Manufacturer: Thermolab UK Price (as reviewed): £37.99 (inc VAT) US Price (as reviewed): N/A
A trinity is defined by the Oxford English dictionary as 'a group of three people or things', so we were expecting something pretty spectacular when we first received the Thermolab Trinity. Would it be a three-fan monstrosity? Could it have three separate banks of fins? Would we ever stop asking questions and open the damn box?
It was a slight anticlimax, then, when we opened the box to find just a single tower cooler to greet us. Joking aside, the Trinity looks smart when you first get your hands on it; its fins are all solidly held in pace and it has an attractive top plate, which is the area you'll be looking at for the majority of the time if your case has a side window.
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The fin stack is relatively slim, however. That doesn't prevent Thermolab from claiming that the Trinity can dissipate up to 220W of heat, however, a level that you're only likely to hit with heavy overclocking. Transporting all this waste heat up into the fin stack are four 6mm copper heatpipes that snake out from the aluminium contact plate. These make direct contact with the CPU heatspreader; a risky move that can sometimes leave large gaps between the heatpipes and the metal of the contact plate.
This isn't the case with the trinity, though, as the contact plate is well machined, something that Thermolab claims is achieved by precise CNC milling once the heatsink is fully assembled. Driving precious cool air through the fins of the Trinity is a honking great 130mm fan.
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It's intentionally too large for the fin stack, hanging off the bottom of the cooler by a good 10mm or so. This should in theory help to drive cool air underneath the fins of the cooler to cool the delicate motherboard components, such as the VRMs, that reside near the CPU socket.