Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power – Test and Review

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power - Test and Review
A single tower CPU cooler
2014-07-01 21.13.50
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User Rating: 4.32 (10 votes)

So what is True Spirit?

True Spirit series was announced for first time several years ago and now it already offers several CPU coolers with single tower structure made to operate with 92, 120 and 140mm fans.

The 92mm models are:

  1. TRUE Spirit 90M – A cooler with dimensions of  L102 mm x W55 mm x H125 mm and overall weight of 285g featuring a copper contact plate, 3 x Ø6mm copper heat pipes and 43 aluminum fins cooled by a single TR-9225 fan with dimensions of 92 x 25 mm working at 600 – 2000 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 44.0 CFM at noise level of 28.9 dBA PWM powered and regulated
  2. TRUE Spirit 90M Rev.A - A cooler with dimensions of  L102 mm x W55 mm x H125 mm and overall weight of 285g featuring a copper contact plate, 3 x Ø6mm copper heatpipes and 43 aluminum fins cooled by a single TR-9225 BW fan with dimensions of 92 x 25 mm working at 800 – 2000 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 39.36 CFM at noise level of 27 dBA PWM powered and regulated

The 120mm models are:

  1. TRUE Spirit 120i  - A cooler with dimensions of  L132 mm x W57 mm x H150 mm and overall weight of 460g featuring a copper contact plate, 4 x Ø6mm copper heatpipes and 50 aluminum fins cooled by a single TY-120 fan with dimensions of 120 x 25 mm working at 600 – 1300 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 46.19 CFM at noise level of 25.4 dBA PWM powered and regulated
  2. TRUE Spirit 120M - A cooler with dimensions of  L132 mm x W57 mm x H145 mm and overall weight of 470g featuring a copper contact plate, 4 x Ø6mm copper heatpipes and 46 aluminum fins cooled by a single TY-120 fan with dimensions of 120 x 25 mm working at 700 – 1500 revolutions per minute providing airflow level range of 24.8 – 53.3 CFM at noise level range of 17 – 28.5 dBA PWM powered and regulated
  3. TRUE Spirit 120M(BW) - A cooler with dimensions of  L132 mm x W57 mm x H145 mm and overall weight of 470g featuring a copper contact plate, 4 x Ø6mm copper heat pipes and 46 aluminum fins cooled by a single TR-12025-BW fan with dimensions of 120 x 25 mm working at 600 – 1300 revolutions per minute providing airflow level range of 24.8 – 56.2 CFM at noise level of 24.5 dBA PWM powered and regulated
  4. TRUE Spirit 120M(BW) Rev.A - A cooler with dimensions of  L132 mm x W57 mm x H145 mm and overall weight of 480g featuring a copper contact plate, 4 x Ø6mm copper heat pipes and 46 aluminum fins cooled by a single TY-121-BW fan with dimensions of 120 x 25 mm fan working at 600 – 1300 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 46.19 CFM at noise level of 25.4 dBA PWM powered and regulated

With the new model – Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power added to the 140mm True Spirit series, it already features 3 models made to provide serious performance combined with very low noise level operation and pretty nice appearance.

The 140mm models are:

  1. TRUE Spirit 140 - A cooler with dimensions of  L155 mm x W53.4 mm x H170 mm and overall weight of 605g featuring a copper contact plate, 6 x Ø6mm copper heat pipes and 50 aluminum fins cooled by a single TY-140 fan with dimensions of L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm working at 900 – 1300 revolutions per minute providing airflow level range of 28.3 – 73.6 CFM at noise level range of 17 – 21 dBA PWM powered and regulated
  2. TRUE Spirit 140(BW) - A cooler with dimensions of  L155 mm x W53.4 mm x H170 mm and overall weight of 605g featuring a copper contact plate, 6 x Ø6mm copper heat pipes and 50 aluminum fins cooled by a single TY-147 fan with dimensions of L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm working at 900 – 1300 revolutions per minute providing airflow level range of 28.3 – 73.6 CFM at noise level range of 17 – 21 dBA PWM powered and regulated
  3. TRUE Spirit 140 Power - A cooler with dimensions of  L155 mm x W53.4 mm x H171.2 mm and overall weight of 880g featuring a copper contact plate, 6 x Ø8mm copper heat pipes and 46 aluminum fins cooled by a single TY-147 fan with dimensions of L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm working at 900 – 1300 revolutions per minute providing airflow level range of 28.3 – 73.6 CFM at noise level range of 17 – 21 dBA PWM powered and regulated

For this test and review I received the newest and the biggest from all of the coolers in the series and that is Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power. A cooler with pretty serious dimensions, features and most probably very serious cooling performance. And to be honest, I am pretty excited to check how it will operate cooling my AMD FX-8350 at default and overclocked frequencies.

But first let’s check what the package has to offer.

True Spirit 140 Power front side of the package True Spirit 140 Power side/back of the package
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Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power arrived to me in a pretty massive and at the same time very attractive looking carton box painted in blue on the front with the model name and a big picture of the product itself, while the sides and the back of the cooler’s box are full of technical details and explanations regarding the technologies used in this product. Additionally, on the back of the package there are a lot of review awards given from other web pages regarding the cooler performance. Pretty nice way to advertise a product, to be honest. At first sight the cooler’s package looks pretty tough and it handled delivering the cooler in one piece without even a scratch…

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After I opened the package these are the things which I got. The cooler itself  together with the black/white fan, an installation manual and of course a small white carton box holding the additional accessories which will be needed so the cooler can be used with all modern Intel or AMD sockets.

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES

As always, let’s start with what is inside the small white box made to hold the additional accessories. All of the additional accessories arrived carefully packed in separate nylon bags just to ensure that all of the parts will arrive and to provide a clear view of what parts are needed for which socket. After I took all of the accessories out of their packages and arranged them for taking pictures, this is the view I got.

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The standard package features:

  1. Painted in black metal backplate needed for both Intel and AMD sockets
  2. A semi-transparent white isolation pad for the backplate to protect from short circuit between the motherboard and the metal backplate
  3. Silver metal square frontplate needed for both Intel and AMD sockets
  4. Silver metal bar made to hold the cooler attached to the front plate needed for both Intel and AMD sockets
  5. 4 x Nut screws with rubber dumpers
  6. 4 x LGA 2011 screw pillars
  7. 5 x M3 L10 screws (one is spare)
  8. 7 x M3 L6 screws (one is spare)
  9. 4 x fan clips for installing up to 2 fans
  10. 4 x Intel backplate washers
  11. 4 x AMD backplate washers
  12. 8 x anti-vibration pads for installing on 2 fans
  13. Backplate cap
  14. Thermal compound
  15. An installation manual
  16. TY-140 fan

According to my experience it is very typical for Thermalright to provide very extensive package content so the cooler can be compatible with every modern or even older socket and provide the best possible cooling performance. And here I saw that the small wrench was removed from the standard accessories pack but to be honest for me it was completely useless when I tested Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E and Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme. It is meant to be used when fastening the cooler to the motherboard but I always fastened those bolts with a regular screwdriver.

I think I should start checking the cooler already and leave the additional accessories aside until they are needed.

 

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power HEAT SINK STRUCTURE

Like every other modern CPU cooler announced on the market for the past years, Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power offers a pretty standard structure made of the three major components which as usual I am going to describe one by one in this review and they are: the heat sink structure formed as a pretty massive and at the same time very slim single tower, a single cooling fan and the standard for Thermalright mounting kit.

So let’s start with the cooler’s heat sink.

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power features a single radiator structure made of nickel plated C1100 pure copper contact plate, 6 x Ø8mm nickel coated copper heat pipes without direct contact with the processor, and of course aluminum fins forming the cooling surface. The overall cooler dimensions are 155(L) mm x 80(W) mm x 170(H) mm and weight of 880 g including the fan.

First things first, so let’s start with the very shiny contact plate since it has the most important role for keeping every processor running cool and quiet.

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True Spirit 140 Power features an absolutely perfect contact surface with dimensions of 40 x 53 mm made of milled C1100 pure copper with silver nickel coating holding in line the 6 x symmetrical nickel coated Ø8mm made of pure copper heatpipes made to pass through, transferring and dispersing the heat from the central processor unit to the aluminum fins. And here I want to say that all of the heatpipes are passing through the other sides of the aluminum fins stack for maximum fin usage and heat dispersion.

Oh my! I should say. A single tower cooler featuring 6 x Ø8mm heatpipes. According to this I should expect some serious cooling capabilities. And by mentioning the aluminum fins stack, I believe it is time to move forward and check the cooling surface of the cooler.

True Spirit 140 Power front side of the heatsink True Spirit 140 Power top/front side of the heatsink
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Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power offers a pretty interesting and at the same time very stylish looking fin stack structure made of 45 absolutely identical entirely performance aluminum fins and one performance/visual fin, entirely painted in black on top of the stack bearing the engraved company logo. All of the aluminum fins are 1mm thick with a 2mm gap. On top of the heat sink the heat pipes are finished with very nice and very shiny looking caps, made to improve the overall cooler appearance. Unfortunately, with them the cooler reaches up to 171.2mm in height and may become a bit incompatible with smaller cases.

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And here comes the most interesting part regarding the aluminum fins stack. On the outer side of the heat sink, when seen from the top, the aluminum fin stack is 53.4 mm thick, while the inner side, which is actually the center of the cooler is just 39 mm thick. Apart from that the overall aluminum fin stack is 155mm wide and 108mm high. Pretty nice I should say… With these dimensions and with the fan installed the cooler will not block any of the DIMM slots and provide the best possible motherboard compatibility. And by meantioning the fan…

The standard Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power package offers just one Thermalright TY-147 with dimensions of  L152 mm x H140 mm x W26.5 mm and weight of 160g featuring an entirely painted in black round frame and entirely painted in white propeller with 7 very wide and at the same time not very sharply angled blades providing airflow level range of 96 – 125 m³/h, while operating at 900 – 1300 revolutions per minute range with noise level range of 17 – 21 dBA. The connection between the frame and the propeller is done by Enhanced Hyper-Flow Bearing (EHFB) made to provide stable and long life operation. The bearing of the fan is PWM powered and regulated.

According to the official technical details the cooler can work with up to two fans for maximum cooling performance.

Now I believe it is time to install the fan and prepare the cooler for testing.

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To do so I will have to follow the standard procedure described in the installation manual and first install the 4 rubber dumpers on the heatsink which will make the cooler absolutely silent and absorb any vibrations generated by the fan.

The rubber dumpers installed The metal clips installed
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After the rubber dumpers were in their places I believe it is time to share something which really made me smile. For the past few years I tested a lot of coolers from various brands, which can be seen in the Tests and Reviews section on the web page and with all of them I had troubles installing the fans using metal clips. Every time I was installing the fans I was experiencing a pain from the aluminum fins pushing my fingers with their sharp edges and here I saw something very, very nice. To install the fan I just had to put the metal clips in a pre-drilled holes on the outer side of the aluminum fin stack and later just push them to the fan sides. Which fan needs a hug? Thus the metal clips will never fall or hurt anyone’s fingers anymore. Pretty nice idea, which I see for the first time. Maybe this was used in other models before, but I see it for the first time.

And this is what the fan looks like attached to the heat sink.

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After I assembled the cooler I should say, pretty nice and stylish colour combination featuring a silver/black heatsink, a black and white fan and sleeved in black mesh and white connector cable.

Of course, to use the cooler I will have to install it using the provided in the package mounting kit, which according to the official details announced on the company web page, the cooler is made to be compatible with:

  1. Intel sockets: LGA 775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011
  2. AMD sockets: AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+/FM1/FM2/FM+

With the cooler finally assembled I believe it is time to describe and later prepare the mounting kit and these are the parts which I will need so I can install the cooler on my AMD socket AM3+ motherboard. To do so, I examined in detail the mounting procedure in the installation manual.

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As always, first thing to do is to prepare and later install the backplate to the motherboard.

The metal backplate Ready to be installed
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To prepare the backplate I had to add the semi transparent isolation pad for avoiding short circuit with the motherboard, the bolts which will be used to hold the back plate to the motherboard and the four AMD plastic washers. With the backplate assembled let’s attach it to the motherboard.

The backplate installed The front plate installed
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And to do so, I had to fasten it using the four nut screws with rubber dumpers and fasten them by hand. And the final step before installing the cooler is to attach the front metal plate to the motherboard and fasten it with four small bolts using a screwdriver.

The cooler installed seen from front The cooler installed seen from the side
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And this is what the cooler looks like installed on the motherboard.

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As you can see from the picture above, when the heat sink is installed on the motherboard the design of the cooler, combined with the standard fan attached will not block any of the DIMM slots and will provide full low profile RAM compatibility and high profile RAM compatibility only for the second, third and fourth slot.

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power UNIVERSAL TESTS

Since the cooler is installed I believe it is time to check my testing rig and continue the article with the tests…

CPU: AMD Vishera FX-8350

  1. At standard frequency 4.020 MHz (at 1.356V)
  2. At low overclock frequency of 4.220 MHz  (at 1.392V)
  3. At medium overclock frequency of 4.420 MHz (at 1.428V)

Motherboard: GigaByte 990FXA-UD3

Video card: 2 x Gigabyte GV-R927XOC-2GD

Memory: 2 x 4GB Geil Black Dragon 1866 MHz

Hard drive: Kingston SSD SV100S264G

Case: SilverStone Raven RV-03

Power supply: Antec HCP-750W

Cooler: Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power

Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1

For this test and review I am going to use the standard TY-147 fan working at maximum speed of 1300 revolutions per minute providing airflow level of 125 m³/h at noise level of 21 dBA.

The tests were conducted in a closed system with:

2 x SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans on the bottom panel putting fresh air in and spinning at about 1200 rpm
120mm fan behind the motherboard cooling the socket and spinning at about 1000 rpm.
Room temperature of about 18 degrees.
Both SilverStone AP181 – 180mm fans were connected together to the chassis 1 connector and were rotating at maximum speed.

And here I want to describe my testing method.

I will install Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power and do stress tests using Prime95 AVX software with constant load on the cooler for 14:30 minutes with custom settings of minimum FFT size (in K of 128), max FFT size (in K of 128) and Run FFTs in place at standard frequency of 4.020 GHz (at 1.356V), at low overclock frequency of 4.220 GHz (at 1.392V) and  at medium overclock frequency of 4.420 GHz (at 1.428V) using only TY-147 fan installed on the front side of the cooler.

And this is what the CPU cooler looks like when installed inside the case and ready for testing.

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And this is how the cooler operates when there is some serious load on the processor running at medium overclock frequency of 4.420 MHz (at 1.428V) stressed with 2 x Linx passes.

Now let’s check out the test results:

True Spirit 140 Power 1FAN@4020MHz 1.356V True Spirit 140 Power 1FAN@4220MHz 1.392V
Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power 1FAN@4020MHz 1.356V Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power 1FAN@4220MHz 1.392V
True Spirit 140 Power 1FAN@4420MHz 1.428V  
Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power 1FAN@4420MHz 1.428V  

All of the test results have been summed up in the following charts:

Results Temp

And the fan speed during the tests:

Results Revolutions

I believe the time for conclusions has arrived.

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power CONCLUSIONS

1. Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power performance:

Thermalright True Spirit series already offers very interesting and very well performing coolers and with the latest arrival I can say the series is really well evolving.

After I spent some hours unpacking Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power and all of the additional accessories included, which are forming a very extensive accessories pack which will be needed for Intel and AMD sockets, arranging them for taking pictures, installing the cooler and finally after I’ve finished testing, I can say that I am really amazed with the overall cooling performance, features and appearance.

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power is a cooler made to combine very serious cooling capabilities and motherboard compatibility done with very slim and elegant looking heat sink, very low noise level and most of all very decent price.  The cooler itself handled keeping my processor working at all kinds of frequencies without any trouble, which made me think that Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power can handle keeping every modern processor working cool and stable at idle or under load at default or overclocked frequencies. And for additional performance all you need to do is install a second cooling fan.

The only negative thing which I can say regarding the product is the height of the heat sink which may lead to incompatibility with some of the middle tower cases and totally impossible to be used with smaller cases. But after all, this product is made entirely to provide the best possible cooling performance, without taking much space inside the case and to be as quiet as possible and for that reason I don’t think anybody will decide to use it with a micro or slim type middle tower ATX case.

2. Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power appearance:

Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power offers a very stylish and good looking appearance made of a shiny silver heat sink with a black fin on top of the cooler, combined with black/white fan which will definite stay neutral to and fit in every modern entirely painted in black case or modding project. The cooler itself features a very slim design which will not block anything around the socket and will provide easier operation inside the case.

According to my review, I think that Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power deserves the following reward:

Best-Perf-Visual

Official price (MSRP) for Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power: 39.99 euro

Official warranty: 24 months

I thank Thermalright for the test sample.

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Thermalright True Spirit 140 Power – Test and Review
09.07.2014
10/10
10 Review Score
Excellent compatibility/ performance/ noise level/price balance

Performance
10
Noise level
10
Compatibility
10
Additional accessories
10
User Rating: 4.32 (10 votes)

Dobrin Krastev is the owner, reviewer and newsman of www.DVTests.com with more than 15 years' experience in personal computers, server and storage systems, UPS, peripheral devices and software. Passionate about testing and reviewing, AMD overclocking using AM3 990FXA and AMD FM2 A85X test systems and building modding projects.
8 Comments
  1. mu4os

    171.2mm very high :(
    160 -161 is perfect

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  2. doyll

    Have this cooler and it is by far the best cooler for the money out there. With performance as good as and quieter than NH-D14, it has no peers .. indeed, it has no rivals. With a TY-143 fan it will cool 8+c better and still run just as quietly at low rpm.

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  3. PepiX

    Pretty looking, ugly monster. Thanks for the excellent review of an interesting (if not excellent) piece. (I also find its RRP quite good)

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  4. Dimcho

    Simply brilliant, but still … just a lttle bit expensive :)

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    • Dk_vr

      You call this expensive?
      40 euro for amazing performance and a package full of additional accessories? Don’t forget the slim/performance design, which is very important these days…

      Reply
  5. Bosko

    It’s rarely seen such a high rated cooler in all categories. A jewel for the price. Well done Thermalright, nice series.

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    • Dk_vr

      In fact this is the first product, which received 10/10 since we added the new design with the new reviews model.

      Reply
  6. angelreaper

    Great cooler and great review!

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    • Dk_vr

      The cooler is indeed very good. The article is good too but always, could be better :)

      Reply

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