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.
OCZ Technology has been a player in the performance CPU cooler market for a long time, even since the dark ages of overclocking when the surest way to improve a heatsinkâ€™s performance was to put a bigger, louder, faster fan on it. In those days, OCZâ€™s offerings consisted of the Dominator, Glacier, Gladiator, and Goliath (which featured an 80mm fan â€“ an uncommon thing at that time). Then for a long time, not much came out of OCZ in the way of CPU cooling, as they focused upon their memory products.
Recently, however, OCZ has re-entered the CPU cooler market with renewed vigor, with three new heatsink/fan models â€“ the Vindicator, the Vendetta, and the Vanquisher (the newest of the three). All three models represent the changing landscape of cooling technology, with slower, quieter fans and larger, more efficient fin structures made possible by heatpipe technology.
The Vanquisher is the newest addition to the OCZ cooler arsenal, and features the same vertical â€˜towerâ€™ design as the other models in the lineup. Itâ€™s similar in design to Arctic Coolingâ€™s Freezer 64, of which Thermaltake also has a clone. (OCZâ€™s Vindicator tower-style cooler is also very similar to a pre-existing design, the Scythe Ninja.) And as we all know, following an established formula isnâ€™t a particularly innovative way to design a product, but it can predictably yield a good result. OCZ also provides a 1-year warranty on their coolers, for extra peace of mind should you somehow wind up with a dud.
In this article, weâ€™ll put the Vanquisher cooler to the test and evaluate its thermal and acoustic (noise) characteristics. Is the vanquisher a must-have or an also-ran?
|Compatibility||AMD Sockets 754/939/AM2, Intel LGA775|
|Exterior Dimensions||Heatsink: (L)72 x (W)110 x (H)134mm|
|Heatsink Description||Copper base, 3x 6mm heatpipes, aluminum fins|
|Fan Description||92mm square x 25mm tall; frameless, 7-blade impeller|
|Fan Performance||800-2000RPM via 4-pin PWM connector|