Remember the legendary Thermalright XP-120? It gained recognition for being one of the first heatsinks to tame the heat from Intel’s notorious Presshot (sorry I meant Prescott) processors. Even though many heatsinks have overtaken it in terms of cooling performance, it still remained as a popular option for HTPCs. Today, Thermalright has released the successor to the XP-120, dubbed the AXP-140. Join VR-Zone in the unboxing of the AXP-140!

Targeted at HTPC users, the AXP-140 stands at just 7cm tall. In fact, you could stuff a system with this cooler mounted into any HTPC case that has just 11cm of height clearance. Although the primary consumer would be HTPC users, enthusiasts running high-end rigs can also use this heatsink for their systems if they prefer down-draft airflow construction.

Unlike tower-styled heatsinks, down-draft airflow helps to cool motherboard components such as the neighbouring northbridge and more importantly, the MOSFETs.


You could install either a 120mm fan, or a 140mm fan on it. Running a bigger fan at lower speed produces the same airflow as a smaller fan at a comparatively slightly higher speed, but doing the former cuts down on noise output.


There are six nickel-plated heatpipes that are soldered to a nickel-plated full copper base for high efficiency heat transfer.


So far, this AXP-140 is only known to support the LGA 775 platform.


Let’s take a look at some heatsink data:

Dimensions – 145 x 147 x 70.2 mm (L x W x H)
Weight – 900g
Heatpipes – 6 nickel-plated
Base – Copper (but nickel-plated)
Fans – 120mm or 140mm

Retail price is estimated to be about US$59.