Date: August 25th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermalright
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
With some pretty creative bending, Thermalright has managed to get six heatpipes into the rather small base.
The base is just what I've come to expect from Thermalright coolers. The nickel-plated copper base isn't mirror finished, but it's smooth and flat.
There are numerous aluminum fins interfacing with the six heatpipes to dump the heat accumulated at the base. As with the vast majority of Thermalright coolers, the end user will have to supply a fan. I've always been of two minds on this practice. On the one hand, it would be more convenient to be able to purchase a “turn key” cooling solution with everything you need, including a fan, in the box. On the other hand, being able to tailor cooling/noise performance to a unique system is quite attractive, too. I suppose the majority of enthusiasts and overclockers fit into this latter category, but a fan could be included for a nominal price. Oh well.
The Ultima-90I comes with a rather elaborate mounting system to accommodate both 775 and AM2 boards. The backplate and mounting bracket on the left are common to both platforms, as are the spring-loaded screws, but there are unique bracket mounts for each of the two sockets. A wrench, thermal compound, fan clips for 92 and 120mm fans, and vibration dampening strips are also included. Let's get it on the testbed and see what it can do.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
While the supplied manual gives you everything you need, detailed pictorial instructions for installation on Intel and AMD platforms can be found HERE , and any updated information regarding installation is likeky to show up online before the printed material hits the market. We've got everything together, so let's get busy.
We'll be working on an Intel 775 platform which will require motherboard removal. AM2 users will have to do this as well as remove the OEM retention bracket. With the backplate in place and the top brackets installed, thermal compound can be applied and the cooler installed.