I've seen that it labels it has a cooling capacity 150W+. Although I can't seem to find what my Tuniq 120 cooling capacity is. I brought the Nv 120 for my E4400 in re-building my old linux box, but started to wonder if I should use the Nv 120 on my Q6600 in place of the Tuniq.
The reviews I've seen, makes them out pretty much the same. Although, the differences I see:
1.) Nv 120 has 4 heat pipes, and the Tuniq 120 has 3.
2.) The bottom of the Nv 120 looks smoother (actually reflective shiny) then the Tuniq base.
3.) And the Nv 120 weighs about 170g less.
I've looked at a few reviews, seems evenly balanced. I feel lazy to figure out myself since there would be quite amount of time/work to change things out, and just don't wanna do a swap if there's no difference.
Whelp... I might try swapping it out maybe tonight. My other MB is out for RMA. I brought an open box from NewEgg (Another MSI P6N Plat $80) and it wouldn't post.
I think NewEgg didn't really test it properly. When I put it together, it looked like everything was fine. It came with what was called a D-Bracket. It has 4 leds (green/red) that help troubleshoot problems.
Turns out when I hooked it up, the leds wouldn't light up, indicating to me the bios wasn't working. All the lights are suppose to be red, which would indicate CPU problem or no CPU installed. I tested the D-Bracket on my other MSI MB and it works fine.
So I'm guessing the person who had that MB messed up on updating the bios. Other then that I didn't see anything physically wrong with the MB.
Anyhoo... when I swap out the HS, if I see a difference, perhaps I'll make... another thread.
So I went ahead and change the HSF out. Turns out from just doing some tests, the NV120 performs the same as my Tuniq. However, the main reason why I decided to change them out is mainly that I see the NV120 is easier to clean.
After my first experience in getting all the dust bunnies out of my Tuniq (7 months of use), it just got me thinking, since I use my XP machine allot more then the Linux. Also my Linux case has perhaps less airflow then my XP case, meaning less dust, but still enough dust to have a fit over say... in 1 year or so.
One last thing I'd like to mention if anyone perhaps don't know, that I found out, the back bracket screws are the same thread/size type. So I'm actually using the Tuniq back plate instead of the NV120 back plate. I left the seal on the sticker when I installed it, but the pressure actually made the back plate stick so I didn't have to remove the MB as long as it was sitting flat.
All in all, I think I made a alright decision on the switch, even though they were pretty much equal.
So my hottest core on the DTS side was 52C on the 800000 iterations on prime95 on both HS.