Coolers like the Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct are a rare breed. It is not very often that you find a single tower cooler which offers this level of efficiency. On top of that, every bit of the design, the hardware, and the way in which is mounts and the fact they include a spacer, it shows that Thermalright is offering their best in a design such as this.
While you may find other coolers which perform better, most of them are priced so high that we could easily afford a matching fan and still not hit the same price point. With this angle of attack, we would venture to guess you can drop temperatures another two degrees across the board, which lend well to the design that Thermalright is delivering here. The fact of the matter is, though, that while we could always boost the ability if needed, for the cost of this cooler and the price it sells for, we honestly have not a single thing to complain about.
The True Spirit 140 Direct offers clearances to the memory, even for LGA2011 users, plenty of room to use the top PCI-e slot, and all of the screws on the motherboard close to it are accessible, which means you do not have to install the motherboard first, and then the cooler. The hardware is all bits we are used to seeing, they are easy to assemble, and the manual will guide you through any parts that may raise questions. There are no fancy LEDs, but the nickel plating and natural aluminum playing off the black top fin and fan delivers in appeal.
Competing, in the best conditions, with the NH-D15, trading blows with the NiC-C5, and besting the MASTERAIR coolers, Thermalright handled their business, and did not require an exorbitant price to give you near silent cooling with performance which is appreciated as well. All in all, it is hard to fault this design in any way. It may appear to be plain, but what it lacks in show, it more than makes up for in everything else.
For those of you who do not want to jump on the RGB LED craze, or have any desire to buy a CPU air cooler that is there to look decent and do its job, Thermalright has the cooler for you. Options to add a second fan to boost performance from already good results, a cooler you do not have to battle with to hear other things in the room, and it can all be had for less than $50.
With the actual cost being set as low as $44.95, we feel that the True Spirit 140 Direct is well worth the investment, and providing you have room for a cooler this size in your build, you will not be disappointed with the purchase of this Thermalright cooler.
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The Bottom Line: Superior performance, low noise levels, ease of installation, and the option to add a second fan are all terrific reasons to buy! The Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct ticks nearly all the boxes, and is a workhorse ready and willing to do the job at hand.
PRICING: You can find the Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler retails for $47 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler retails for £43 at Amazon UK.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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