The Cogage True Spirit is almost identical to the revered Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme, with a few small changes. The nickel plating gets booted for cost cutting and while the fan looks a bit flashier than the Thermaltake, it is not as quiet.
The mounting system is nearly identical to that used by the Ultra-120 eXtreme and consists of a retention clip which bolts onto a backing plate using four spring-loaded screws. This method of attachment works well but it does require a good deal of force to get the screws in, which may frighten unseasoned enthusiasts. To further cut costs the True Spirit either ships with a LGA 1366 or LGA 775 mounting kit which is frustrating, since upgrading to a new motherboard will require the ordering of a new mounting assembly. Another notable absence is the lack of compatible kits for the Intel LGA 1156, AMD AM2 and AM3 sockets. These can be purchased separately which is annoying for those users who have adopted platforms based on these sockets.
The Cogage True Spirit kept a Core i7 975’s cores at a reasonable 36.25°C. The average temperature of all the cores stayed almost level at 72.5°C for the full hour and when the test ended, the True Spirit was able to bring the silicon down to the idle temp within a few minutes. This level of performance is made even more impressive when the R350 price tag is considered. One would be hard pressed to warrant the spending of R400 more on the Venom X just to shave off 5°C. The Cogage True Spirit is by far the best cooler in its price range.