Overclocking On Air: 10 LGA 1156-Compatible Performance Coolers

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme

While our experience with the Tuniq brand is extremely limited, a quick look at the design elements of Tuniq's $60 Tower 120 Extreme back up its claims of design innovation.

To begin with, the Tower 120 Extreme is the first cooler in today’s comparison that uses fully-enclosed sides, something that’s critical in a pull fan arrangement, but still helpful with push fans. The Tower 120 Extreme is both, since its fan is located internally between two sink halves. By placing it in the center, Tuniq protects the LED fan from damage while creating a unique look as light escapes from between and under the sink’s fins.

A built-on bracket supports both AMD and Intel processors, including Socket 939, AM2, AM2+, and AM3 and LGA 775, 1156, and 1366. AMD adapter brackets and an Intel LGA support plate complete the installation kit.

Tuniq is one of several manufacturers to use direct-touch heat pipes to reduce latent heat and cooler weight. A finely sanded finish maintains excellent flatness for improved CPU contact, although grooves along each heat pipe’s edge slightly reduce the contact area.

LGA 1156 and 1366 installation begins by installing screws and nuts onto the support plate to create threaded studs that slip through the motherboard’s mounting holes. Spring-loaded nuts then secure the cooler against the CPU. The support plate must be added to the motherboard prior to fitting the motherboard inside cases, although the cooler itself can be installed and removed from inside any case that’s large enough to allow access to the cooler’s hold-down nuts.

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  • mi1ez
    Is the Titan Fenrir unavailable in the US, or is it just ignored...
  • jimishtar
    i have the mugen 2 coolin my q9400 @ 3,2 GHz at auto voltage. temps are ~40 idle, ~62 load, but watch out - its PASSIVE, honey ! no fans on it, its sheer size is taking all the heat away, although the case is HAF 932.
  • redkachina
    Sunbeam core contact freezer includes 1156 bracket? I've been trying to find those adapter for some time-even tried emailing Sunbeam's tech support.. and now it showed up in Tom's.. anyone have any links of online retailers selling em'??
  • Silvune
    Very useful article.
  • frankgl
    I use a Cooler Master Hyper TX3, which keeps my CoreI5 750 at 29-32 degrees C. It is not overclocked, but it certainly leaves a lot of room with temps that low.
  • brianthesnail
    great review...i have the freezer 7 pro(lga775) cooling my pentium D 915( oc to 3.2ghz) and it does a sterling job keeping the cpu,s idle temp at just 29°C...rising to 47°C(max)at full load..
    i was looking at the corsair H50 however why fix it when its not broken....
    that said i would choose the Scythe Mugen-2 if i had to replace the freezer 7 pro.....
    good article !
  • Anonymous
    Since I hear nothing but good things about the Titan Fenrir I am a little disappointed to not see it in this test...
  • Anonymous
    why dont they have the prolimatech mega shadow in there?

    i5 750 @ 3.6ghz @ 26 degrees in my pc best cooler available imo for 1156
  • abhi_jollyguy
    Well, It's a very nice review. As we all knows that Noctua NH-D14 beats Prolimatech Megahalem by near about 2-4 degree C so may be that is why they have not included Megahalem in this test but overall a very nice review and from this review I have decided to buy Scythe Mugen 2 Revision B.
  • thelivingflesh
    the freezer 7 looks neat with the white fan specially if you have the accellero xxx edition of inno3d graphic cards!
  • bateman82
    I have bought this one and are getting it tomorrow. Will be interesting to see the temp after installing Scythe mugen because now I have a some piece of shit to cooler and fan that keeps my 2,8 ghz processor at a 80 temp when full process and around 60~ in idle.. Plus it sounds like an airplane when the fan is on :P So this will be interesting and appreciated with a new cooler. Nice review!
  • olivierhacking
    im not sure if I should get the hyper 212 plus or scythe mugen 2 rev b. the scythe costs me 50 euro and the hyper 212 plus just 30 euro. Is the scythe worth the almost double price? I am planning to overclock my i7 860 to 3.8ghz. And I am fine with cpu temperatures which are not above 70 C
  • Anonymous
    great review, thanks. which PWM fan did you use to replace the thermalright one?
  • niko935
    noctua is one best cooler
    watch my noctua