Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler Review

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The Test System

Before we take a look at the performance numbers, let’s take a brief look at the test system that was used.  All testing was done using a fresh install of Windows 10 Professional 64-bit and benchmarks were completed on the desktop with no other software programs running.

ALL COOLERS will be using Noctua NT-H1 thermal compound, which requires zero cure time.

  • Intel Core i7 4770k Quad-Core Haswell CPU
  • Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct
  • 8GB Corsair Dominator Platinum 1600MHz Memory
  • MSI Z97 Gaming 5 Motherboard
  • EVGA GTX 570 Classified Video Card
  • Corsair Neutron GTX 240GB
  • Corsair AX860i 80 Plus Platinum Power Supply
  • Windows 10 Professional Operating System
  • Thermaltake Core X71 Chassis

Intel Z97/LGA1150 Platform

Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct

The Intel Z97 platform that we used to test these coolers was running the MSI Z97 Gaming 5 motherboard with BIOS version 1.D that came out on 02/17/2016.  We will be sticking with this version of the BIOS between all coolers.  The processor used, the Intel Core i7 4770k, will be using the stock frequency of 3.5GHz with turbo boost enabled, which can boost it up to 3.9GHz.  Low power state is enabled and the CPU frequency and v-core are set to AUTO, just like they were out of the factory.

When we do our overclocking, the 4770k will be overclocked to 4.4GHz at 1.1850 volts, which is just a hair over the stock 1.1755 volts read from Core Temp.  This particular 4770k may have a little more in it, but I had difficulties with going above 4.5GHz while retaining reasonable temperatures, so I settled on 4.4GHz.

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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:

    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!