Big, heavy, well performing heatsink – Joe
SUMMARY: Big, heavy, well performing heatsink.
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:
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:
Parts included with the Tuniq Tower 120 include a rheostat to control fan speeds from 1000 to 2000 rpm:
The fan is held in place with spring loaded bolts; you must remove the motherboard to mount the heatsink.
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.
|Tower 120, 2027 rpm, 55 dBA|
|Tower 120, 994 rpm, <50 dBA|
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.
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.
Disclosure: Joe Citarella has a financial interest in a company developing thermosyphon products for electronic chip cooling.