Author: Frank Stroupe
[ad#review1041-top]The 120mm tower cooler. They have been around for what, maybe four years, maybe a little less. During that time, there have been a few that were fairly unique, most recently the Zalman CNPS 9900LED using Zalman’s circular cooler technology, but generally they are basically the same, copper heatpipes running through a series of crimped aluminum fins that form a radiator, with a fan on one side, and recently a second fan. Most of these radiators are of a similar design.
So it isn’t often that we run across a radical departure from the radiator norm. Our friends at Sunbeamtech, in their Tuniq division, has done just that, created a 120mm tower cooler that looks like nothing we’ve seen, the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme. Besides a unique radiator design, the five core-contact heatpipes have a different twist too. Even the fan is in an odd place for a square tower cooler. Will it cool the i7? Read on to see!
Model: Tower 120 Extreme
CPU Support: Intel LGA 1366/775, AMD AM3/AM2+/AM2/939
Dimensions: 131mm x 112.3 x 150.7mm (5.15″ x 4.42″ x 5.93″)
Heatpipes: 5 (3 x 8mm, 2 x 6mm)
Base: Aluminum/Copper (heatpipes directly touch CPU heatspreader)
Fins: Nickel-plated aluminum in a wave pattern
Fan Size: 120mm x 120mm x 25mm
Fan Bearing: Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing (MFDB)
Fan Rated Voltage: 12v DC
Rated Current: 0.16A (Max)
Air Flow: 90.65 CFM (Max)
Noise: 16-20dBA +/- 10%
Speed: 1000-2000 RPM
Life: 50,000 hours
Thermal Resistance: 0.092 (degrees C/W)
Overall Weight: 885g (1.95 lb)
- Silent 120mm MFDB Fan
- Ultra Silent Low-Noise Level (16dBA)
- Includes Tuniq Fan Controller
- Includes Tuniq TX-3 Thermal Compound
The Tower 120 Extreme comes in a sleeved box. The outer box looks sharp with lots of graphics. Unlike most hardware boxes, all text is large and easily readable.
Inside the box within the box, the cooler is in a heavy blisterpack, hardware is in its own padded box.