Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme CPU Cooler
Author: Connan Schafstall
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 09-28-2009
Provided by: Tuniq

As much as I was hoping that I could install the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme without pulling my motherboard, it just was not possible in my case. Normally I would frown upon this inconvenience for an install, but considering the weight and sheer girth of the Extreme cooler, I see a secure mount as a necessity.

Installing the baseplate and cooler is a snap with the included hardware, just be aware that you will probably need to pull your motherboard for a painless installation. The Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan has a long enough power cable to allow for ease of cable management. I was easily able to run the cable behind my motherboard tray to keep my case internals looking clean and uncluttered.

Powering up, the blue LEDs look great as the light from them is refracted off of the nickel-plating on the cooler's fins. The MFDB fan seems to be moving a good bit of air at all speeds, but this is where we run into a hitch. I crank the fan to 100% and it starts to make a racket. Almost like the blades are making contact somewhere. I take the fan out to inspect, and cannot find anything loose or any obstructions inside the cooler. After many bouts of pulling the cooler apart, the only conclusion I have been able to come up with is that at any speeds over 85% the spinning blades create a slight oscillation making a noise that is amplified by the fins of the cooler. It is hard to say if this is just a problem with my cooler, or a problem shared by others.

Testing just ahead...

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