In late 2007 OCZ Technology sent over a new CPU cooler for us to evaluate, and it did quite well in its review. The Vendetta performed well thanks in part to the heatpipes coming in direct contact with the processor, an innovation in heatpipe cooling that many manufacturers were starting to use at the time. The main problem with this cooler was that when the 92mm fan was running at full speed it was way too loud to tolerate.
OCZ Technology recently released the Vendetta 2 CPU cooler, and right off the bat it looks like the same design was used, but scaled up in order to work with a 120mm fan. A larger fan could translate to lower speeds, lower noise, higher airflow, and perhaps improved performance. This review is going to see if the Vendetta design has evolved into an even better product with the release of version two.
The promotional image above shows the Vendetta 2 CPU cooler, which features three U-shaped copper heatpipes, an aluminum base, a tightly spaced array of aluminum fins, and an OCZ labeled 120mm cooling fan. Before taking a closer look at the Vendetta 2 CPU cooler provided for review, let's look at some published data taken from the OCZ Technology website...
Features and Specifications:
» Part Number: OCZTVEND2
» For Sockets AMD 754/755/939/AM2, Intel LGA775
» 3 Pure Copper heat pipes for superior heat dissipation
» Pure Aluminum fins for ultimate durability
» Heatsink Dimensions:(W)120 x (D)50 x (H)159mm
» 24 month warranty
» Fan Specifications:
» Dimensions: (L)120 x (W) 120 x (H)25mm
» Rated Voltage: 12V DC
» Fan Speed: 800-1500 RPM
» Fan Air Flow: 65-81 CFM
» Noise Level: 20-32 dBA
» Bearing type: Rifle
» Connector: 4 pin with PWM
» 120mm Fan with rubber connectors
» Mounting Hardware for all above CPUs
» Thermal Compound
The packaging for the Vendetta 2 is shown below. While you don't see much through the window except for the 120mm fan, there are plenty of pictures and a good deal of text on the different sides of the box.