Thermalright Ultra-120 Copper Hitting Shelves This Month

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.

  • 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...
  • pbrigido
    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!
  • gm0n3y
    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.
  • Jchan192
    $100-$110 .... thats a lot if you ask me for a air cooler
  • randomizer
    What did you expect? It costs more to manufacture than an aluminium heatsink and Thermalright won't absorb the cost.
  • byebye
    I would like to get it if it works better...
    Hay TomsHardware are you guys going to test it out???
  • smalltime0
    Jchan192$100-$110 .... thats a lot if you ask me for a air coolerHave you noticed the price of copper these days?
  • gsteacy
    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 :)
  • starhoof
    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
  • falchard
    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.