The CPU cooler product line is one of the hardware sections that continuously evolves and there are always new CPU coolers coming out, but without neglecting older sockets as there is wide backwards compatibility. Today we will be taking a look at Evercool’s new CPU cooler, the Evercool Venti, which has a compact size and promises performance combined with low noise levels.
Evercool was established in 1992 and their main production line includes, as the name implies, cooling products.
Let’s take a look at the Evercool Venti’s features, taken directly from the company’s website:
• PWM fan to adjust the power of the fan efficiently,enable HPQ-12025 to obtain both cooling performance and quietness.
• Dual fan installed option provides increase the speed of heat conduction. (addition prices for dual fan purchase.)
• H.D.T. (Heat-pipe direct touch) technology,efficiently diminish thermal resistance,enhancing heat conductivity.
• 4 x 6mm copper heat pipes soldered tightly with fin,to ensure fastest Thermal conductivity.
• Up to 200W.
• HPQ-12025 designed with all metal clips provides a secure attachment on motherboard for Intel socket LGA775, 1366, 1156, 1155, 2011/ AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, FM1.
The Evercool Venti arrived in a white cardbox. At the front side there is a picture of the cooler and the main features are stated. At the sides of the cooler there is a detailed report with schematics referring to the cooler’s specifications, features and dimensions with pictures of the cooler installed on Intel and AMD platforms.
Upon opening the box, we find the cooler unit protected in plastic transparent pads.
Apart from the cooler, inside the package we can find everything we need to set this cooler up and running, along with a brief but handy user manual with schematics referring to all sockets. Apart from the backplate and the mounting kits, that are nicely organized in their own bags, we can find the fan clips used to mount the fans onto the cooler. The Venti comes with one fan installed, but it supports a push-pull configuration. Evercool professionally included four fan clips, which is two more in case you decide to mount a second fan.
A Closer Look –
The Evercool Venti follows a tower design but it is a very compact cooler, measuring 125 x 68 x 160 mm. The fan used is a 120mm EL Bearing fan that runs from 800 to 2200 RPM with PWM control. It features four 6 mm direct contact copper heatpipes and utilises aluminium fins. Evercool call this H.D.T. that stands for Heat-pipe direct touch technology, which according to the features efficiently diminishes thermal resistance, and enhances heat conductivity.
The cooler has been manufactured in high standards and we could not notice any machinery flaws.
Test Setup and Procedures
Installation was simple and relatively quick thanks to the manual. You can find a digital version of the manual here. As you can see from the pictures, thanks to its size, the Venti will probably not interfere with any RAM modules.
We tested the Evercool Venti on our i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz, measuring temperatures in idle/load system settings, and then measuring noise levels at max fan RPM. Our test system was:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 4GHz
Motherboard: Asus P6T SE
RAM: 6 GB Mushkin 6-7-6-18
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: High Power Astro APT-700
Case: Antec one
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
We tested Evercool’s Venti against other popular cooler models in the market.
Test Results and Verdict
As we can see from the results, the Venti delivered average to good performance for a single fan cooler, managing to beat many other popular models. It is needless to say that this is surely a solid alternative to the stock cooler. The Venti managed to keep our overclocked i7 down to logical temperature levels. Users wanting to perform extreme overclocking might want to check at other(and more expensive) options. The tests were made with a single fan mounted, the ability to add a second fan on the cooler could potentially drop the temperatures a few degrees lower.
As far as noise is concerned, Evercool’s cooler was barely audible with our measurements being in very acceptable levels.
Costing around 24.00€ across Europe, the Evercool Venti is surely one of the best options around for a stock cooler alternative that will offer average to good performance combined with low noise levels and price!
(+) Inexpensive and worthy alternative to stock cooling
(+) Ability to add a second fan
(+) Compact dimensions
(-) Not suitable for extreme overclocking
Thus, we would like to give the Evercool Venti our Value For Money Award.