Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Review

Written by Mark Mackay

December 3, 2009 | 09:53

Tags: #lga1156-cooler #lga1366-cooler #socket-am23-cooler

Companies: #tuniq

Testing and Results

We've included results from several CPU coolers in each test. Not all are present in all socket tests because some aren't compatible. In this case we've tried to include a similar cooler from that particular company.

Where CPU coolers had alternative fan speeds, we've tested at both the lowest and highest fan speed settings and recorded idle and load delta T results for each setting to give you some idea as to how much performance is affected.

We've also included the reference cooler for each socket which is a good indicator of what kind of improvement you'd see if in fact you're using the reference cooler. It also acts as a benchmark. For instance, you certainly wouldn't want to buy a cooler that performance worse than the reference cooler.

Delta T is the difference in °C between the ambient temperature and the recorded temperature of the hardware, in this case the CPU. We used Core Temp 0.99.4 to take temperature readings of the CPU from the Digital Thermal Sensor (DTS) embedded in the core of every modern CPU, at idle and under load while using the small FFT test in Prime 95.

A multimeter thermal attachment probe was used to take the ambient air temperature three inches away from the case's primary intake location. Delta T is a more accurate and comparable method of recording temperature because the ambient room temperature fluctuates from day to day.

For Socket AM2+ we used a 3GHz AMD Phenom II X4 940 Black Edition overclocked to 3.6GHz with the vcore boosted to 1.6V. Our LGA775 coolers had to contend with a 2.13GHz Xeon X3210 overclocked to 2.66 GHz by increasing its FSB from 266MHz to 333MHz and increasing the vcore to 1.41V. Finally, the LGA1366 test rig used a 3.2GHz Core i7-Extreme Edition overclocked to 3.6GHz with a vcore of 1.3V.

LGA1366 Results

Arranged by 100% CPU Load Delta T value

  • Thermalright Ultra eXtreme 120
  • Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ (high speed)
  • Cooler Master V8 (Full Speed)
  • Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ (low speed)
  • Noctua NH-U12P (Dual Fan)
  • Noctua NH-U12P (Single Fan)
  • Cooler Master V8 (Half Speed)
  • Akasa Nero
  • Zalman CNPS 9900 (With Shroud)
  • Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (high speed)
  • Asus Triton 81
  • Zalman CNPS 9900 (Without Shroud)
  • Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (low speed)
  • Intel Stock HSF
    • 11
    • 43
    • 15
    • 46
    • 14
    • 48
    • 17
    • 48
    • 12
    • 49
    • 12
    • 49
    • 14
    • 50
    • 14
    • 51
    • 10
    • 51
    • 18
    • 54
    • 15
    • 54
    • 11
    • 56
    • 24
    • 59
    • 20
    • 75
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
70
80
Temperature (°C)
  • Idle
  • Load

LGA775 delta T

Arranged by 100% CPU Load Delta T value

  • Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ (high speed)
  • Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ (low speed)
  • Cooler Master V8 (high speed)
  • Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (high speed)
  • Cooler Master V8 (low speed)
  • OCZ Vendetta 2
  • Noctua NH-C12P (high speed)
  • Akasa Nero
  • Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (low speed)
  • Noctua NH-C12P (low speed)
  • Intel LGA 775 reference cooler
    • 17
    • 38
    • 19
    • 42
    • 17
    • 43
    • 21
    • 44
    • 20
    • 45
    • 20
    • 49
    • 21
    • 49
    • 18
    • 50
    • 27
    • 51
    • 23
    • 54
    • 24
    • 56
0
10
20
30
40
50
60
delta T (°C) (lower is better)
  • Idle
  • Load

Socket AM2+ delta T

Arranged by 100% CPU Load Delta T value

  • Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ (high speed)
  • OCZ Vendetta 2
  • Noctua NH-C12P (high speed)
  • Titan Fenrir TTC-NK85TZ (low speed)
  • Noctua NH-C12P (low speed)
  • Cooler Master V8 (high speed)
  • Akasa Nero
  • Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (high speed)
  • Cooler Master V8 (low speed)
  • AMD reference cooler
  • Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme (low speed)
    • 14
    • 35
    • 15
    • 37
    • 15
    • 37
    • 15
    • 37
    • 19
    • 39
    • 16
    • 39
    • 19
    • 41
    • 17
    • 43
    • 19
    • 44
    • 25
    • 46
    • 24
    • 0
0
10
20
30
40
50
delta T (°C) (lower is better)
  • Idle
  • Load

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