The successor to the ever popular Ultra 120E series CPU Coolers, the new Venomous X 1366, 775, and 1156 socket CPU Cooler boasts a lot of new improvements while staying true to proven fundamentals. I finally had a chance this busy holiday weekend to install the Thermalright Venomous X that I got from UltimatePCcooling.com. After having some experience with the Ultra 120 E series, I noticed a lot of improvements with the Venomous X especially during the installation process. One thing that’s worth mentioning to any potential buyer is that Thermalright heatsinks usually stand pretty tall; The Venomous X is about 160 mm tall, so make sure you have enough room or you will be without a case door like me.
The installation process was easier than some of their older heatsinks. Thermalright tried really hard to streamline the installation process. They provided one adjustable back bracket for all sockets. In the past we had to buy additional mounting kits for different sockets, which led to wasting whatever mounting clips it originally came with. The anchoring bracket provided gives you the option of placing the heatsink in any of the four directions, which is standard in any good quality CPU Cooler.
Thermalright’s new “Pressure Vault Bracket” basically lets you control the amount of pressure contact between the Venomous X heatsink and your CPU. Although it includes a spring mounted system like other CPU Coolers, the Pressure Vault Bracket provides an extra push to provide the most contact possible for effective and efficient cooling. An angled wrench is included to easily tighten the bolt.
I ordered mine with a Scythe S-Flex 1900 RPM fan, the Scythe fans are known for their value and low noise. Venomous X includes 2 sets of fan clips for those who want to set up a Push/Pull system with 2 fans.
The results were very satisfying:
At idle it runs at 25° C and at load it was running steady at 34° C for more than 10 mins.
Please feel free to PM me if you have any questions regarding this CPU Cooler or the installation.