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Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler Review (Page 1)

Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler Review

Looking for a gusty CPU cooler without a high price tag? Thermalright's TRUE Spirit 140 Direct is well worth considering.

Chad Sebring | Mar 6, 2017 at 11:50 pm CST - 4 mins, 20 secs time to read this page
Rating: 97%Manufacturer: Thermalright

Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing


The True lineup of CPU coolers has a long history with those who have spent many years in the PC industry. Most notably was the True Copper, whose debut was nearly a decade ago now. When released, it took the world by storm, not only due to the amazing looks of a solid copper tower cooler, but it was also one of the industry leaders in performance at that time as well. With such a solid foundation to build upon, and in our time of reviewing CPU coolers, we do not see the True line of coolers going anywhere anytime soon, as we have yet to see a bad incarnation of an air CPU that was blessed to carry the True name.

Of course, much has changed in that time, as far as design is concerned, but Thermalright has shown that they are not afraid to try something new. Thermalright is a company that starts trends but is also not afraid to follow them, incorporating all of the latest and greatest ideas into their CPU coolers. Offset designs for improved fitment, use of plating over exposed copper, increasing the size to fit 140mm fans, and some of the beefiest hardware out there on the market today are all things that tend to give Thermalright an edge when it comes to looking for a new CPU cooler. Not only are designs adjusted to fit with the times, but performance always seems to be on point with their products and without the need to make your ears bleed with the obnoxious noise levels found in many other companies cooler which try to compete.

The latest cooler to sport this heritage is the Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct which has us here today. As far as coolers go today, this may seem standard in most respects, but there is a certain high-end feel that comes with a Thermalright product, which other coolers in this category seem not to be able to deliver. Yes, it is made to take on all of the latest and greatest processors, it is on the larger size for a tower cooler, yet at the same time, clearance all around it is afforded, and this stylish tower cooler is up to the task at hand. Since it covers all of the major concerns when it comes to looking for a replacement air cooler to cool your CPU, we can easily say that taking the time to see what we have to say about the True Spirit 140 Direct is well worth your time, and we do suggest you read on.

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In the specifications offered from Thermalright, we do not find out much about the True Spirit 140 Direct, more so, just a brief overview. The body of the heat sink is 140mm wide, 77mm deep with the fan installed on it, and stands just 161mm in height, fitting inside of many mid and full-tower cases. All told, the True Spirit 140 Direct weighs in at 650 grams and offers five 6mm diameter heat pipes. What is not said is that there are 49 aluminum fins in the stack, the top fin of it offered in black, while the rest are left in their natural state. These fins are press fit over the five copper heat pipes, but only after they have been nickel plated. The base of this cooler uses a thick block of aluminum to contain the heat pipes as well as offering the mounting within the same hunk of metal, but at the bottom, this design leaves the pipes exposed to make direct contact with the CPU.

Matching the top of the True Spirit 140 Direct, the TY-140 fan which comes in the box is also black, the frame, the blades, and the fan power lead all blend right in. This fan is oval in shape; one side to side measurement is 152mm, while the other is 140mm, and its thickness is 26.5mm. The TY-140 weighs in at 160 grams, it offers a speed range from 300 to 1300 RPM and is specified to deliver a maximum of 21 dB(A) when it comes to noise levels. The TY-140 fan chosen here shows no static pressure rating, but we do see that it will deliver 73.6 CFM of airflow as long as the 4-pin PWM power lead is getting maximum signaling.

One thing which will draw the masses to a cooler like this is the price. While availability is not found in many locations, the major e-tailers are currently listing this cooler. The best deal can be had at Newegg at this time, where we locate the cooler under the magic $50 mark we feel a single tower cooler should be priced near, as it is listed there for just $44.95. If you happen to be an Amazon Prime member and wish not to go through Newegg for this cooler, expect to pay more for it. Their listing is requiring $46.95 for the True Spirit 140 Direct. Either route you take, there is a great deal to be had. This cooler has everything many want in a single tower cooler, and for this price point, you are getting quite a bit of bang for the buck in your investment.

Last updated: Nov 15, 2019 at 01:16 pm CST

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Chad Sebring


After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air and water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided to take his chances and try to get a review job. As an avid overclocker, Chad is always looking for the next leg up in RAM, cooling, as well as peripherals.

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