What I liked about the ETD-T60-VD is a list that is pretty long. The unusual mounting hardware made me scratch my head for a second, but once I saw the images in the manual, it all just made sense. All the components for both AMD and Intel work as shown and offer very secure mounting to both boards. Every bit of the installation was simple and due to the larger size of the cooler, I could actually rest the board on the cooler so I could start the nuts behind the board to secure the cooler with the provided socket. When the nuts stop spinning, the cooler is mounted; it's really that simple. I liked the performance of the fan along with its limited noise to the room. I haven't even mentioned the many LED settings of red, blue, or both colors of LEDs active. All of them on, following one blade, following two blades like a propeller, or even flashing. The lighting setup really is the basic lighting kit for a party in your case.
Throughout testing and in use on both my i7 2600K and my 720BE, there isn't one thing that I could find fault with. The arrangement of the cooler in the case shows that the cooler should be installed in a particular manor. In this arrangement, you may block a memory slot for taller heat sinks, but the pipes are bent to allow a normal short heat spreader or bare memory. The off-centered nature of the base in this cooler really allows the ETD-T60 coolers to utilize the excess airflow that typically gets promptly removed from a tower cooler and is used to cool the power delivery heatsinks on the Z68X-UD4 I have, as well as cooling both the phase and chipset cooler on my 990FXA-UD7. With the IR thermometer I noticed a seven degree drop in the chipset on the 990FX, and right around three to four degrees across all of the heatsinks on the power delivery chips. Specifically with my GIGABYTE boards, the Enermax is in a small enough foot print that I could easily get to my 8-pin EPS plug, and get my video cards in and out easily too, because I could access the release tabs which is problematic with most tower coolers.
The performance of the ETD-T60 needs to be shown some respect. Usually when I receive coolers with this basic concept, they tend to lack in performance, mounting, performance and aesthetics. Enermax may not win every one with the seven option lighting scheme, but the look of the cooler is sharp and an attractive addition, the mounting was super simple and the performance is pretty good to boot! So not only does Enermax bring a solution capable of handling today's processors with relative ease, they deliver the full package here, no question. The real issue as I type this is "where are you going to get one?". The best I can say for now is to just hold on tight - pre-orders are starting to show up and once everyone gets stock, the pricing might get closer to a Euro equals US Dollar pricing. If you have to have one now, or at least have to be first to have an ETD-T60, feel free to venture over to Provantage.com and pre-order one for $74. For me I will wait and see where the pricing levels out before I shell out quite that much for this cooling solution.
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