ThermalRight SI-120

gearmonkey

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Hello,

I've been looking for the ThermalRight SI-120 and finally found it in stock over at HeatsinkFactory.com. Its 44.99 which is cheaper than the normal XP-120 but I havent been able to find any good reviews on this heatsink. Anyone know where I can get some performance stats on this heatsink?

Thanks!

Gearmonkey
 

scrawnypaleguy

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I can see the resemblance to the SI-97, but that was made that way so that it could fit on socket A boards. This doesn't seem to make any sense at all, since it doesn't say that it fits on socket A.
 

Nocturnal

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It doesn't fit with Socket A processors. It's made to fit "any" motherboard or so Thermalright claims.
 

Zap

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Originally posted by: scrawnypaleguy
This doesn't seem to make any sense at all

It makes perfect sense. The heatsink "looks" to be taller, thus making it clear everything. To retain the fins coming from the base would have required longer fins = more cost. Also, the heatpipes should be able to transfer heat to the top fins. The "missing" fins wouldn't be sufficient to transfer heat (too thin, too long a distance). The final thing is that the center fins were right in the "dead spot" of a fan, and 120mm fans have a huge dead spot. No great loss, IMO.

Though it may fit all motherboards, it won't fit all motherboard/case combos. I had to get rid of mine XP120 because of how far "above" the motherboard it stuck.
 

JEDIYoda

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Originally posted by: Zap
Originally posted by: scrawnypaleguy
This doesn't seem to make any sense at all

It makes perfect sense. The heatsink "looks" to be taller, thus making it clear everything. To retain the fins coming from the base would have required longer fins = more cost. Also, the heatpipes should be able to transfer heat to the top fins. The "missing" fins wouldn't be sufficient to transfer heat (too thin, too long a distance). The final thing is that the center fins were right in the "dead spot" of a fan, and 120mm fans have a huge dead spot. No great loss, IMO.

Though it may fit all motherboards, it won't fit all motherboard/case combos. I had to get rid of mine XP120 because of how far "above" the motherboard it stuck.

Was that because with a fan attached you had no clearance?
Or did you have a fan with an airduct attached maybe?

Just asking....:)
 

Operandi

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Originally posted by: JEDIYoda
Originally posted by: Zap
Originally posted by: scrawnypaleguy
This doesn't seem to make any sense at all

It makes perfect sense. The heatsink "looks" to be taller, thus making it clear everything. To retain the fins coming from the base would have required longer fins = more cost. Also, the heatpipes should be able to transfer heat to the top fins. The "missing" fins wouldn't be sufficient to transfer heat (too thin, too long a distance). The final thing is that the center fins were right in the "dead spot" of a fan, and 120mm fans have a huge dead spot. No great loss, IMO.

Though it may fit all motherboards, it won't fit all motherboard/case combos. I had to get rid of mine XP120 because of how far "above" the motherboard it stuck.

Was that because with a fan attached you had no clearance?
Or did you have a fan with an airduct attached maybe?

Just asking....:)

I think it depends on where the socket is on the MB. If it's too close to the edge of the board big heatsinks like the XP-120 and Zalman 7700 can have issues. It would also depend on the case I suppose.
 

GnomeCop

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whoops n/m,
wrong SI-120 thread, but that thing is indeed weird lookin
supposedly doesnt cool much better than a regular XP120.
great if it fits more makes and models of motherboards though
 

Zap

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Originally posted by: JEDIYoda
Originally posted by: Zap
Though it may fit all motherboards, it won't fit all motherboard/case combos. I had to get rid of mine XP120 because of how far "above" the motherboard it stuck.

Was that because with a fan attached you had no clearance?
Or did you have a fan with an airduct attached maybe?

It, ahem, "interfered" with the power supply - as in it pressed against it. The motherboard had the socket near the top (as you are looking at the board in a standing tower case) edge and the HSF extended beyond the top edge by an inch or so. Unfortunately the power supply was closer than an inch.
 

mindwreck

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strange thought: how bout lappign the top of the base. removing the clips and modding it to strap onto a video card:)

massive version of the V-1
 

Cerb

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Looks good. Will they ever come out with a tower HS for normal CPUs?