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Thermalright Ultra-120 Copper Hitting Shelves This Month

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The highly popular Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme will soon have a new heavyweight counterpart. Expreview have received notification that a copper version of the enthusiast CPU cooler will be available this month for a price of $100-110.

The heatsink is made entirely of copper and there are both advantages and disadvantages to this. A copper heatsink has much better thermal conductivity than an aluminum heatsink. However, it is also more expensive to produce and much heavier than an equally sized aluminum heatsink. For the latter two reasons, Thermalright is only producing 2,000 units, as the overall demand will likely be lower than the rest of Thermalright’s product line. If you want to purchase one of these coolers, you may need to get in fast.

While price may not be an obstacle for the air cooling enthusiast, the mass of this heatsink is a significant issue when transporting the computer around. Weighing in at in incredible 1.9 kg, compared to the 790 g of the original Extreme, the motherboard will be under substantial strain even with a backplate. Therefore, the cooler will be more suited to stationary PCs.

The copper Ultra-120 Extreme was originally on show during Computex 2008. The previously rumored 3 kg mass was fortunately confirmed incorrect by a Thermalright representative. The cooler supports all current Intel and AMD platforms, and has optional support for Core i7. The exact release date is not yet known.

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    deuce271 , October 15, 2008 5:47 PM
    Thing actually looks pretty cool. The regular Ultra 120 Extreme is called too heavy already. I disagree, but this thing might be a little too heavy.

    I don't have the need to upgrade to one, but if I didn't have an Extreme already I might go for this...
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    pbrigido , October 15, 2008 6:48 PM
    With the all copper composition and the huge surface area of the fins, I can't think of a heatsink that will top this one!
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    gm0n3y , October 15, 2008 8:30 PM
    I guess you could always just lay your case on its side, of course this fucks with the airflow design (heat rising) so the gains over the aluminum version might be negligible.
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    Jchan192 , October 15, 2008 9:12 PM
    $100-$110 .... thats a lot if you ask me for a air cooler
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    randomizer , October 15, 2008 9:18 PM
    What did you expect? It costs more to manufacture than an aluminium heatsink and Thermalright won't absorb the cost.
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    byebye , October 15, 2008 10:38 PM
    I would like to get it if it works better...
    Hay TomsHardware are you guys going to test it out???
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    smalltime0 , October 16, 2008 1:13 AM
    Jchan192$100-$110 .... thats a lot if you ask me for a air cooler

    Have you noticed the price of copper these days?
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    gsteacy , October 16, 2008 1:15 AM
    byebyeHay TomsHardware are you guys going to test it out???

    I'm hoping so (although I won't be testing it myself :( ) I'll make the suggestion :) 
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    starhoof , October 16, 2008 3:39 AM
    I dont know, mabye if you find a good backplate for it, the weight will be evenly distributed, so it wouldnt be a big problem, lets hope Im right
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    falchard , October 16, 2008 5:44 AM
    I am worried about Heavy Heatsinks damaging a vertically positioned motherboard. Hopefully it will come with a way to better secure it so it isn't causing stress on the motherboard but the tray.

    Still looks cool. I hope it comes with a quality premium.
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    Pixels303 , October 16, 2008 6:51 AM
    So many different ways of making a CPU cooler and so many different versions Patented in such a way that people end up inventing more inefficient ways of cooling your computer. Thermaltake has some even better designs. I like the designs where the fins originate from the center and in a circular fashion fan outwards with a fan in the center. No need for fancy heat pipes that way, and in the end air movement is more efficiently distributed over your main-board components and has a lower profile.
    I give this one a 2/5 for ergonomic and efficient design.
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    sdcaliceli , October 16, 2008 7:11 AM
    Waste of copper. I'm surprised this doesn't cost more considering copper is becoming scarce.
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    hannibal , October 16, 2008 9:36 AM
    Maybe we will see custon fit computer case, where the other end of this mammuth is on motherboear and other get support from the case itself...

    I am sure, that this is good heat reducer, but if you go to this heavy solution, the water cooler may be your way to go. But if you can somehow support the weigth of this, it may be really usefull, if you don't like water coolers. Maybe you can solder some support frame system, to the case...
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    cyborg28 , October 16, 2008 5:26 PM
    Copper costs about $3 per lb, how does $12 of copper translate into a $120 cpu cooler (that is double the price of the aluminum option)? You are paying for a "custom" cooler, not nec. a copper cooler!
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    neiroatopelcc , October 17, 2008 6:53 AM
    I hope this won't be released until next month some time! It's just got to go onto my christmas wishlist!
    I've got the 'extreme' one at home, and been rather happy with it. It replaced a ninja back then, and I was amazed by it's superior cooling. I gotta have this one! would be a great looking match for my ds4 ...