Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler Review

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Introduction to the Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct

Thermalright is a company that has been around for more than a decade, and they’ve been dedicated to making high quality performance cooling products for the enthusiast.  While we haven’t had a chance to review a Thermalright product in several years, we’re happy to have another one on the bench to check out.  Today we’re going to take a look at a variation of the TRUE Spirit series.

What makes the TRUE Spirit 140 Direct unique over the others in its series is the fact that it utilizes direct touch heatpipes – five 6mm heatpipes to be exact.  Utilizing direct contact heatpipes allows for superior cooling versus having to touch a copper base and then dissipate into the heatpipe.  Another unique feature of the TRUE Spirit 140 Direct is the reduced installation height.  Because of the direct touch heatpipe system, this cooler is 4mm lower than the TRUE Spirit 140 Rev. A and a whopping 9mm lower than the TRUE Spirit 140 Power.  This reduced height will allow users to install this cooler into even more compact cases.

Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct

Included with the cooler is a single TY-140 Black (140mm) PWM fan, designed to be near silent.  How silent?  It’s rated to run between 15 – 21 dBA with a max speed of only 1300 RPM.  This fan is also capable of pushing roughly 73.6 CFM (125 m³/h), though no static pressure information is listed.

This cooler was released late 2016 and can currently be had for $46.95 shipped on Amazon.  Thermalright didn’t have any warranty information listed on the product or their website, but we reached out to them and they informed us the cooling unit itself has a 2-year warranty.

Compatibility wise, the TRUE Spirit 140 Direct is compatible with any current Intel or AMD socket, including sockets as old as the Intel LGA775 or AMD AM2.  Also, great news for new Ryzen owners is that this cooler is also compatible with the new AM4 socket!

TRUE Spirit 140 Direct Specifications

Length 152 mm
Width 77 mm
Height 161 mm
Weight 760 g
Fan Dimensions 152 x 140 x 26,5 mm
Material Hybrid
Fan Speed 300 – 1.300 U/min
Air Flow 28,7 – 125 m³/h
Noise 15 – 21 dB(A)
Connector 4-Pin PWM
Heatpipe 5 x 6 mm
Max. TDP 200 Watt
Manufacturer Number True Spirit 140 Direct
EAN Code 814256001267

This cooler looks pretty nice initially and is stated on the packaging to be simple to install, but we will find that out in later sections.  First, let’s take a look at how this cooler is packaged and take a quick look at it.

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  • OfficialG3

    i’d like to know which is better in terms of temps, my current thermaltake water 3.0 performer c (with 2 delta fans) or this cooler i just got from a giveaway using 2 delta fans ?

  • Vbsurd Vbsurd

    Is 4770k has default TIM or its’ delided?

    • Brian Nyhuis

      This just has the stock TIM in place.

      • Vbsurd Vbsurd

        Thanks for the info. It is important!

  • Eric

    Thanks for the review, especially the clear photo of the upper mounting plate on the mobo. It has the four AM4 holes, right next to the AM3 cutouts. You can see the layout on the Thermalright page here:
    http://thermalright.com/2017/02/21/thermalright-amd-am4-cpu-mount-upgrade/

    Thermalright says on their site that coolers manufactured after Jan 1 2017 have the AM4 modification. Your review confirms it. So these coolers should work fine with both Ryzen and the older cpus.

    • Brian Nyhuis

      Thanks! I was happy to see that it was AM4 compatible, too! We’ll be using this one in the future for sure! I was also happy with the performance – great value indeed!