Introducing the Thermaltake Jing

Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler

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

  • Universal Socket Compatibility & Accessory Package
  • Specifications of the Thermaltake Jing

  • Heatsink Dimension: 131(L) x 123(W) x 162(H) mm (with 2 Fans)
  • Heatsink Material
  • Heatpipe: 6mm (x5)
  • Fan Dimension: 120(L) x 120(H) x 25(W) mm
  • Fan Speed: 800 ~ 1,300 RPM
  • Noise Level:
  • Air Flow: 42 CFM Max.
  • Air Pressure
  • Power Connector: 3 Pin Rated
  • Voltage: 12 V
  • Started Voltage: 6 V
  • Rated Current: 0.2 A
  • Power Input: 2.4 W
  • MTBF: 50,000 Hrs @ 40*C
  • Weight: 920 g (with 2 Fans)
  • Unboxing the Thermaltake Jing

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler box

    The Jing comes in a nice sturdy box with information and graphics all over it.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler box features

    On the back are images of the cooler, diagram with the cooler on a motherboard and a list of features.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler box specifications

    One side has the specifications listed.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler box

    On the other side is the features list in languages other than English.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler inside the box

    Opening the box shows the instructions are right on top.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler packed in foam

    Sliding the packing out we see the Jing is completely encased in foam. At the very top is the accessories box.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler cradeled in foam

    Pulling one side of the foam off we can see the Jing is held nice and tight.

    Looking Closer at the Jing

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler fan mounting

    Each fan is attached to a mount that clips to the cooling fins. The fans are removable to aid in the installation process.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler fan

    You can remove the whole mount or just the fan.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler fan power connector

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler fan isolator

    In each corner of the fan mounts there is a small silicon nubbin for vibration isolation.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler fan

    The fans on the Jing are standard 120mm dimensions. So if you wanted to change the fans for something else you have the option.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler fins

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler fins from side

    This is looking from the side.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler top

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler heatpipes

    At the bottom we can see the 5 heatpipes. They are in a staggered pattern across the fins.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler base

    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 Jing CPU Cooleraccessory box

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler accessory

    And under a plastic cover all the parts are snugly held in a foam rubber tray.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler backing plate

    The Jing has a universal backing plate for both AMD and Intel.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler backing plate slots

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler installing spacers

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler thumbscrews

    Then you put the mounting straps on. They are held in place with thumbscrews.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler

    The backing plate clears the socket reinforcement plate nicely.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler

    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

    Prolimatech Super Mega CPU Cooler

    System specs

    Here are the parts that make up the Legit Reviews Core i7-930 test system:

    Intel Test Platform
    Component Brand/Model Pricing
    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

    Test procedure

    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.

    Coolers Tested

    The Temperature Testing Results

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler stock temp 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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler mild oc temp results

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler extreme oc temp results

    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 Jing CPU Cooler

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler backing plate slot

    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.

    Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler base

    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.