Akasa Revo Thermaldynamic CPU Cooler

Introduction, Packaging, Package & Specification

Introduction

Akasa are an old hand when it comes to CPU cooling. With a large range of coolers on the market and a reputation for cheap, quiet and efficient coolers they are quite often first choice for those wanting quiet computing at a good price point.

Today we're taking a look at the Akasa Revo Thermaldynamic Cooler from Akasa. With a press release mentioning the terms "CPU Cooler" and "bubble pump" we just had to take a look.


The Technology - in brief

Rather than just re-hash Akasa's press release I'll give you my own thoughts on what Akasa have said about their cooler.

Basically the cooler has a liquid coolant that runs from a small chamber in the case of the cooler next to the CPU cooler and up into a small reservoir at one side of the radiator. This then goes through an "up-pipe" as Akasa put it (heat pipe) and into the radiator. Akasa then say that the "specially designed dual-component liquid-coolant acts as a bubble-pump" and forces heat along the radiator. Hmm, well to me that sounds like the heat moves through the radiator by convection, aided by heat bubbles in the system. At this point the radiator and fan cool the liquid through heat dissipation on a large surface area (just like a water-cooling rad) and the cold air travels through the "down pipe" back into the reservoir.

akasa revo press release
Akasa Revo technology in pictures

The air from the fan is also ducted around the CPU area cooling other components like the motherboard/chipset etc.

Now most heatpipe coolers have an array of anything from 2 to 8 heatpipes to cool down todays egg-fryers, but the Revo only has one, interesting.

Additional Answer from Akasa

Akasa have said that the Bubble pump technology is a lot more like a water cooling loop than a heatpipe cool. With the Radiator on the cooler I am in partial agreement. However, as you will see later Akasa have yet to achieve the results that watercooling gets.

Moving on...

Packaging

The packaging for the Revo is pretty attractive and shows a pretty industrial looking heatsink on the front with a nice blue Akasa fan on it. Plenty of information abounds on the box so you're good to go there.

akasa revo box

akasa revo cooler box

RoHS compliancy is certified for this cooler as it should be.

box inside 1

cooler inside box 2

The inside of the box is well packed and shows off the unit when you first see it. No complaints here on packaging then.

Package

The package with the cooler is a standard affair, albeit a little more tough looking than most.

It contains:

* 1 x Instruction manual
* 1 x Intel LGA 775 adapter
* 1 x AMD 939/940/AM2 adapter
* Akasa thermal paste

akasa revo bundle

Everything you need to get you going is included, remember that the fan is already actually on the cooler so no need to buy one.

Specification

Taken from Akasa's website:

AMD Socket 939 / AM2
INTEL LGA 775
Cooler dimension 132 x 90 x 138mm (W, D, H)
Cooler material Aluminium
Fan dimension 92 x 92 x 25mm
Fan speed 600 - 2200 R.P.M.
Fan connector 4-pin (PWM)
Fan airflow 11.44 - 41.96CFM
Fan air pressure 0.85 - 3.13 mm H20
Fan life expectancy 45000/hrs
Bearing type Ball bearing
Voltage rating 12V
Noise level 17 – 26 dB(A)
Weight 330g
Product code AK-925

So the specs look OK, let's see what the thing looks like.
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Most Recent Comments

12-10-2007, 14:50:02

FarFarAway
We take a look at Akasa's new cooler: the "Revo". With some new technology on show and promise of good performance, let's see how it does.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...225229734s.jpg

Check the review here

12-10-2007, 15:41:32

Brooksie
Looks sexy 30 bit OTT though, since you can get a Freezer pro for about 15 and that does just fine.

12-10-2007, 15:52:52

Mr. Smith
For 40 I would NOT buy that cooler, 120 ultra ftw!

12-10-2007, 15:53:41

FarFarAway
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Brooksie'
Looks sexy 30 bit OTT though, since you can get a Freezer pro for about 15 and that does just fine.
Indeed, though the price is as below, $40

Quote:
Originally Posted by name='Mr. Smith'
For 40 I would NOT buy that cooler, 120 ultra ftw!
Just what I thought, but it is new technology and R&D costs 's

12-10-2007, 16:01:33

Rastalovich
Ah well.

It has to be said, I started reading the review (excellent again btw) with a pretty optimistic slant - especially with the idea of the tech involved.

To be fair, it looks an equiv cooler of a stock Intel (give or take minimal temps), but quieter. That in mind, the price is OTT imo.

Agree with the conclusion tbh. (however personally disappointed a bit)

16-10-2007, 16:48:06

FarFarAway
Please note that I have now added a note from Adrian Young, Akasa's marketing director

18-11-2007, 13:44:02

maverik-sg1
What would be OC3D A-List of air coolers and other such products?

Do you have an A-List? If Not would be a worthy addition me thinks.

18-11-2007, 13:45:57

FarFarAway
Hmm might be an idea actually mate. I might see what I can do about gettign some "top10's" from what we've done

18-11-2007, 14:05:09

mrapoc
omg why hadnt i thought of that lol

would be helpful to have a table - with a sort function (sort value for money, performance and looks (or whatever the scoring goes by) also sort by overall score)

ace idea!

19-11-2007, 00:32:07

PV5150
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='maverik-sg1'
What would be OC3D A-List of air coolers and other such products?

Do you have an A-List? If Not would be a worthy addition me thinks.
That is a very good idea and one that I have been meaning to get actioned for a while now. However, once I get through this backlog of reviews I'll get started on it.

07-04-2008, 11:52:47

dil999
Hi. New to the forums. Just purchased one of these and was getting similar performance to the stock cooler. I did a google (next time I'll do it before I buy) and found you guys.

I tried adding a 4000rpm fan to improve things, but I just dropped the temp by a further 1 degree. Very disappointing product for the price.

I am now in the market for a new cooler, this time I'll do some research.

07-04-2008, 14:03:33

FarFarAway
Agreed it's costly for the price, although I did get better performance than the stock cooler

Awesome mounting system though in fairness

07-04-2008, 16:21:33

dil999
And exceptionally light. Should be easy enough to remove
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