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Thermalright Inc. is a Taiwan-based company headquartered in Taipei, established in 2001.
Its products include aftermarket heat sinks for desktop computers, mouse and iPhone cases. It also produces components for other manufacturers, including AMD and Intel. Thermalright products are primarily marketed towards gamers and enthusiasts who commonly overclock different parts of their computer which can generate large amounts of heat.
Since the release of AMD's Thunderbird CPU in 2002, Thermalright has been making high-performance heat sinks, not only for AMD processors, but Intel as well. Their current product line includes heatsinks for CPUs, GPUs, RAM, and Motherboard components. Thermalright's primary focus is fanless heatsinks which can be used passively, making quiet computers; however many enthusiasts choose to use the heat sinks with a fan for better heat dissipation.
In the year of 2012, Thermalright established the Leetgion brand, starting to extend its business to peripheral and game related products. At the same time, Thermalright set its oversea branch, 索魔乐 in Shanghai, China.
- CPU heat sinks
- VGA heat sinks
- Chipset heat sinks
- MOSFET heat sinks
- Memory heat sinks
- Cooling fans
- Other small accessories
- 2001: SK6
The SK-6 was Thermalright's first heatsink, sold as a standalone product with clips for users' fans (up to 80mm) instead of as an HSF (heatsink-fan) combo. Apart from being the first heatsink to offer a custom fan mounting system, it was also the first to be manufactured in 100% fin-tube copper instead of the die-cast aluminum that was common in the day. With copper having significantly superior thermal conductivity properties to aluminum, the product caught on with enthusiasts and spurred a new era of copper-based cooling.
- Feb. 2002: AX7
AX-7 is the second heat sink by Thermalright. With the size of 70mm and soldered by copper and aluminum, AX-7 is different from the mainstream of 60mm fan and heat sink at that time.
- Dec. 2002: SLK800
SLK800 is covered and piled by fin-tube copper as well as SK-6. With the size of 80mm and weight of 400g, SLK800 was kept an eye on its thickness of 38mm fix fan.
- 2003: SP94
SP94 is the first heat sink manufacturing with the heat pipe as a medium of thermal conductivity. With the size of 90mm and capability to fix 80mm fan, SP94 is undoubtedly a cutting edge heat sink at that time. SP series have two kinds of product collocating different CPU.
- 2004: XP120
The XP120 was the first heatsink to support a 120mm fan, and violated many motherboards' Keep-Out Zones (perimeter of a certain size set around the CPU die, in which no components above a certain height can be placed). Slowly the Keep-Out Zone standard began to be updated, and bigger coolers like the XP120 proliferated.
- 2005: Ultra120
AS the trend of overclocking becomes a global phenomenon and niche market, the design of heat sinks transformed from horizontal cooler to tower cooler. Ultra120, with the size of 160mm, is the first tower cooler by Thermalright. Even today, the computer case manufacturers set the height of widely used 160mm of tower cooler as the design standard.
- 2005: HR-01
The HR-01 was developed to satisfy the market segment that demanded complete silence, and it did so by being capable of operating without a fan while still offering fan ducts for attachment. In this way Thermalright was able to satisfy 2 segments of the market in one go by allowing the silence enthusiasts to run the cooler as boxed and allowing the performance enthusiasts to attach a fan for maximum cooling potential.
- 2006 Ultra120 extreme
Ultra120 extreme (also called U120E) has six thermal conductors. From the appearance, we can tell Ultra120E is an updated version of old heatsink. However, not only is it a brand new one, but also, from the efficiency test report issued by Anandtech, the efficiency of U120E was proved to be a better version. Thermalright then declared that the copper-base heatsink is manufactured with protruding face, not flat one, which is different from the concept of thermal conduct as convention would have it. Afterwards, Thermalright manufactured the Ultra120E heatsink with protruding face, fascinating other heatsink manufacturers following with this concept.
- 2010: HR-02
HR-02 is another product designed for the need of mute cooler in demand by Thermalright. The combination of fin-tube and thermal conductor is not centered and symmetrical. If HR-02 is installed in the case, the system fan is close to heat sink itself enough to fulfill the need of passive heat sink passively.