Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct CPU Cooler Review

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Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct Benchmarking & Overclocking

In the benchmarks that will be run, we used an Intel 4770k clocked at 3.5GHz with Turbo Boost and the low power state enabled.  Turbo Boost allows the 4770k to hit up to 3.9GHz right out of the box.  Stock results will be utilizing auto for the multiplier and v-core, which reads 1.1750v in Core Temp, and overclocking will utilize manually entered multiplier and voltage numbers.  In this case, our Intel Core i-7 4770k was able to obtain a 4.4 GHz overclock at 1.185 volts.

To record temperatures, we used Core Temp v1.4 to monitor and record temperatures.  For our idle temperature, we will average the readout across all four cores from Core Temp.  When stress testing, we will use Core Temp’s Max number and average all four cores.

Slimming down on the benchmarks from previous reviews, we’ll be strictly using AIDA64 to stress the CPU and no games.  Within AIDA64, we will be running the System Stability Test and choosing the Stress CPU, FPU, Cache, and System Memory tests for thirty minutes.  This will peg all four cores and eight threads to 100%, which will help us to understand exactly how hot this CPU can get with each cooler.

Ambient temperature during all testing was 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

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

Reminder:  For the results that you see below, we’re publishing the results based on the fans being connected directly to the motherboard’s fan header and not utilizing the connectors off the pump (where applicable).


Click the charts below to view it full-sized and easier to read.





AIDA64 @ 3.9GHz



AIDA64 @ 4.4GHz



Overall Results:  The Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct did pretty good here.  It’s no water cooler, but it certainly kept up quite well with them.  It even found itself ahead of the Noctua NH-D15, which costs nearly twice as much.

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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!