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Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Tuniq Propeller 120 review

2. A closer look, installation

The Tuniq Propeller 120 heatsink retails in a large package and will cost you about $50, which is a decent price although you may find some more affordable solutions out there.

The product is fully compatible with the Intel LGA1366, LGA1156, LGA775 & AMD AM2, AM2+ and the AM3 sockets.

The contents are carefully packaged into a smaller box. These are the following: A PCI speed fan adjuster, Tuniq TX-3 thermal compound and the essential mounting clips for the corresponding CPU sockets:

The Tuniq Propeller 120 uses a pre-installed 120mm fan placed on the top side of the heatsink. The main unit measures around 128x127.5x125 mm and weighs 590g, without the fan.

The following side-view picture of the heatsink will help you better realize its unique design. Four Ø 8mm full copper nickel-plated heatpipes are connecting the aluminum fins with the base, part of which is actually the heatpipes as we will see later on. A 120mm fan is mounted on the top side of the fins, in order to keep them cool. It is not the first time we see such a design for a heatsink. It had proved to be not very efficient but we hope that the Tuniq Propeller 120 will show a better performance.

The copper heatpipes are actually part of the heatsink's base, in what Tuniq calls "Core-contact" technology:

The included 120mm fan lights up to blue when it is powered up, giving a cool blue glowing effect inside your PC case.

Before Installing this cpu cooler, carefully remove your motherboard from your PC case. Place the universal backplate at the bottom side of your motherboard and right below the CPU area. Four long screws should be used in order to mount the heatsink on the motherboard, as you can see in the picture below:

Apply some thermal compound on your CPU and carefully place the heatsink on it. make sure the heatsink's base is firmly attached on the CPU's surface. Use the four sprint bolt screws to keep the heatsink in place and you are ready to go..

As you can see in the picture below, the low volume of the CPU cooler around its base makes it easily installed even in cases where there is not so much free space left around the CPU area. The memory banks are free and the presence of the extra heatsink and some mosfets on our test motherboard around the CPU area are not an issue:

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