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Old 10-11-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler

There’s an ever-increasing variety of CPU coolers out there, each competing for your dollar with advanced features, high performance, and bling. We take a look at OCZ’s latest, the Vanquisher, a smaller tower-style cooler that features a large fin structure and a 92mm, frameless fan.

You can read Rory's full review here and discuss it here!
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Old 10-15-2007, 09:47 AM   #2
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I am kinda disappointed in the performance of this cooler, and the set up. It's on an AMD system, and for the most part looks like it is facing the "wrong way". Compared to other upright coolers that face the rear fan in the case.
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Yeah, the orientation of this cooler was limited by the orientation of the Socket AM2 bracket. Most all the newer boards I've seen use this vertical orientation, so you're pretty much stuck if you aren't using an LGA 775 processor. The new ZEROTherm Nirvana, on the other hand, features a clip that can be rotated 90 degrees, allowing the optimal front-to-back airflow.

Thermally, this cooler didn't really 'wow' me. Even on a high-power Athlon 64 X2 6000+ overclocked to 3.2 GHz (125W TDP), the fan on this cooler had to work hard to keep things under 70 C when loading both cores with F@H, ramping up to about 2200 RPM on the motherboard's smart fan controller. Now, to be fair, what the Vanquisher really has going for it is relatively compact size for a tower CPU cooler, but it seems to be the most 'budget'-oriented of the three offerings from OCZ. The heatsink base was also rough - it could have used a good lapping.
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You can't beat a Zalman 9700 LED, it's almost a chiller.
I had the Zalman on mine and now a Freezone, the dif is about 8 to 10 C warmer.
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I don't understand how the Freezone only improves the temperature 8C - 10C over an air cooler on a Dual-Core. What are your temperatures with the CoolIT installed?
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