Thermalright Ultra Extreme Copper CPU Cooler Review

Did you think that you already owned the biggest baddest air cooler in the world? Well you are wrong. Soon a few thousand of you will get the ability to join the Ultra Extreme Copper Club. Size does matter, and even more so, what you're made of.

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Conclusion

The TRUE Copper continues Thermalrightآ’s dominance in the field of air cooling. With that said, it is important to point out a couple of key points. First, if you have the original Ultra-120 there is little reason to upgrade as the cost does not justify the meager improvement in performance. Second, the cost of this cooler makes it the most expensive air cooler we have ever tested and that price does not include a fan. Lastly, you must consider the impact 4.2 pounds of force will have on your motherboard over time. While it may not damage your system right away, we suggest that it might over a longer period of time in certain environments. We certainly suggest not moving a system with this cooler installed unless you are planning on being very careful with it.

Price/Performance

The charts below show the relative cost you will pay for each degree in temperature reduction the heat sink gives you over the stock Intel Core 2 Extreme cooler. The two areas that influence this chart are cost of the heat sink and its performance. An expensive cooler that gives you superior performance will be rated as average here since its cost impacts its rating. Conversely, a poor performing heat sink that costs next to nothing will be rated as average since its performance will impact its ratings. We ideally look for low cost and high performance. All prices were gathered by doing a very quick search of the web for each cooler and listing it here sans shipping and tax and should just be considered as a guide rather than an exact price quote since deals are always popping up on products.

To make the comparison fair, we have added $15.00 USD to the cost of the TRUE and TRUE Copper to account for the Thermaltake Thunderblade we used in our own testing.

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This chart shows you the dollar amount each degree of performance will cost you compared to using Intelآ’s stock cooler. We have already seen that this is the best performing air cooler on the market but what this shows us is the price paid for that performance. The TRUE Copper is an expensive cooler to say the least but that is the price we are asked to pay when we desire the very best.

Value

If you are looking for a good value, there are many coolers out there which will give you good and even very good performance for the money. The Thermalright Ultra 120 Copper is not one of them. Copper is an expensive material to work with and when you are only producing 2,000 units of said cooler then you can expect the premium to be even higher. At the $125 MSRP for the TRUE Copper, it simply is not a value proposition nor should it be considered by anyone on any kind of budget. Although we have seen it coming to sale at the economy-minded price of $105!

The Bottom Line

The TRUE Copper is the best performing air cooler [H]ardOCP has ever tested. The TRUE Copper is also the most expensive air cooler we have ever tested. If youآ’re looking for the very best air cooling heat sink on the market, price be damned, then youآ’ve found it. If you are looking for the best air cooler for under $60 sans fan, then youآ’ll want to check this out. The TRUE Copper units are a limited run and will be somewhat a collectorآ’s item in the world of the computer hardware enthusiast. And there is no doubt that it will look tremendous in a case window if properly lighted and they are making a socket 1366 mounting bracket for you Core i7 fans.

If you wanted proof-of-concept out of Thermalright that they could do it even better, the TRUE Copper is that proof. Totally effin awesome FTW-ness? Yes! Practical and of value? Not even close.

Letآ’s just be clear that the TRUE Copper is garnering its [H] Gold award for the آ“awesomeآ” part. You know how much beer you can buy with $65 extra bucks?

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Thermalright Ultra Extreme Copper

Discussion

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