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AceCombat
post Sep 27 2009, 08:32 PM, updated 8y ago


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Tuniq was formed as a division of Sunbeamtech and took on a whole new direction in product designs. We at Tuniq aim to provide authentic performance through a minimalist approach by stripping down the unnecessary components in product designs. Our research and development team consists of members who have over a decade of experience as well as young designers who are able to think outside of the box. It is this unique merge of experience and fresh ideas that enables us to bring to our customers such exquisite, elegant, top-quality products.
We feel that product design should be Zen-like: simple, functional, harmonious and without frails. Each product from Tuniq aims to combine the virtues of high performance, elegant design, and extraordinary value. When handling a Tuniq product, you will appreciate its impeccable finish and will be pleasantly amazed by its quality and performance.
With the multitude of awards and acclaims that each of our products has received, we have proven that our vision and approach is the right one and we will continue to provide our valued customers with new and better products.

Overview of Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
The performance king has returned! The much praised Tuniq Tower 120 has gone through a radical redesign and not only looks cooler but its performance has been boosted. The unique wave-like fins display a tremendous visual impact and increase the air-contact area for an unprecedented thermal performance. The nickel-plated surface combined with the LED fan creates a breath taking visual effect!
To ensure that the maximum cooling performance is obtained, we have also included our highest performing thermal compound, the TX-3. Furthermore, our unique adjustable fan controller places the control in your hands!

Features of Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme
1. Core-Contact Technology
2. Silent 120mm MFDB Fan (Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing)
3. 3 PCS High Performance 8mm and 2PCS High Performance 6mm U-shaped Heatpipes
4. TX-3 Thermal Grease Included (0.33ml/1g)
5. Ultra-Silent Low-Noise Level (16db)
6. High performance
7. Fan controller included
8. Easy Installation Design

Specifications of Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme:
Tower 120 Extreme Specifications
Dimensions(mm):
131(L) × 112.31(W) × 150.7(H)
Weight:
775g (without fan)
Heatpipe:
Ø 8mm x 3 + Ø 6mm x 2

TX-3 Specifications:
Appearance:
Grey
Viscosity:
83500 cP
Thermal conductivity:
6.2 W/mK
Operating temperature:
-45°C ~ 200°C
Specific Gravity:
3.011 @ 25℃
Volume:
0.33ml (1g)

MFDB fan Specifications:
Bearing Type:
Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Rated Voltage:
12V DC
Rated Current:
0.16A (Max)
Air Flow:
90.65 CFM (Max)
Noise:
16~20 +/- 10%dBA
Speed:
1000~2000 RPM
Life:
50,000 hours
Thermal Resistance:
0.092 (℃ / W)

Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Compatibility List


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This post has been edited by AceCombat: Sep 28 2009, 06:49 PM
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post Sep 27 2009, 08:32 PM


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Firstly, I would like to make an announcement, which is, sorry for the not-so-clear pictures because I don't have a high end camera with me (abang goldfries didn't sponsor me cry.gif ) , so I hope that you guys don't mind about this alright?

Now, let's take a look on Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme.
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The box is quite big for a heat sink fan, and Tuniq printed out all the specification and features on the box for easier reference.

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Once the box is opened, there's one big black thick box to be taken out, this is where the monster located.

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The black box contains the Tuniq Tower Extreme, an accessories box, and a user manual, quite standard.

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These are the accessories given by Tuniq
1 x T120-02 Backplate
2 x T120-03 fittings for AM3/ AM2+/ AM2
4 x T120-04 Spring screw caps
4 x T120-05 screws for AM3/ AM2+/ AM2
4 x T120-06 screw caps for Intel
4 x T120-07 screw caps for AMD
4 x T120-08 screws
4 x T120-09 washers for aMD
1 x T120-11 TX-3 Thermal Grease
1 x T120-12 Fan controller
1 x T120-13 Fan controller mounting screw
4 x T120-14 washers for fan

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The user manual is color-printed, and the explanation is 10/10

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The Tuniq Tower120 Extreme is very well protected from the box, no wory on shipping mishandling, even the base of the cooler is protect from scratches.

It's time to loosen the monster brows.gif


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This post has been edited by AceCombat: Sep 28 2009, 02:39 PM
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post Sep 27 2009, 08:33 PM


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Now,let's move on to the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme itself,

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As usual, old Tuniq Tower and new Tuniq Tower, both are bulky like potato, but this is one big black heavy potato!!!

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The famous flame look-a-like design from the old Tuniq Tower 120

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The closer look on the fin, stacking design.

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On top of the cooler, it shows "Tuniq"

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Taken from the old Tuniq Tower 120, not much changing form here.

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The contact surface fo the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme, it has 5 heatpipes, 3 of them are 8mm while 2 of them are 6mm, the heatpipes are coated until the surface area, which is a nice finishing.

Next, I'll take off the fan and do some measurement about precision smile.gif
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After taking out the fan by removing the 4 screws at each corners, you can see that there's only 25mm profile fan can be replaced, those 38mm industrial grade fan are not allowed to fit in.

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The finishing of the heatpipes on top, 8mm-6mm-8mm-6mm-8mm.

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I found out that the fins are not soldered on top the heat sink, so i took off the first fin and the second fin to make measurement, the first fin has the thickness reading of 0.46mm while the second fin has the thickness reading of 0.45mm, well, it's quite good in quality control.

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And I've measured the diameter of the heatpipes too, the 8mm heatpipes I've the reading of 7.90mm while the 6mm heatpipes I've the reading of 5.96mm.







Let's move on to the next step...........


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By taking out the fan screw, you can remove the fan from the heat sink and replace any fan as long as it's 25mm profile fan, the stock MFDB fan has the following specification:
MFDB fan Specifications:
Bearing Type:
Magnetic Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Rated Voltage:
12V DC
Rated Current:
0.16A (Max)
Air Flow:
90.65 CFM (Max)
Noise:
16~20 +/- 10%dBA
Speed:
1000~2000 RPM
Life:
50,000 hours
Thermal Resistance:
0.092 (℃ / W)

But personally, I dont think a 0.16A LED Fan has 90CFM in full speed, as for noise, I don't know how silent is a 20dBA rated noise, and I don't have the equipment to test too, the fan has 2000RPM speed and BIOS is showing 2065RPM maximum so it's correct.

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Made in China thumbup.gif I've tried to find more information about this fan by Google the part number AGA12025F012 but sadly, no result is returned. But I assume that AGA is model series, while 120 is the size and 25F is the profile, butI've no idea with 012 at the back.

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Now this is the interesting part, Tuniq designed a spacer for the Tower 120 Extreme, in case the fan touches peripherals while installing, you can use the spacer for the fan ( part number T120-14 ) to adjust the height so that the heat sink has good compatibilities, all you have to do is just few simple steps.
1. Unscrew the fan's screw
2. Take out the fan's mounting
3. Sticker spacer for the an upon the original washers
4. Replace the mounting in its original location.
5. Screw back on the screw of the fan.
6. Voila rclxms.gif

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Overall of the fan and mounting, I found out that Tuniq only put 4 screws ( two on each direction ) to secure the fan instead of 8 screws, it's kinda funny to see that but 4 screws with 2 on each direction is enough to secure a fan.




It's time to move on to the installation of this monster.

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This post has been edited by AceCombat: Sep 28 2009, 02:50 PM
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It's time to install the monster into the tesbed, I can't wait for this moment anymore......
To install the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme, you need to use the provided backplate to secure the heat sink, if this cooler is pushpin designed, I don't think i will install onto my mobo, it's killing...

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This is the backplate, ( sorry, I forgot to turn off the flash of the camera tongue.gif ),
Installation is very simple, just follow these steps:
1. Insert the four screws ( T120-08 ) from the back of the Backplate and secure with the four screw caps ( T120-06 ).
2. Insert the four washer ( T120-09 ) and install onto the motherboard from the back side.
3. Squeeze about 0.1ml of thermal compound onto the surface of the CPU by pressing on the end of the syringe
4. Remove the protective film from the bottom of the cooler.
5. Install the cooler onto the motherboard and secure with the four screw caps.
6. Voila

It's easy right? But it was a nightmare if you want to install the cooler within the case without removing your motherboard,let's talk about this later.

Pictures of completed installation into the testbed. ( Install without taking off the whole rig, I've chosen nightmare. )
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I've to remove the ram in order to screw the bottom right corner.

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Not a problem for high profile memory

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A monster ( matchbox, potato, or brick? ) inside the testbed and ready to roll.

Challengers:
Thermolab Baram ( Push and Pull with Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Full Speed )----------------------------------------AceCombat's
Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme Black ( Push and Pull with Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Full Speed )----------------- wxtye's
Prolimatech MegaShadow Deluxe ( Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Full Speed ) --------------------------------------------wormy1034's
Sunbeamtech Core Contact Freezer ( Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Full Speed )------------------------------------------Friend's
Xigmatek S1283 Dark Knight ( Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Full Speed ) -------------------------------------------------shawnlut's
Thermaltake MaxOrb ( Stock fan full speed ) ------------------------------------------------------------------------Loan unit from company
Aerocool Iceland ( Push and Pull with Xigmatek XLF-F1253 Full Speed )-------------------------------------------Friend's

And I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all my friends ( some of them are forumer) to loan me their heat sink, sorry to trouble you guys to take it off from your running rig tongue.gif I'm giving back tonight rclxms.gif


Testbed:
To be fair to all other coolers, I've decided to use Arctic Cooling MX-2 as the thermal compound for all test, and Artic Cleaner will be used for full cleaning.
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9650 VID 1.11v
DFI LanParty UT X48 T2R Flame Freezer Equipped
Patriot Viper Extreme 2x1GB 1066MHz 5-5-5-15 2T
XFX nVidia GeForce GTX275
In Win Commander 1200W DPC
Western Digital 640GB AAKS RAID 0
Cooler Master HAF932 ( front and side intake disabled , only exhaust at the back, roof exhaust disabled. )
Creative X-Fi Titanium Professional Audio Edition

Softwares:
OCCT v3.1.0
Real Temp 3.00
Core Temp 0.99.5

Testing method:
1. No thermalpaste cure in time is given, plug and play concept
2. OCCT run 1 hour per test, each test will be run twice, average reading will be taken. ( 3.0GHz load for twice, 3.825GHz load for twice )
3. Testbed will be turn off for 15 minutes with stand fan blowing in for perfect cooling before the next test proceed. ( Take the reading for idle )
4. 3.0GHz idle and load tempearature will be taken, proceed to method (3. ) then using the same thermalpaste to run 3.825GHz idle and load temperature. ( OC profile saved )
5. Temperature is recorded based on RealTemp minimum and maximum reading.
6. Case closed reading, room has no fan,windows closed, 200% sauna condition, ambient temperature expected to be 32℃

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Picture of the cooler is powered on.

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Picture of the cooler is powered on.




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Result result result............................. rclxm9.gif

Well, before i post the result, let's see how well the Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme surface contact, I didn't spread out the Arctic Cooling MX-2 and I just put a drop at the middle of the processor and this is what I got after taking out the cooler from the testbed.
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Look at that! It's simply amazing for the contact performance, it's evenly spread through the whole processor, only the bottom left of the processor ( next picture ) is not contacted, just a little bit.
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But with just the pressure applied onto the heat sink when I tighten up the screw, it's already good enough for this 775 processor, if the testbed is an i7 processor, I believe that it cna spread evenly onto the whole surface of the processor since i7 is bigger in size.

Too bad some of the coolers that I taken has no LGA1366 backplate or mounting, therefore, I cannot make a review on an i7 processor..........
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Anyway, this is the most important moment in this review.......
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Overall

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3.0GHz Result

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3.825GHz Result


The result is arranged from best to worst thumbup.gif
So far, this cooler is amazing, by replacing a high cfm fan, I expect to have even better result, installation in case is nightmare, the mounting is hard to reach, but it worths what we've gone through so far, this is one ass-kicking cooler and definitely a good buy, a must for air cooling overclockers.

Pros:
1: Superb cooling performance ( It pawned TRUE Black rclxs0.gif )
2: Spacer is included in case the cooler is blocked with some hardwares
3: RM219 is consider cheap for this kind of performance
4: Wide compatibility for motherboard
5: MFDB fan is real silent
6: Fan controller and small TX-3 are given
7: Excellent built quality and quality control
8: Simple installation steps

Cons:
1: Installation inside casing is almost impossible unless you have a slim and sexy hand like Ace meimei.
2: MFDB fan is bullshit in 90CFM rating.
3: Heavy and bulky
4: Outter box is too thin, it's torn when I drag it from top doh.gif

Overall, I rated this cooler 9.5 / 10 and it's definitely an overclocker's need. rclxm9.gif rclxms.gif

Special thanks to:
ckhoong ( who send me the review unit, thanks again for trusting Ace meimei thumbup.gif )
ktek ( who's with me for the whole review and helping me all the times notworthy.gif )
wxtye ( owner of the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme )
shawnlut ( owner of the Xigmatek S1283 Dark Knight )
wormy1034 ( owner of Prolimatech MegaShadow Deluxe )

Where to find this cooler in Malaysia?
The answer is here:
http://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopic=1172036&hl=
Forumer ckhoong is a trustable seller and a good friend of mine, he has very good after sales service too brows.gif
Nego, grab it, install, rock and roll !!!111!!!11!11

I iz enjoice thumbup.gif



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This post has been edited by AceCombat: Sep 28 2009, 03:03 PM
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post Sep 27 2009, 08:43 PM

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i guess its mega shadow teh champions.
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Megashadow > TRUE > Tuniq?
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huhuhuhu cant wait liao! tongue.gif
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@Ace meimei
Faster ler. My bet would be the Tuniq. As u put the title under the cooler name. laugh.gif

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Today is almost up! Review leh...?
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Hmm.. it seem our goldfries already made a review on Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme.

sos:http://www.goldfries.com/hardware-reviews/...-cooler-review/

Anyway, I would like to see the review from yours... nod.gif

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I expect this Tuniq+1fan lost to TRUE+2fan by 1-2C.
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love megashadow design..but i bet Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme Edition will win in performance...
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as TR fanboy, i still using the TRUE... no matter what... doh.gif laugh.gif
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Be patient, i taking longer time just to make a better reading review to all of you here rclxms.gif
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QUOTE(apis_jay @ Sep 27 2009, 11:18 PM)
Hmm.. it seem our goldfries already made a review on Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme.

sos:http://www.goldfries.com/hardware-reviews/...-cooler-review/

Anyway, I would like to see the review from yours...  nod.gif
thanks. smile.gif i have limited stuff and time la.

i don't know about ace upcoming article but if you notice mine is on my thoughts as a user but having only CCF92 as comparison (CCF went travelling some where..........may not come back).

remember that ace punya article would be a SHOOT OUT! biggrin.gif it's going to take MUCH longer time to test out. i would've done that but i don't have those other sinki-haba.


Added on September 28, 2009, 4:04 am
QUOTE(-pWs- @ Sep 27 2009, 11:06 PM)
@Ace meimei
Faster ler. My bet would be the Tuniq. As u put the title under the cooler name. laugh.gif

-pWs-
not necessarily mah, the star of the show BUT not necessarily the winner.

i'm expecting it to be a very close fight. biggrin.gif

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