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Thermalright Frost Spirit 140

Post by Abula » Sun Jun 06, 2021 6:41 pm

We have been given lots of CPU cooler options over the past decade, SPCR liked a lot the offering of Scythe like Kotesu and the Mugen, more so because they offer very good performance for the money. Thermalright in the past have been a very high end tower cooler with offering like Silver Arrow or HR02/HR22 among a lot of cooler, competing with Noctua for a long time. We have seen new companies like Phantek and BeQuiet appearing with decent offering (not mentioning a lot that have very good products).

We mostly recommend Mugen5 out of being cheap, not overlap the memory, easy to install, etc, well rounded cooler for $50, and i would even say the Fuma2 at $60 imo is the next step up if the person is looking for better cooling. But i recently was checking Amazon for coolers and found something interesting, Thermalright Frost Spirit 140 $50.62, sold by Thermalright Direct with amazon fulfillment.

Around six months ago i was rebuilding my Sim racing PC with an 5900x, and found this cooler in AlieXpress, a little more expensive, but was intrigued about next iteration of coolers coming from Thermalright, so order one, at the same time i found a 5950x so decided to also rebuild my main setup, i also ordered the Noctua NF-D15s Chromax to compare it with the Thermalright, and while noctua is still better, but not by much, and the price difference easily beats Noctua.

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As long as people don't fear the size of it, i would even say that it will beat the Mugen5, with the 120mm frontal fan, allows memory like Gskill TriedentZ without issues, probably will rival the Fuma2 for $10 less. Really good cooler for $50.
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Re: Thermalright Frost Spirit 140

Post by Japanese Capacitor » Mon Jun 07, 2021 12:33 am

Great to know your measurements and knowing Thermalright I'm completely not surprised it does that well. I just wonder, how it would be when noise normalized on few speeds. It shouldn't be hard to beat A15 on high speeds as these fans show their age with how fast their noise increases, but D15, S shine the most with cooling capabilities on low speeds (<800) rpm when their noise is just the same as from other ones.

TR is coming with whole new line-up to I think replace anything older in every weight, I've seen a lot of announcements, but not even one review. Knowing how TR was doing in the past and assuming they made some progress with new ones, I suspect these coolers will be price-performance killers in their categories as TR products used to be. Now peak of the cooler market are Scythe, Noctua and bq! - it just doesn't make sense to buy anything else, if you don't mind the price, look or whatever. But looking at the past Thermalright is first brand I would suspect to be the forth one, but killing all with the price/performance.

How would you rate the quality of build? TR used to be the brand reasonably balancing in terms of that to keep the prices impressive, but on the photos I see some uplift as e.g. antivibration mounts. Does it feel closer to something cheap or fine as Scythe? Do fans have noise-less motors and bearings? How's the noise profile - clean movement of air, damn whistling or turbulence?

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Re: Thermalright Frost Spirit 140

Post by CA_Steve » Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:53 am

nice :)

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Re: Thermalright Frost Spirit 140

Post by Abula » Tue Jun 08, 2021 7:04 am

I just wonder, how it would be when noise normalized on few speeds.
Sorry I don't have the equipment or the chamber to do this accurately.
How would you rate the quality of build?
I would say about even with the past iteration, i always seen the craftman of Thermalright to be top notch. One thing worth mentioning is that they abandon their square mounting mechanism which was pretty good imo, and adopted something very similar to Noctua/Scythe, not saying its bad, just different. Mounting the cooler was very easy, as it was with Noctua NH-D15s, i prefer twin towers as you can see and have good access to the mounting screws, offset towers you do have to mount a screw almost blind.
Do fans have noise-less motors and bearings? How's the noise profile - clean movement of air, damn whistling or turbulence?
Hard to say, i didn't play much with the fans, again no chamber so i don't bother. I didn't hear any bearing noise, and sound signature the middle fan is exactly the same as TY147B which is pretty good imo, the frontal i would say the sonic signature was similar to Scythe KamaFlex. Below 800rpms they were inaudible to me 3ft away. For me i wouldn't change them, to me they are good enough, not saying they are the best, but for $50 its a good overall package.

Hope more people try it, it a good cooler, i would say its best for the money atm.

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Re: Thermalright Frost Spirit 140

Post by Japanese Capacitor » Tue Jun 08, 2021 8:05 am

Thank you for the info as this brand gets surprisingly low attention for some time. No problem with you not being able to measure the noise, because I personally also don't have decibel meter ;) I wondered, because Frost Spirit looks to be on par with D15S with two fans and this cooler isn't even their heaviest weight. Their new two-tower flagship is Frost Commander 140 - one heatpipe more, 2mm higher and faster fans. This thing will probably beat D15, but it will depend on the noise - maybe it will be another Deepcool Assassin 3, maybe new king.

And yes, it's highly likely to be the best for the money. I don't know the prices around the world, but if it costs the same as Mugen 5B and Shadow Rock 3 and beats them with cooling/noise, it's the best. Probably even their being here for year or two current interation of Macho (rev. C) is a little better than these two, but hard to say - it's launch happened to be almost unnoticed with just few reviews or small sites, where he scored good enough to suspect that.

TR generally stayed under radar for a longer while and I wonder if they were just cooking their new line-up or had some problems. Unnoticed C's launch and terrible availability in Poland - TR used to be widely available and popular here. Like two years ago and more Macho were just most popular recommendations for somebody needing something more than Pure Rock, but not D15.

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