OCZ Vendetta CPU Cooler

Test Setup and Installation

Test Setup
To test this high-end compact CPU cooler, we have decided to step up to quad core with a Q6600. The whole setup is as follows:
Intel Q6600 @ stock (2.44GHz) and overclocked (3.6GHz @ 1.425v)
Asus P5E3 DDR3 Motherboard
Kingston HyperX PC3-11000 CL7 DDR3 2gb Kit
OCZ GameXtream 850w
Hitachi 7K160 HDD
Samsung DVD-RW
Silverstone TJ09S Case
To make sure we had a good comparison I added the stock Intel cooler that comes with the Q6600, as well as the excellent Noctua NH-U12P.
Microsoft Vista and CoreTemp were used to take the temperature of the cores for all coolers, ensuring a fair set of results. Ambient temperature was 22.4°C
Idle measurements were taken after the computer had been on for a period of 30 minutes and thereafter every minute for a period of 30 minutes.
Load temperature were taken after a period of 30 minutes using [email protected], the SMP client that stresses all four core of the Q6600 to 100% load. Again, measurements were taken over a 30 minute period every minute.
Installation of the cooler wasn't tricky at all, with the normal 4 PIN intel socket 775 pins. Note that these have to be screwed in place before installation, but it's hardly a chore.
ocz cooler fan installed
The fan connects to the cooler by these ingenius little rubber gromits. This should keep the vibrations down and is a lot easier than the usual metal clips you get on fans.
ocz vendetta installed
The Vendetta is pretty diminutive in size and should be a nice easy fit on almost all motherboards as it's high enough to clear all but the most badly positioned fets and caps on a motherboard.
ocz cooler installed
Here again you see the small size of the cooler, along with the fact it looks pretty smart!
cooler installed close up
There won't be any problems with memory module clearance height and indeed the fan fits over all of the huge coolers on the P5E3 Deluxe.
The only bad thing I can say about installation of the Vendetta is that it doesn't blow much air on and around the motherboard heatsinks and mosfets, which a lot of the bigger coolers have the ability to do.
Onto testing...
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Most Recent Comments

30-09-2006, 10:18:54

Sweet arse heatsink, I like the performance/size ratio. Great review as well Jim, quality as usual.Quote

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