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OCZ Technology Vendetta CPU Cooler
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: OCZ Technology
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OCZ Technology Vendetta CPU Cooler
December 03, 2007

A few manufacturers have recently launched "direct touch" heatpipe CPU coolers; a design that seems to make sense in terms of optimizing heat transfer from the processor to the cooler. By eliminating the solid base plate found on most coolers and letting the copper heat pipes come in direct contact with the processor, one interface is removed and the efficiency should be increased.

After our first review of such a cooler I was left wondering if this design development was really such a good idea, as performance was less than impressive. We're going to give direct touch heatpipe CPU coolers another shot, this time in the form of something from OCZ Technology. They have provided their Vendetta CPU cooler, which as the promotional image below may reveal, looks a good deal like the Kingwin Revolution cooler we reviewed just about a month ago.

This review will analyze the performance of the Vendetta to see if it can out perform Kingwin's direct touch CPU cooler, despite the physical similarities. Before taking a closer look at the Vendetta CPU Cooler provided for review, let's look at the rest of the published data taken from the OCZ Technology website...

Features and Specifications:

For Sockets AMD 754/755/939/AM2, Intel LGA775
3 Pure Copper heat pipes for superior heat dissipation
Pure Aluminum fins for ultimate durability
1 year warranty
Fan Specifications:
    Size: 92mm
    Rated Voltage: 12V DC
    Fan Speed: 1200-2800RPM
    Fan Air Flow: 39-54.6 CFM
    Noise Level: 22-34 dBA
    Bearing type: ball
    Connector: 4 pin with PWM
Heatsink Dimensions: (L)97 x (W)79 x (H)134mm
    92mm Fan with rubber connectors
    Mounting Hardware for all above CPUs
    Thermal Compound
Part Number: OCZTVEND


The packaging for the Vendetta CPU cooler is shown below. While it doesn't give you much of a look at the cooler itself, except for a bit of the fan, there are plenty of details and pictures on the various faces of the box. The below right image is of one side, which includes a list of the supported processors and basic specifications.

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All of the components are well protected inside the box, as shown in the below left image. In addition to the OCZ Technology Vendetta CPU Cooler, you receive an installation manual, a 92mm fan you have to install yourself, a sleeve of white thermal paste, a 3-pin to 4-pin power adapter, 4 rubber vibration isolating fan mounts, 2 bolts for attaching the motherboard retention brackets, and a variety of brackets that make this cooler compatible with most modern AMD and Intel processors.

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