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.
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.
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.