Thermalright Frost Spirit 140

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

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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 vì chưng not see the True line of coolers going anywhere anytime soon, as we have yet lớn 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 thiết kế is concerned, but Thermalright has shown that they are not afraid khổng lồ try something new. Thermalright is a company that starts trends but is also not afraid lớn follow them, incorporating all of the latest và greatest ideas into their CPU coolers. Offset designs for improved fitment, use of plating over exposed copper, increasing the kích thước to fit 140mm fans, & some of the beefiest hardware out there on the market today are all things that tend khổng lồ give Thermalright an edge when it comes to looking for a new CPU cooler. Not only are designs adjusted lớn 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 thể thao 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 lớn be able khổng lồ deliver. Yes, it is made khổng lồ take on all of the latest và greatest processors, it is on the larger kích thước for a tower cooler, yet at the same time, clearance all around it is afforded, và this stylish tower cooler is up lớn the task at hand. Since it covers all of the major concerns when it comes to looking for a replacement air cooler khổng lồ cool your CPU, we can easily say that taking the time lớn see what we have to lớn say about the True Spirit 140 Direct is well worth your time, & we bởi vì suggest you read on.

In the specifications offered from Thermalright, we vì not find out much about the True Spirit 140 Direct, more so, just a brief overview. The body toàn thân of the heat sink is 140mm wide, 77mm deep with the fan hâm mộ installed on it, and stands just 161mm in height, fitting inside of many mid và 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 vị trí cao nhất 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 kiến thiết leaves the pipes exposed khổng lồ make direct liên hệ 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 hâm mộ is oval in shape; one side khổng lồ 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 tốc độ range from 300 khổng lồ 1300 RPM và is specified khổng lồ deliver a maximum of 21 dB(A) when it comes to lớn noise levels. The TY-140 tín đồ chosen here shows no static pressure rating, but we bởi see that it will deliver 73.6 CFM of airflow as long as the 4-pin PWM nguồn lead is getting maximum signaling.

One thing which will draw the masses to lớn 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 giảm giá khuyến mãi 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 lớn be an Amazon Prime thành viên and wish not khổng lồ go through Newegg for this cooler, expect lớn 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, và for this price point, you are getting quite a bit of bang for the buck in your investment.


In black packaging with a simple gray bar across the bottom, an image of the True Spirit 140 Direct takes center stage. The name of the cooler is presented in orange & red letters, while the Thermalright biệu tượng công ty is white and green, và company name just in white.

The next panel shows the cooler name and the tagline "innovated – not imitated" at the top. The bulk of this panel is used lớn present the PWM, easy mounting, low noise, heat pipes configuration, compatibility, clearances, & that it ships with high-end thermal grease, as its feature set.

The back of the box is bright red & is where the specifications chart is offered lớn those who might be buying this off of a shelf in a big box store. There is also some iconography, the company name, and website address, & that it was made in Taiwan offered in the lower section.

The last panel on the packaging shows the product name và tagline across the top, but this is used primarily lớn afford a good view of the base kiến thiết in the True Spirit 140 Direct. With the heat pipes being exposed & making tương tác with the CPU, it is where the Direct in the coolers name derives.

Found inside of the box is this sandwich of parts and goodies. The TY-140 fan rests on one side of the tower, separated by a layer of dense foam. This foam surrounds the tower khổng lồ protect it, & on the other side of the foam is a box of hardware. We bởi also find a manual slid down one side of the box and is in easy reach khổng lồ look it over before opening things up và getting ahead of yourself. This may be a simple way lớn ship a cooler, but the protection afforded from both the box and the dense foam, our True Spirit 140 Direct showed in impeccable condition.

Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler

The body of the cooler is made of 49 fins in a stack pressed over heat pipes which are oriented in three lines to either side. The orientation delivers more airflow across the pipes to lớn improve efficiency but does make for some odd shaping as they leave the aluminum base.

The side of the tower is made with a jagged shape, và even has a set of grooves which one would think the fan hâm mộ would connect with, but not in this design. At the bottom, we also see that the pipes sidestep each other as they make their way into the fin stack.

Since the fin stack is identical in number and shape to lớn the front, we want to point out that this cooler, even though it looks nearly symmetrical, there is a slight offset khổng lồ the design to allow for PCI-e slot clearance too.

Both of the sides are designed with an open fin stack, but the fins will stay spaced evenly without the sides being closed off. With five pipes in three sections of the fins, the punched out holes và the lips created from that process do a great job of spacing the fins, & ensuring they will not move.

Since the base is wider than the tower is, we placed the True Spirit 140 Direct on the TY-140 fan. Each side offers five pipes which are evenly spaced, and we also see four small holes punched into each fin as well. The Thermalright biểu tượng logo is cut from every fin in the stack, và the two holes found near the edges is how fan clips are attached khổng lồ this tower.

From this angle, we see that the holes are found all the way through the tower và that each of the nickel plated copper heat pipes is only pressed into each fin as means of transferring heat khổng lồ the aluminum.

The five heat pipes are evenly spaced across the base with small sections of the aluminum base plate. The pipes sit much higher than the spacers, và the mating surface is rough in texture. Either there is so much nickel that the milling on the heat pipes is no longer visible, or it could be the pipes were never machined in the first place.

The đứng đầu of the base has a Thermalright sticker placed on it which offers the serial number of only the tower. Each edge of the base plate has the Thermalright name & logo carved into it, just as the shape changes to offer the mounting tabs.

Recalling back lớn that white cardboard box which contains all of the hardware, once we opened it, all of the hardware is found in one large bag. There are smaller bags inside to section off the bits, so feel không tính tiền to rip it open to get to lớn what is inside.

Floating freely inside of the large bag is what we have in this image. There is an LGA1151 socket spacer centered in the four wire tín đồ clips. Along the bottom, we see the backplate isolation membrane, the universal backplate, & the đứng top mounting bracket which is highly polished in appearance.

In smaller bags, we find the Chill Factor grease at the top, with larger bags below it. The bag on the left contains the fans isolation tubes, nylon washers for both Intel & AMD mounts, & a socket LGA775 pre-load spacer as well. The bag on the right delivered the backplate screws, LGA2100 standoffs, standoffs for all other sockets, screws khổng lồ mount the top plate, as well as screws with washers on them to lớn mount the cooler lớn the hardware.

If our mô tả tìm kiếm of the included fan hâm mộ earlier was not defined enough, here you can view the sản phẩm sticker. More specifically we can see that this is the TR-TY140Black fan which can draw 12V & uses only 0.20A. It is shown khổng lồ be made in China, and there is another fancy Thermalright sticker with a serial number quality to just the fan.

The manual for this cooler is thorough & easy khổng lồ follow. Starting off with a parts các mục to verify you have everything needed, the manual moves onto the installation process. There are a few exploded diagrams lớn show how it works, but there are also sections specific lớn LGA2011, Intel và AMD, which contains renderings, denotations of the parts required, all in a simple khổng lồ follow format.

This is the first time we have seen this additional component and insert, but this explains it all. The clear plastic spacer we just mentioned is made khổng lồ fit over the CPU, but khổng lồ be held into place with the retention bracket on the socket. There is no literature as to why it is needed, but we will be employing its use for testing.

It may be tough lớn see since the spacer is clear, but we have fitted it around the CPU và locked the retention bracket down as usual. It appears that this spacer locks the CPU into a centralized location, but we cannot see it helping with pressure as it does not touch the locking mechanism.

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Following the instructions, we find the four longest screws and slide them through both the backplate as well as the isolation membrane. Once that has been done, for Intel, you grab the smaller mix of nylon spacers and send them down the threads of the screws.

After that last step, we are then told to lớn put the backplate on the motherboard. Orientation matters little, as both ends are drilled equally with three holes, & the other two side are cut short enough not lớn conflict at all.

To get khổng lồ this stage of completion, we screwed the standoffs in place lớn each screw in the backplate. Once that is done, you place the vị trí cao nhất bracket over them, & then screw it into place using the four shorter screws.

On both sides of the fin stack, close lớn the corners, you will find an area with notches cut from six fins. This is where you squeeze in the rubber tubes which act as the isolation for the fan. We also recommend that you install the wire tín đồ mounting clips before installing the cooler as well.

Giving five or six turns to lớn a screw, then switching sides & repeating that process, the screws mounting the cooler khổng lồ the hardware are intended to bottom out. The đứng đầu plate will flex slightly under pressure, but the tabs should be making liên hệ with the đứng top plate.

We chose the option lớn use the fan sitting wider across the middle, to help keep the height down, và the tín đồ covers nearly the entire fin stack at this point. If you are worried about the use of the first PCI-e slot, turn the fan hâm mộ ninety degrees, so the tín đồ clips will not tương tác the card.

The fan slides in behind the memory, causing no conflicts for us here. Also, cảnh báo that the fan hâm mộ can sit low on the tower so that it will deliver airflow across the board and over the power delivery system as well.

The True Spirit 140 Direct is a tall và narrow cooler, & with all the room left behind the cooler, one could easily địa chỉ cửa hàng in another fan hâm mộ for a degree or two boost in performance. If you happen to lớn have an extra fan hâm mộ on hand, Thermalright already offers extra tín đồ clips, so a push-pull configuration is simple khổng lồ try out khổng lồ see if it is worth the trouble of buying a matching TY-140 fan.

Setting up the True Spirit 140 Direct for testing, we find it to lớn be hanging firmly from the motherboard with the hardware supplied with it. It does not twist in the slightest; you can look down through the cooler inside of the logo, and hanging in this image, it almost begs khổng lồ have a second fan hâm mộ on it. If for anything, just lớn fill the gap behind it và block our view of the hardware.

Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, và Noise Results

Chad"s CPU Cooler test System Specifications

Software: RealTemp 3.70, AIDA64 Engineer 5.75.3900, and CPU-z 1.77.0 x64

To see our testing methodology and to find out what goes into making our charts, please refer lớn our CPU Cooler Testing & Methodology article (October 2016) for more information.

Thermal Results

With our stock settings at play for this round of testing, we see that the True Spirit 140 Direct is a strong contender. Only three degrees behind a fat AIO, & within a range of many popular & more expensive CPU cooling solutions. The 56.25-degree result in this kiểm tra does not make them the champion, but the result is awfully good considering kích thước and that it is not a water cooler.

Still using PWM khổng lồ control the fan, we applied our overclocked profile to lớn the motherboard và ran another test. The True Spirit 140 Direct held its ground and produced a 72-degree result at this time. Just two degrees behind a cooler twice its size, and more efficient than many more expensive coolers below it, we feel Thermalright has made their point well.

We were able lớn gain another 3.25 degrees in performance by forcing the fan to run at full speed. At this time, the 68.75-degree result put this cooler right on the heels of a dual tower cooler design, & only two degrees out of first place.

Noise cấp độ Results

You have to lớn nearly climb on vị trí cao nhất of the TY-140 fan during the stock testing khổng lồ even hear a slight hum. The fan topped out at 660 RPM in this run of the test, & at that time there was only 25 dB of noise coming from it. If you are more than a foot away from the chassis, it is likely you will never hear it under normal conditions.

Still, under control of PWM voltage khổng lồ the fan, our first run with overclocked settings still leaves the True Spirit 140 Direct quite quiet. Moving into the audible scale at 30 dB, with the fan hâm mộ turning at a speed of 965 RPM, we still feel the claim to lớn silent cooling on the box to lớn be valid.

Even as we changed the BIOS lớn push the fan to one hundred percent of power, we only got 35 dB of noise lớn register on the meter. At this time our fan hâm mộ was spinning at 1400 RPM, which is over the rated speed, but still within plus or minus ten percent. Khổng lồ get the best from the cooler and leave it running full tốc độ all of the time is tolerable, và for the extra boost in performance, we think it is worth it.

Final Thoughts

Coolers lượt thích 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 cấp độ of efficiency. On vị trí cao nhất of that, every bit of the design, the hardware, & the way in which is mounts và the fact they include a spacer, it shows that Thermalright is offering their best in a thiết kế 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 hâm mộ and still not hit the same price point. With this angle of attack, we would venture to lớn guess you can drop temperatures another two degrees across the board, which lend well lớn the kiến thiết 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 và the price it sells for, we honestly have not a single thing to lớn complain about.

The True Spirit 140 Direct offers clearances to the memory, even for LGA2011 users, plenty of room to lớn use the vị trí cao nhất PCI-e slot, & all of the screws on the motherboard close khổng lồ it are accessible, which means you bởi not have khổng lồ install the motherboard first, & then the cooler. The hardware is all bits we are used khổng lồ seeing, they are easy to lớn assemble, và the manual will guide you through any parts that may raise questions. There are no fancy LEDs, but the nickel plating & natural aluminum playing off the đen top fin and tín đồ delivers in appeal.

Competing, in the best conditions, with the NH-D15, trading blows with the NiC-C5, và besting the MASTERAIR coolers, Thermalright handled their business, và did not require an exorbitant price lớn give you near silent cooling with performance which is appreciated as well. All in all, it is hard to lớn fault this kiến thiết in any way. It may appear lớn be plain, but what it lacks in show, it more than makes up for in everything else.

For those of you who vì chưng not want lớn jump on the RGB LED craze, or have any desire lớn buy a CPU air cooler that is there to look decent & do its job, Thermalright has the cooler for you. Options to showroom a second fan to boost performance from already good results, a cooler you bởi not have to battle with lớn hear other things in the room, & it can all be had for less than $50.

With the actual cost being mix 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.

The Bottom Line: Superior performance, low noise levels, ease of installation, và the option to add a second fan are all terrific reasons lớn buy! The Thermalright True Spirit 140 Direct ticks nearly all the boxes, và is a workhorse ready and willing to vị the job at hand.

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Chad Sebring

Chad joined the team in 2009 & has since reviewed 100s of new techy items. After a year of gaming, Chad caught the OC bug. With overclocking comes the need for better cooling, and Chad has had many air & water setups. With a few years of abusing computer parts, he decided lớn take his chances và try lớn get a nhận xét 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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