Thermalright Ultra-90 K8

A Closer Look Cont.

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 5/4/2006
Author: Nicholas Sarpolis (NickS)
Hardware Acquired: Jab-Tech

A Closer Look

You can see here the Ultra-90 with the stock retention bracket/clip set in place.  Taking a look at the thermal paste included, you'll notice it's the usual silicone-styled thermal paste.  It'll still work fine for most applications, but for maximum performance you're better off with an after-market solution such as Arctic Silver Ceramique or Arctic Silver 5.

Moving on to the base, you'll notice it has a smooth, semi-reflective base. It is made out of solid copper, which is nickel plated for better heat transfer. The same goes for the six heatpipes.  Heatpipes are essentially hollow tubes with a liquid in them, usually water or alcohol.  When the base heats up, the liquid evaporates.  It then proceeds to rise up to the fins, which cool the liquid back down.  The cooled liquid then condenses and sinks back down to the hot base again, in an infinite loop.  This is much more effective than the usual fin-on-base style heatsinks.  With a fan mounted, the Ultra-90 look's awesome.  I'm using my Panaflo M1A, which has a grille and a sleeved tail.  The M1A is the reccomended model fan for both the XP-90 and the Ultra-90. 

The Ultra-90 uses the stock retention bracket that comes with your Socket 754/939/940 motherboard (bottom). The XP-90 uses a custom P4/s478 style mounting bracket (above).
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Most Recent Comments

04-05-2006, 19:47:49

WC Annihilus
Not too bad. However, this review seemed fairly laid back or something, much more casual. Not necessarily a bad thing. Also, when talking about test setup and method, you should say how long you let it sit for idle and load. I know you photoed that into your screenshots, but I prefer it all being stated before the testing screenies. That's personal preference though. Besides that, nice job

Edit: Upon a more thorough reading, I'm sorry to say I've come to dislike it You misspelled necessarily and necessary. I really feel you should spell out everything fully instead of using all of those abbreviations. You should have capitalized Ballistix. The overall organization seemed off and it just doesn't seem to flow. This is not a flame or anything of the sort. I just have a bit of a habit of stating things very bluntly.Quote

04-05-2006, 21:55:43

I'm going to have to agree... The review only took a couple of hours for Nick to fully test and complete, doesn't seem long enough to be a solid official review.Quote

05-05-2006, 05:19:13

Review taken down for a bit of moderation. Will be back later.Quote

05-05-2006, 05:31:36

i dont think its too bad, idle and load times are shown nicely in a graph Quote

05-05-2006, 08:15:23

I think I corrected it all, and I re-enabled it. Take a look


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