Excerpt: Tuniq has finally released the new and improved Tuniq Tower 120, the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme. The coolers may share similar names, but the new extreme doesn't isn't just a younger brother. It sports a new style of aluminum fans, a wider base and a fan controller. It also looks as if Tuniq was aiming to satisfy the Intel Core i5/i7 owners. With this being said, lets take a closer look at the new cooler.
Summary: By simply opening Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme box we were already impressed. We never saw a cooler package where the hardware is beautifully acomodated into a foam-filled box; usually parts are just dropped into a small box.
But this good impression could have quickly gone away if the cooler didn't performed well, but it did not disapointed us, performing as good as some of the best coolers we tested so far.
Summary: While all the coolers perform admirably, with the exception of the stock cooler, the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme CPU Cooler comes out on top. This is ultimate evidence that the Core Contact heat pipe base is doing its job. In fact, it's doing a very good job. That's because the heat pipes literally sit right down top of the CPU, transferring heat away directly from the CPU into the large fins where they can be properly dealt with.
Pros: Superb cooling performance, 5 heat pipe Core Contact, Pre-mounted bracket, Jet black theme, Excellent controllable air movement, Good bang for buck
Cons: Spring loaded thumb screws catch on plate, Not completely tool free
Summary: The Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme had some hurdles to overcome when I started testing it. The apprehension I had about the weight of the cooler was put to rest by the sturdy mounting system,; it really does not seem to stress the motherboard at all like I had feared. The mysterious fan noise that was giving me a world of trouble for the first 10 days has subsided, leaving me to believe that it had something to do with uneven lubrication of the fan bearing that may have worked...
Summary: The Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme CPU Cooler looks fantastic in it's all black theme. It has a quiet blue LED 120mm fan, 5 copper heatpipes, lots of aluminum fins, smooth base and includes TX-3 thermal compound. It also fits all current Intel and AMD motherboards.
Conclusion: It’s difficult to place this cooler; on the one hand the performance was in the middle of the pack and able to compete with some big names in the industry but it’s not exactly going to push the boundaries and challenge the Cooler Master’s and Noctua’s. It is however very good noise wise and much more acceptable in comparison to many of the high end designs which tend to utilise powerful and noisy fans.
Conclusion: The Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme CPU cooler makes the difference with its very interesting design, with a pre-installed 120mm fan embedded into the fins and its impressive dimensions. First of all, its retail package is full and includes mounting mechanisms for both Intel/AMD sockets for greater flexibility and compatibility. The bundled fan controller is also very useful allowing you to adjust the cooler's R. P.M.
Cons: Cannot be upgraded with a second fan like other differently designed coolers, High noise levels when fan is operating at full R. P.M.