Introducing the Thermaltake Jing
For a little over a decade Thermaltake has been making everything from cases to power supplies to CPU coolers. When it comes to CPU coolers Thermaltake runs to the beat of a different drummer. Their designs in the past all had flare and a unique look to them; one that jumps out in my mind is the SpinQ. Just sitting on the desk the SpinQ looks like it could hurt you. The last couple of coolers they have released have gone with the more traditional tower design, but with Thermaltake flare, like the Frio. The Frio was release as their high-end cooler, but with a 43dBA rating at full speed was a little loud for some users. Thermaltake set out to take the Frio design and quiet it down and the Jing was the result. A dual 120mm tower cooler with a noise rating of 16-28dBA, and the Jing still has enough cooling power for CPUs up to 200W TDP.
Unlike the Noctua fans that use notches on the blades to reduce noise, the Jing has open frame fans. Being open on all sides means there is less chance of turbulence which causes noise.
Features of the Thermaltake Jing
- Optimized cooling performance
- Large Aluminum fins with five 6mm heat-pipes offer good cooling capacity. It supports to OC 4.0G in i7 CPU.
- All nickel plated fins, copper base and heat-pipes for better heat transmission. 2 extremely silent 120mm VR fans, speed from 800~1300RPM
- Ultra quiet operation with 16 dBA under minimum fan speed.
- Dual unique inhale-exhaust 120mm reverse fan design generates greater air flow to enhance thermal performance.
- Vibration-absorbent gaskets decrease noise while operation.
- All-in-one back-plate design for accelerated installation
- Universal support: Intel socket LGA 1366/1156/775 and AMD socket AM2/AM2+/AM3.
- Superb thermal grease maximizes heat transfer
Specifications of the Thermaltake Jing
- Model: CLP0574
- Intel 775/1155/1156/1366
- AMD AM2/AM3
- Supports All CPUs up to 200W TDP
- Aluminum Fins
- Aluminum & Copper Base
- 16 dBA @ 800 RPM
- 28dBA@1300 RPM Max.
- Air Intake = 0.85 mmH2O
- Air Exhaust = 1.43 mmH2O
Unboxing the Thermaltake Jing
The Jing comes in a nice sturdy box with information and graphics all over it.
On the back are images of the cooler, diagram with the cooler on a motherboard and a list of features.
One side has the specifications listed.
On the other side is the features list in languages other than English.
Opening the box shows the instructions are right on top.
Sliding the packing out we see the Jing is completely encased in foam. At the very top is the accessories box.
Pulling one side of the foam off we can see the Jing is held nice and tight.
Looking Closer at the Jing
The Jing is a tower cooler sporting 41 aluminum cooling fins on five 6mm nickel plated copper heatpipes. The Jing also has two 120mm open fame fans.
Each fan is attached to a mount that clips to the cooling fins. The fans are removable to aid in the installation process.
You can remove the whole mount or just the fan.
Each fan has a 3 pin power connector and its own rheostat style fan controller. The fan controller is removable; in doing so the fan will run at 100% speed.
In each corner of the fan mounts there is a small silicon nubbin for vibration isolation.
The fans on the Jing are standard 120mm dimensions. So if you wanted to change the fans for something else you have the option.
With the fans off we can get a look at the Jing. The fin structure and heatpipe arrangement make me think of the Frio; there are some slight differences to the base due to the mounting system being updated from what was used on the Frio.
This is looking from the side.
Looking at the top of the Jing the fin profile is symmetrical. There is a cover plate over the top of the Jing. It’s made of a translucent green plastic. What is nice is that Thermaltake was able to put the cover on and not affect the overall 162mm height because it's below the tips of the heatpipes.
At the bottom we can see the 5 heatpipes. They are in a staggered pattern across the fins.
The base of the Jing looks flat and feels flat, but when I took the image of the base you can see the waviness in the plating.
Installing the Thermaltake Jing
Thermaltake provides everything needed to mount the Jing to your Intel LGA or AMD AM2/AM3 socket. I will say this is the nicest accessory box for a cooler that I have seen. On the lid all the parts are labeled.
And under a plastic cover all the parts are snugly held in a foam rubber tray.
The Jing has a universal backing plate for both AMD and Intel.
The only issue I had with the backing plate is that on the Intel side, the slots that hold the retaining bolt are just ever so slightly too wide to prevent the bolt from spinning. The AMD side did not have this issue. I was able to hold it well enough to install, though.
Next I mounted the backing plate and the spacers on the top of the motherboard. Now, unlike most kits I have used, the spacers for the Jing are threaded. This is nice for a couple of reasons. First, it holds the backing plate to the motherboard without using 2 sided tape, which leaves gunk on a board when removed. The other is if, for some reason, you need to remove the cooler for TIM or CPU replacement, it can be done without the backing plate slipping out of place.
Then you put the mounting straps on. They are held in place with thumbscrews.
The backing plate clears the socket reinforcement plate nicely.
Then you mount the upper mounting tabs to the base of the cooler. It is held on to the base with two small screws from the underside. The mount has a captured screw and spring. With it being captured you don’t have to fight holding the screw and spring during the install process.
Then it is just a matter of applying your thermal paste and installing the cooler. Once installed you can put the fans back on. Since the fans on the Jing are not labeled, I just made sure to keep track of which was which. Even though they look the same, they are not. When installed they blow the same direction. If they were the same they would be blowing against one another.
As is the norm anymore, the Jing will have issues with tall ram. So make sure to do some measuring to see where your first ram slot lines up if you run tall ram.
Legit Reviews Intel Core i7-930 Test System
Here are the parts that make up the Legit Reviews Core i7-930 test system:
|Intel Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 930||Click Here|
|Motherboard||Intel DX58SO||Click Here|
|Memory||Kingston DDR3 3GB 1333MHz ValueRAM||Click Here|
|Video Card||EVGA GTS450||Click Here|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital 250gb SATA||Click Here|
|Power Supply||NZXT HALE90 750W||Click Here|
|Chassis||Cooler Master HAF 912||Click Here|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Professional (64bit)||Click Here|
To test the coolers the system will be left idle at the desktop for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. Then it will run at full load with Prime95 Blended test for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. There will be 3 levels tested with our Core i7-930 clocked at a stock 2.8 GHz, a mild OC of 3.5 GHz and a high OC of 4.0 GHz. All temps will be recorded with CoreTemp, and the temp reading from all 4 cores will be averaged. The thermal paste used on all coolers will be Gelid GC Extreme.
- Antec Kuhler H2O 620
- Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro
- CoolIT Eco 240
- CoolIT Vantage ALC
- Corsair A50
- Corsair H60
- Corsair H70
- Deepcool Killer Whale Premium
- GlacialTech Alaska
- Intel retail box Cooler
- Noctua NH-C14
- Prolimatech Super Mega
- Zalman CNPS9900 MAX
The Temperature Testing Results
With the system at stock settings, the Jing running on high cooled our Intel Core i7-930 to 59*C, 4.75 degrees behind the Prolimatech Super Mega and 20.5 degrees better than the stock Intel HSF. On low temps climbed to 64.75*C.
With the system bumped with a mild overclock to 3.5GHz the Jing cooled the CPU to 67.75*C, 7.5 degrees behind the Prolimatech Super Mega, and 5 degrees behind the Corsair A50. On low the Jing comes in the back of the pack at 72.5*C; that is still better than stock cooling at stock settings, and a whole lot quieter.
Then I pushed the system to 4GHz.The Jing comes in at 78.5*C, 8.25 degrees behind the Super Mega, and 3.25 degrees behind the Corsair A50. Even at 4GHz the Jing is still keeping the CPU cooler than stock cooling at stock settings.
Conclusion and Final Thoughts
Thermaltake set out to find a balance of performance and silence for the design of the Jing. On the quiet side of the equation they hit the nail on the head. On low I could not hear the fans outside of the case; I even unplugged my case fans to see if I could hear it. On high I could not distinguish it from my case fans. On the performance side it was performing on par with other coolers in its price range of $55-$65 with our system at stock settings and with the mild overclock, and outperformed the stock Intel HSF by a solid 20 degrees.
Overall the Jing has a very nice build quality. There were only 2 issues I could find with build quality. One was in the backing plate slots being a little sloppy and allowing the mounting bolts to spin. This is a very minor issue and did not prevent the overall installation.
The second is the with the nickel plating on the base. Even though it felt smooth, and looked smooth from an angle, looking straight on there was waviness to the plating.
I really liked the way the fans were mounted. They are easy to take on and off for cleaning both the fans and the cooling fins. Also, the mounts that hold the fans can also accept standard 120mm fans. So if down the road you want to change the fans out for something else with a little higher CFM to maybe squeeze a little more performance out of the Jing you can. Some users may not like the green color, but like with the Noctua fans, I'll put up with the color for the quiet operation.
Currently I could find the Jing for $63.74 shipped. That price tag puts Jing just into the high end air column. The Jing would be a solid upgrade for anyone moving from a stock cooler and would perform nicely for those who want quiet performance but are not pushing their system to the limits.
Legit Bottom Line: The Thermaltake Jing CPU cooler is a nice quiet cooling solution for the mainstream user. Costing $63.74 it is getting into the high end air range, but still affordable. The Jing also comes with a 3 year warranty.