Akasa Revo Thermaldynamic CPU Cooler

Test Setup and Testing Method

Test Setup

The following Test Setup and Method was used:

CPU: Intel Core2Duo E6700 @ 3.33Ghz
Motherboard: XFX 650i Ultra
RAM: 2gb Mushkin XP2-6400 4-4-4-12

HDD: OS - 160gb Hitachi Deskstar SATA II
Power: Zippy 500w
Case: A+ Case Monolize
Graphics Card: Sapphire X1600Pro with Artic Cooling Accelero S2

OS: Windows XP Professional

The Temperature was at a pretty constant 25°C room temperature and the system temperature was 31°C.

Artic Silver 5 was applied onto both of the heatsinks to give as fair a comparison as possible. Please note that as AS5 "cures" (about 200hours and at least 2 cycles), the temps are likely to drop 1-3°C. Due to time constraints neither cooler had this luxury, and this was a fair comparison.

For the testing I had the E6700 clocked both at stock settings of 266 x 10 (2.66GHz) @ 1.3v and 330 x 10 (3.3GHz) @ a fairly high 1.45v to really push the coolers.

Temperatures were logged using CoreTemp monitoring software. Temperatures were checked with a thermal probe and found to be fairly accurate.

For idle temperatures I left the PC for 30mins then recorded the idle temperature every 10 seconds for 5 minutes, making sure I did not use any program that was not already running at windows startup.

For the load temperatures I ran an instance of prime 95 with in-place large FFT's for maximum heat and power consumption, as well as an instance of Folding@Home set to take up any spare cycles of the CPU. Once again I left this for 30mins then recorded the temperatures over a 5 minute period.

For comparison I used Intels stock cooler, the Scythe Infinity and Asus's Triton Cooler . Note that for the testing with the Asus Triton 75 testing with a fan I used the same fan as on the Scythe Infiniy for parity and fairness.

On to the installation..
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Most Recent Comments

12-10-2007, 14:50:02

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.


Check the review hereQuote

12-10-2007, 15:41:32

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

12-10-2007, 15:52:52

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

12-10-2007, 15:53:41

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

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 ££'sQuote

12-10-2007, 16:01:33

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)Quote

16-10-2007, 16:48:06

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

18-11-2007, 13:44:02

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.Quote

18-11-2007, 13:45:57

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

18-11-2007, 14:05:09

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!Quote

19-11-2007, 00:32:07

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.Quote

07-04-2008, 11:52:47

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.Quote

07-04-2008, 14:03:33

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

Awesome mounting system though in fairnessQuote

07-04-2008, 16:21:33

And exceptionally light. Should be easy enough to remove Quote

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