Tuniq Tower 120

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Big, heavy, well performing heatsink – Joe

SUMMARY: Big, heavy, well performing heatsink.

Tuniq

Size: 131 x 108 x 153 mm; Weight: 798 grams (w/o fan).

The good guys at Tuniq were nice enough to send a sample of the Tuniq Tower 120 heatpipe heatsink to try out. This is designed for Intel Socket 478, LGA775 and AMD K8 754/939/940. This is a very large heatsink, heavy heatsink – I’d check interior case dimensions before buying.

The Tower 120 features a 9 blade 120 mm fan:

Front

You get an idea of how large this heatsink is when you consider that the 120 mm fan is embedded in the middle of it.

The copper base shows slight polishing marks, although fairly smooth to the touch:

Base

Parts included with the Tuniq Tower 120 include a rheostat to control fan speeds from 1000 to 2000 rpm:

Parts

The fan is held in place with spring loaded bolts; you must remove the motherboard to mount the heatsink.

The Test

The Tuniq Tower 120 was tested using the CPU Die Simulator. Noise was measured 8″ from the fan’s intake with a Radio Shack sound meter; 50 dBA at this distance is very quiet 3 feet from the fan.

Test

Die Temp

Ambient Temp

C/W

Tower 120, 2027 rpm, 55 dBA

37.6

19.7

0.26

Tower 120, 994 rpm, <50 dBA

41.8

19.6

0.32

Results place the Tuniq Tower 120 in the topmost rank of heatsinks tested to date (Heatsink Ranking) with the fan at its highest speed setting. Performance at the lowest fan speed is very good; at this setting, the fan is almost silent – inside a case, the fan on low will not be noticeable.

CONCLUSIONS

The Tuniq Tower 120 is a very good heatpipe heatsink, although it is large and heavy – users should check clearances in their case to be sure it will fit.

Thanks again to Tuniq for sending this our way. This is available at The Heatsink Factory HERE.

Disclosure: Joe Citarella has a financial interest in a company developing thermosyphon products for electronic chip cooling.

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Discussion
  1. Only tighten it until you see the mobo start to bend slightly. Once this happens you are not going to get it seated any better to the CPU...maybe worse as the board bends.
    Ok guys.....

    I dont' know if this has been asked before? But with this Tuniq 120 cooler, do you screw the tentions screws all the way down, as far as they will turn, or just when it feels shug on the cpu?

    Thanks
    Heres a nice one. It has 9 blades and an included controller like the stock fan but it's stronger.

    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-fm121.htm


    That's what I'm running in mine. Seems to be a little bit better than my big typhoon with the same fan.
    Heres a nice one. It has 9 blades and an included controller like the stock fan but it's stronger.

    http://www.silverstonetek.com/products-fm121.htm
    You can use any 120mm fan inside the Tuniq. The top panel of the heatsink is what the fan is attached to. Unscrew and pull that out, and you can do whatever you want with the fan.


    Hes right. Any 120mm can fit in there and you dont even have to remove the tuniq from the board into to replace the fan.
    You can use any 120mm fan inside the Tuniq. The top panel of the heatsink is what the fan is attached to. Unscrew and pull that out, and you can do whatever you want with the fan.