US to Britain :( )

I'd actually love you forever if you were able to run a bit of Prime or IntelBurn at the overclocked E6700 used in this review as the results would make the decision for me :)

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