OCZ Vendetta CPU Cooler
The OCZ cooler was put up against the excellent Noctua NH-U12P
that won the "Best in Class" Award from me last time out. Perhaps a little bit of a harsh test as the OCZ Vendetta is over half the price, but a good test none-the-less. The Intel heatsink was also used as a comparison.
At stock the OCZ is only a degree or so off of the high-end Noctua cooler and also (obviously) beats the stock cooler by a small margin. This isn't really much of a test of these coolers that are meant to cope with quite a bit of heat.
Overclocked - 3.6GHz/1.425v
Here I ramped up the speed of the Q6600, getting up to 1.425v set in the BIOS. This should show what the Vendetta can do.
As you can see, the next to useless Intel stock cooler drops off at this point and temperatures go sky-high. The OCZ Vendetaa, meanwhile, copes with the load admirably considering it's size and again is only a few degrees higher than the Noctua. That's a great performance from the little OCZ cooler.
As I do not curently have equipment sensitive enough to cope with every cooler and fan I get in the labs, you will have to rely on my ears alone.
Note that all fans were plugged into the Asus P5E3 Deluxe and allowed to be controlled by the Asus BIOS QFan tool.
The OCZ coolers little 90mm fan is a very loud in all honesty. Unfortunately especially when ramping up to full load it omits a high-pitched noise that can grate on ones nerves. Setting the fan lower after testing produced sound that was a little easier on the ears, but to the detriment of the excellent performance. This is a shame as it's really the only place the little cooler falls down.
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