I think it would be difficult to accuse Thermalright Inc. of being slow to the market with new cooling solutions. Strange as it might seem, but we should actually blame their competitors, who only last year managed to introduce products with similar or slightly better cooling efficiency than the solutions from Thermalright, which have been in the market since 2006-2007. The leadership of Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme was undeniable and indisputable until solutions like Scythe Mugen 2, ThermoLab BARAM or Prolimathech Megahalems came out, and Thermalright IFX-14 managed to keep the performance crown until the end of 2009. That could be the reason why the company didn’t pay too much attention to developing new cooling systems: they had stable revenue coming in anyway.
However, everything comes to an end one day. And so did the sole leadership of Thermalright coolers. Noctua NH-D14 and Cogage Arrow came out and appeared more efficient than Thermalright IFX-14. As for Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme, its position has been threatened by at least a dozen cooling solutions from different makers over the past year. Unwilling to put up with this situation, Thermalright undertook a counterattack starting with the launch of the recently reviewed new revision of Ultra-120 eXTreme. The second cooler that should help Thermalright get their leadership back is the main hero of our today’s article – Venomous X. The company is also rumored to be working on a new successor to their IFX-14, but that will be a different story. In the meanwhile, let’s see what the new Venomous X looks like.
Package and Accessories
The new cooler comes in a compact cardboard box colored mostly black:
Now Thermalright packaging looks much more interesting than the brown boxes they used to have, although there is still very little information on the packaging. Inside this box we find another one, a small flat box with accessories. The heatsink sits inside a polyurethane foam casing beneath the accessories box:
Like most coolers from this manufacturer, Thermalright Venomous X ships without a fan, but all the other accessories are in place:
Among them we get retention kit for LGA775/1156/1366 mainboards, installation instructions, four wire clips and four silicone strips for the fans, Thermalright The ChillFactor 2 thermal paste and a company logo sticker.
Venomous X is made in Taiwan and its MSRP is set at $65.