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The heat pipes are fitted into an aluminum base. There is only 1 millimeter between the centermost pipes whereas the outermost ones are almost 2 millimeters apart from the central ones.

The different distance between the heat pipes can hardly have a positive effect on the cooler's performance but that's a problem with any direct-touch cooler (however, products with no gaps between heat pipes are expected to arrive soon).

The cooler’s sole is flat and properly finished.


The heatsink fins form a wavy profile on the input side of the heatsink, but this is not as conspicuous as with the baram2010.

The photo also shows silicone pins for attaching a 130x25mm fan.

Judging by the sticker on the fan’s motor, it is manufactured by ADDA (the AR1212LX-A9BGL model). Its speed is PWM-controlled within two ranges: 600 to 1800 RPM or (if you use the included resistor cable) 600 to 1200 RPM. The bottom noise level is specified to be 16 dBA in both cases. The maximum noise is 24 and 32 dBA at 1200 and 1800 RPM, respectively. The air flow and the service life of the fluid dynamic bearing are not indicated in the cooler specs.

The Trinity is quite effective at cooling the mainboard’s power components in the CPU socket area thanks to itslarge fan positioned low on the heatsink.

There is a video clip from ThermoLab that illustrates the movement of air in the bottom part of the cooler.

The Trinity is a versatile device compatible with Intel’s LGA775/1155/1156/1366 platforms as well as with AMD’s Socket AM2(+)/AM3. The fastening system hasn't changed since the baram2010. The cooler is secured on a CPU by means of a back-plate, steel fasteners, bushings with spacers and thumbnuts.

The pressure isn’t high, but ThermoLab considers it to be sufficient to ensure effective heat transfer between the CPU and the cooler’s heat pipes.

We tried two orientation variants with our Trinity: 1) the air flow goes towards the back panel of the system case and the heat pipes lie along the CPU's heat-spreader and 2) the air flow goes towards the top panel of the case and the heat pipes lie across the heat-spreader.


The second variant turned out to be better than the first one, each of the CPU cores being 4°C lower. If the Trinity's sole were not flat or deformed when installed on the CPU, we might suppose that the bulging cap of our LGA1366 processor was just a better match for it. However, the cooler's sole is actually flat and did not deform (the fastening mechanism isn’t that strong), so the difference in temperature must be due to the different position of the heat pipes relative to the die of our six-core CPU. This can be expected with direct-touch coolers, so you should check out different orientation variants with them. Coolers with a classic base do not usually show any variation in their performance depending on the orientation, the above-discussed Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600 being a good example of that.

Finally, here is a photo of the heatsinks of the following coolers: Deep Cool Ice Matrix 600, ThermoLab Trinity and Thermalright Archon.

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