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Hello all, I am new to the forums and trying to finalize the build for my new rig. I have a question for any of you who have had any experience with Thermalright heatsinks:

 

I would like to get an XP-120 if possible. However, being the monstrous beast that it is, I am concerned about whether or not it will fit with the DFI board and not block RAM slots, PCIe slot, etc. Also, I would like to get the Corsair sticks with LEDs, so I want my Bling to be visible :)

 

Are any of you using an XP-120 with a Lanparty Ultra-D, and have you had any problems/issues?

 

Just looking for some info before I buy the sink. The other option is to go with the smaller XP-90. I would appreciate any feedback from any of you who are using that model as well. My as-yet-to-be-ordered specs are in my sig.

 

Thanks!

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The XP-120 fits but it will block the first PCIe x2? slot. However, the first PCIe slot is not the one the video card uses. The vid card uses the 2nd PCIe slot which is x16. It doesn't block most ram but I think the Corsair with the LEDs are taller than normal so you might have a problem with them.

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According to the ULTRA-D manual PCIE1 slot (nearest the CPU) is the correct slot for a single card and runs at 16x, while PCIE4 runs at 2x.

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I don't know if that heat sink will block other things on your board, but I do have one of the K8 Silent Boost models from Thermalright (the many bladed 80mm one) and on my overclocked venice, it keeps things at 40C when gaming. I have a Venice 3200+ at 2.5GHz without any problems. Just so you know, there are otehr good options out there my friend. Good luck.

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UH - the "Silent Boost" is a ThermalTAKE product, if I remember right!

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The XP-120 with the ends of the heatpipes pointed up over the RAM slots still gives you enough room to change memory sticks when installed.

 

This will also allow the fan on the heatsink to cool the RAM.

 

Yeah, the slot numbering is a little wonky.

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According to the ULTRA-D manual PCIE1 slot (nearest the CPU) is the correct slot for a single card and runs at 16x, while PCIE4 runs at 2x.

 

If you look at this picture you will see that the PCIe slot closest to the CPU is not the x16 slot for the video card but a x4 slot. The x4 slot is the one that is blocked by the XP-120.

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I'm using an XP120 but frankly unless you're looking to run a low speed 120mm fan there is no point to spend the extra money as the XP90 cools just as well.

 

Also, the XP120 will play havoc with your airflow if you have anything other than a low speed fan increasing case temps.

 

That said - if you're looking for excellent cooling and want quiet nothing can beat the XP120 with a low speed fan.

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If you're feeling funky, I can recommend their Beetle cooler, it gives excellent performance (and it looks SO cute), but you will have to check if it will fit on your mobo. It fits on my LANparty UT nF3 250gb mobo, but I had to remove my Tt heatsinks with the running blue lights, since it does come close to the ram-slots :)

 

Depending on how your cpu-slot is oriented, it will either blow hot air straight out of your rear-fan or straight out through your psu, neither of which is a bad thing.

 

Keeps my A64 3200+ at 29-30 degress idle, 39 gaming, and that is at it's absolute lowest speed (since I love silence).

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How can a high performance heatsink with a high speed/airflow fan increase the case temps? I'm not sure what you mean by your statement. Could you please post back and explain exactly what you're talking about?

 

Also, the XP120 will play havoc with your airflow if you have anything other than a low speed fan increasing case temps.

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@ExRoadie: I have noticed the same thing. If I run my Tornado on the XP-90 at 12V, my CPU actually runs warmer than when it is at 7V. My reasoning is that ~119CFM at 12V completely disrupts airflow through the case, rendering the exhaust fans ineffective. At 7V, the output is more sane, and air flows properly.

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