Thermalright True Spirit CPU Cooler Review

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Installing the True Spirit

Thermalright True Spirit

The True Spirit comes with everything needed to mount the cooler and mount one fan. Thermalright provides spring clips for only one fan. The True Spirit can accommodate two fans, and Thermalright does include enough vibration strips for two fans.

Thermalright True Spirit

What is new to the True Spirit is the mounting system. The new universal mount will allow the cooler to be mounted to all current Intel LGA sockets and the AMD AM2 and AM3 sockets.

Thermalright True Spirit

The upper mount has a cross strap that will hold the cooler to the board.

Thermalright True Spirit

There are also backing plate spacers for AMD and Intel. There also is the upper mounting post. The mounting post has a plastic washer glued to it. This is nice as it keeps it from marring up the motherboard and possibly scratching it.

Thermalright True Spirit

To install, first you attach mounting screws to the backing plate with the right spacers. The spacers are snug enough to the screws that they hold the screws in place.

Thermalright True Spirit

Then the mounting post holds the backing plate to the motherboard. On top of those, the upper plate is installed.

Thermalright True Spirit

The upper plate did get rather close to the heatsinks around the socket on the Intel DX58SO motherboard I use in the test system. I know there are some boards with even larger heatsinks around the socket, so this is something that could be an issue for some.

Thermalright True Spirit

Then comes the cooler and that is held in place by the top strap.

Thermalright True Spirit

With the fan installed the install is complete.

Thermalright True Spirit

The RAM clearance is normal for coolers as of late. Users with tall RAM sinks could run into issues. With the True Spirit being as narrow as it is with RAM slots in the standard location it won’t be an issue for the Intel side; AMD will depend on how the cooler has to be turned.

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