Akasa Revo Thermaldynamic CPU Cooler
Published: 12th October 2007 | Source: Akasa | Price: RRP £39.99 ex VAT |
The Akasa Revo gives me mixed emotions. With excellent industrial looks; I think that most modders and enthusiasts will like the look of the slightly unusual cooler.
However, the thermal performance found it lacking, despite marketing hype about "Bubble Coolers" and the like. It doesn't do very badly and indeed it does do better than the Intel stock cooler when the heat was on at 3.3GHz, 1.45v. Unfortunately it doesn't manage to keep up with other top-line coolers which is a shame.
On the other hand people wanting decent overclocking performance coupled with a very quiet cooler will like the Revo. It does the job quietly and unless your PC is totally silent you won't hear it at all.
Note that Akasa currently have plans for an low profile version and possibly a high-end overclocker-friendly version of the Revo.
Akasa recommend the Revo's RRP at £39.99, with SCAN and OcUK stocking it soon. This is a high price for a cooler that is built for the quiet market and I feel that there are other coolers out there that can maintain the low noise and half decent cooling that the Revo does.
+ Very quiet
+ Very easy installation
+ Well built
+ Great industrial looks
* Marketing hype
* Not widely available in the UK
- Not up to the performance of top-line coolers
- Well overpriced
Thanks to Akasa for the review sample
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As with every single review we have ever posted, we give 1 working day for comment on the final review during which time amendments may be made if needed and manufacturers can make their comments. Akasa have replied to us on some points of this review so please see notes from Adrian Young, Akasa's marketing Director:
What is certain is that the combination of bubble pump and 8 port radiator is far more efficient at CPU cooling than a conventional fin heatsink. If we compare Revo with a similar size H/pipe cooler we can run the fan at 50% less RPM and get a comparable result. (It's good up to 90W and then tapers off)
There is a market for lo-noise coolers in the HTPC market and we have a version of the Revo for this format which will be available soon. However there is a much wider/bigger market for silent cooling across the PC spectrum using ATX tower chassisand one of the virtues of Revo is that it will fit easily into nearly all those cases.
We have done a lot of testing and one feature of the Revo is Mo/Bo zone cooling, many conventional coolers do not cool the VRs or other components, this is a real problem and Revo has been designed to alleviate it successfully.
We can produce an enhanced version aimed at the overclocking market by reconfiguring the Thermodynamic model and we will do this but we need to start with the main market using a 65W Core2Duo.
Thanks to Adrian for replying, and we hope to be able to review the new revised models when they are out.