Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Reviewairman -
Category: CPU Cooling
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Picking a new CPU cooler is never easy, due to many manufacturers with unique designs and competitive specifications. Some coolers that should perform well may be disappointing, and some that seem small or inadequate may return surprisingly good results. The Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme is a recent addition to Tuniq's line, designed with the latest LGA 1366 processors in mind. A division of Sunbeamtech, Tuniq has received many awards for its products and continues to produce products worthy of ownership by the highest PC enthusiasts. The Tower 120 Extreme is a revision of the original Tower 120, said to have many improvements and capable of providing much more cooling capacity over its older companion. I have high expectations for this cooler, and I look forward to seeing how well it handles under the extreme heat of Intel's i7 line.
The box is colored blue and black, and the front features an angled picture of the heatsink with the blue LEDs on its fan lit. Along with the picture, the front expresses three points: Core-Contact Technology, TX-3 Included, and MFDB Fan Included. The abbreviation MFDB will be explained on the next page. One side of the box displays specifications of the heatsink, thermal paste, and the fan, such as weight, dimensions, thermal conductivity, bearing type, etc. The other side expresses that TX-3, or their thermal paste, and a fan controller is included. On the rear, less-technical specifications are displayed, as well as a full list of included contents.
The outer, visible box is basically like a sheath for the plain, black cardboard box inside that houses all the components. A plastic handle is attached to the top, and protrudes through the sheath. With the inner box opened, a smaller white cardboard box can be removed that contains the mounting hardware as well as the fan controller. After the smaller white cardboard box is removed, the plastic clamshell packaging that holds the cooler can be seen, snugly sandwiched between two pieces of styrofoam to protect against damage that may occur during transport.
Included in the white accessory box is the universal mounting bracket, thru-screws, nuts to hold the thru-screws to the mounting bracket, adhesive foam washers to isolate the nuts from contacting the motherboard, and thumbscrews with built-in springs that apply even pressure between the hold-down plate on the heatsink and the thru-screws attached to the backplate. With the packaging and contents explored, the next page will contain a closer look at the cooler and an evaluation of its appearance.