Review: Thermalright Assassin X 120 R SE

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Thermalright Assassin X 120 R SE
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CPU Cooler Details:
Metric Value
Brand Thermalright
Cooler Name Assassin X 120 R SE
Fan 1 Name TL-C12C 120mm Fan
Stated dBa 25.6
Number of Heat Pipes 4
Full Size (WxHxD): 120x148x46 mm
Radiator (WxHxD) 120x100x21 mm
Air Cooler Rating: Install 7 (Easy)
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Fan Details for CPU Cooler:
Metric Fan 1
Fan Name TL-C12C 120mm Fan
Fan Location Front
Fan Flow Type Push
CPU Only Fan No
Max RPM 1550
Fan Size (mm) 120
Fan Width (mm) 25
Manufacture Rated dBa 25.6
Manufactured Rated Airflow (cmf) 66.2
Manufactured Rated Air Pressure (h2o) 1.5
Number Of Pins 4
PWM Fan Yes
Bearing Type Fluid Dynamic
Watts (W) 2.40
Current (A) 0.20
Max Volts 12.00

Design and Aesthetics:

Despite its budget-friendly nature, this cooler impresses with a surprisingly refined and visually appealing design that seamlessly blends aesthetics into any PC setup. It serves as an excellent and stylish choice for maintaining optimal CPU temperatures, transcending budget constraints.

Install Notes:

This cooler employs a conventional installation process commonly found in mainstream air coolers, utilizing a pair of brackets for connection, first to the motherboard and then to the cooler. Thanks to its compact size, it easily slots into place with minimal fuss.

Cooling Performance:

With its combination of four heat pipes and a solitary fan, this cooler effectively provides robust cooling capabilities. Although it may not match the extreme heat dissipation of dual heatsink coolers, it remains a top-notch option for those seeking efficient cooling solutions within the realms of low to moderate thermal demands.

Noise Performance:

Fitted with a four heat pipes and a single fan, this cooler brings forth considerable cooling for its size. Although it may not compete with dual heatsink coolers regarding handling extreme cooling needs, it remains a standout selection for those whose cooling needs fall within the spectrum of low to moderate demands.


The Thermalright Assassin X 120 R SE offers an easy installation process with brackets securing it to the CPU backplate. This cooler has a visually appealing design despite its budget-friendly nature. Equipped with four heat pipes and a single fan, it provides strong cooling performance, making it a solid choice for those with moderate cooling needs.

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CPU Details:
Metric Value
Brand AMD
Cooler Name Ryzen 7 5800X
CPU Socket AM4
Cores 8
Thread Count 16
Max Temperature 90°C
Base Clock 3.8GHz
Max Boost Clock 4.7GHz
Cache L1
Cache L2 4MB
Cache L3 32MB
Processor Power Base 105W
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