Thermaltake Jing CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Coelho on October 27, 2010
Thermaltake is releasing a new CPU cooler, called Jing, which has a tower design, five heatpipes, and two 120 fans. Check it out!
The Jing box is made of cardpaper, with no openings or transparent window.
In Figure 2, you can see the accessories that come with the Jing: manuals, installation hardware, and a tube of thermal compound. The hardware comes in a fancy little box where everyting has its own place in a foam pad, giving a very professional aspect to the product.
In Figure 3, you can see the Thermaltake Jing. It looks nice in light gray and green.
In the next pages, you will see this cooler in detail.
In Figure 4, you see the front of the cooler. The green fan is mounted on a fancy-shaped gray frame.
In Figure 5, you see the side of the cooler. Note that the fans are not identical. The front one pushes air into the heatsink, while the rear one pulls air from it. They spin on the same direction (when viewed from the side), and the blades of the first fan are mirrored in relation to the blades of the second fan. You will be able to see this better in Figure 9.
In Figure 7, you see the top of the cooler, which has a plastic green cap and a metal badge with the cooler logo.
In Figure 9, you can see the 120 mm fans, where you can see how the blades of the second fan are flipped compared to the blades of the first fan. They have three-pin connectors, meaning they don't have PWM automatic speed control. However, they have small potentiometers where you can manually adjust their rotation speeds.
In order to install the Jing, you need to remove the fans and attach two clips to the base of the cooler.
Then, you will need to install the parts shown in Figure 12 on your motherboard, making a frame where you can screw the cooler in (shown in Figure 13).
In Figure 14, you can see the Jing installed in our case, with the fans reinstalled.
We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.
We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 (in this version, the software uses all available threads) with the "In-place Large FFTs" option.
We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.
Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.
Operating System Configuration
We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.
The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.
Processor at Full Load
|Cooler||Room Temp.||Noise||Speed||Core Temp.||Noise||Speed||Core Temp.|
|Intel stock (socket LGA1156)||14 °C||44 dBA||1700 rpm||46 °C||54 dBA||2500 rpm||90 °C|
|Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1||14 °C||47 dBA||2050 rpm||33 °C||56 dBA||2900 rpm||62 °C|
|Zalman CNPS10X Extreme||14 °C||45 dBA||1400 rpm||27 °C||53 dBA||1950 rpm||51 °C|
|Thermaltake Silent 1156||14 °C||44 dBA||1200 rpm||38 °C||49 dBA||1750 rpm||69 °C|
|Noctua NH-D14||14 °C||49 dBA||1250 rpm||27 °C||49 dBA||1250 rpm||53 °C|
|Zalman CNPS10X Performa||14 °C||46 dBA||1500 rpm||28 °C||52 dBA||1950 rpm||54 °C|
|Prolimatech Megahalems||14 °C||40 dBA||750 rpm||27 °C||60 dBA||2550 rpm||50 °C|
|Thermaltake Frio||14 °C||46 dBA||1450 rpm||27 °C||60 dBA||2500 rpm||50 °C|
|Prolimatech Samuel 17||14 °C||40 dBA||750 rpm||40 °C||60 dBA||2550 rpm||63 °C|
|Zalman CNPS8000A||18 °C||43 dBA||1400 rpm||39 °C||54 dBA||2500 rpm||70 °C|
|Spire TherMax Eclipse II||14 °C||55 dBA||2200 rpm||28 °C||55 dBA||2200 rpm||53 °C|
|Scythe Ninja3||17 °C||39 dBA||700 rpm||32 °C||55 dBA||1800 rpm||57 °C|
|Corsair A50||18 °C||52 dBA||1900 rpm||33 °C||52 dBA||1900 rpm||60 °C|
|Thermaltake Jing||18 °C||44 dBA||850/1150 rpm||34 °C||49 dBA||1300 rpm||60 °C|
In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.
The main features of the Thermaltake Jing CPU cooler include:
* Researched at Amazon.com on the day we published this review.
The Thermaltake Jing is a good cooler with great looks. The installation is relatively easy and you can remove the fans (to clean them) every time you want. The only weak point we found is its price tag: there are cheaper coolers on the market with the same performance level.
The Thermaltake Jing is a very well-built, great looking, good performing CPU cooler. Its box says "Silent by Design" and it really impressed us with the beautiful design and the low noise level while keeping a good cooling performance.