Tuniq Tower Extreme


If you have ever gone accessory hunting, you are familiar extensive range of products in the Sunbeamtech portfolio. As some of you may know, Tuniq is a division of Sunbeamtech that was launched to be an R&D arm but had such great designs and thermal engineering that products were released under the Tuniq brand. From the Tuniq line we have the Tower Extreme 120 on the bench for testing thanks to our friends at Frozen CPU. So let’s not waste any time, let’s get to the details already…


When you first get your hands on the Tuniq Tower, you realize just how big the cooler is–you can relate the size to a bus, yes. My first concern is whether the Tuniq will actually fit on the Classified, but everything worked as you will see. The Tower Extreme hides a 120x25mm fan in the center of the cooler under the top plate, remove those 4 screws holding the plate on, and there ya go. The fins on the TE-120 are not just the same aluminum fin stamped out and soldered on, the outside edges of the fins have the have a pattern that is advances roughly 5mm toward the right–hopefully, my photos help here—and that continues for 43 fins total repeating the pattern once it reaches the edge. The fin tower holds 43 0.5mm fins spaced 2mm, with total fin tower height of 102mm Since the 25mm fan sits in the middle of the tower over the heat sink, our total dimensions are 151x131x113mm (HxWxD).

Moving down to the base, we see the heat pipes with black nickel finish and on closer examination, we see different sized pipes. The Tower Extreme sports 3 8mm pipes and 2 6mm pipes, with the larger pipes in the center and outer most positions. The pipes do not just run into a base, we have direct touch from all 5 pipes. With a direct touch heat pipe system, the heat pipes are exposed and have only a layer of TIM in between them and the IHS versus connected to a copper base which makes contact to the IHS (layer of TIM in between obviously). The idea for a direct touch system is to have the heat pipes pull the heat directly off the IHS rather than deal with heat transfer from the copper base to the heat pipes, the heat pipes then wick the heat upwards towards the fin tower to be dissipated by airflow over the fins. Also on the top side of the base is a few extra aluminum fins like an old school heatsink to make use of any extra airflow.

The mount collar comes attached the base and supports Intel LGA775, LGA1156 (slight mod to backplate), LGA1366 and the AMD trio of AM2, AM2+ and AM3. Mounting is rather straight forward using a backplate, screws and small thumbnuts to secure the backplate to the board. Once you have the backplate in place and secured with the thumbnuts, prep the IHS with TIM and set the cooler on the chip while aligning the screws into the appropriate holes. Finish up by threading the springs and thumbnuts on the screws. I recommend an angled screwdriver to get the last couple of turns on the thumbnuts. Now just plug the fan in and you are off. While the mount system is rather primitive, it is straightforward and just simply works. I recommended the angled screwdriver due to the space being so tight, and needle nose pliers would work as well. However, thanks to the fan hiding inside the cooler, we do not have any wire fan clips to fumble with. The mod I mentioned earlier just requires you to drill or dremel out the material between the LGA775 and LGA1366 holes, very easy and the mount plate attached to the base requires no alteration.

  • Socket Compatibility for LGA775, LGA1366, AM2, AM2+ and AM3
  • Three 8mm, Two 6mm black nickel plated heat pipes
  • 120x25mm Stock fan with PCI slot speed control
  • Supports any 120x25mm fan
  • Overall Dimensions: 153x131x113mm (HxWxD)

The Tuniq mount system was a little tricky just due to the immense size of the Tower Extreme, finishing off with the angled screwdriver was the trick though. With the fin thickness and the spacing, I am expecting to see the performance favor high airflow, which does go against the single 120x25mm fan and a potentiometer to dial the fan down. Before we start jumping to conclusions, lets spy on a few shots of the Tuniq Tower Extreme.


Keeping with consistency, there are a few photos that were taken after testing once I released how bad my first attempts at good shots were. The photo of the base was snapped well after testing but did not come polished out of the box and held up very well. Take your time and soak in the photos, Test Methodology and Specification wait on the next page…

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