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Enermax ETS-N30R-HE and ETS-N30R-TAA CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 23, 2016 4:40 pm
TweakTown Rating: 94%Manufacturer: Enermax

Enermax ETS-N30 II CPU Coolers

 

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Standing side by side, it is easy to distinguish between the two coolers, but once the fans are removed, the towers are identical. Here we have the ETS-N30R-HE on the left with the plain looking 92mm fan and the ETS-N30R-TAA on the right. Both also offer a long fan lead which provides a braided covering and terminates in 4-pin PEM connections.

 

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What is evident to us from this side view are three things. First of all, the sides of the tower are enclosed to capture air, the fan clips on easily with plastic tabs, and the cooler is offset compared to the base, because of the asymmetric heat pipe layout.

 

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The back and front of the cooler offer the same fin structure. The 43 aluminum fins provide a valley in the midsection, and where the cooler is deepest near the edges, the fins have grooves cut there, both features allowing the fan to produce pressure before entering the tower.

 

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This side is identical to what we saw on the other side. The fins are closed off, and the cooler is still shifted away from the DIMM slots to the right of the base.

 

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Looking at the top of the fin stack, we see the Enermax name embossed into the fins in the middle, and we get a better idea on the grooves on either side. We can also see the bits of the fin that are pressed in, which directs the air flow from the next heat pipe, as they are out of line with each other.

 

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The top of the base to which you mount hardware is made of a solid piece of aluminum. It offers threaded holes on either side, and the top of the plate has been grooved to act as a passive heat sink, removing some heat before it travels into the tower.

 

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As the trio of heat pipes travel through the aluminum base plate, after milling it and cleaning it, this plastic sticker is applied. Of course, you do need to remove this as the writing on it suggests.

 

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Under the sticker, we find the three pipes are tightly grouped to ensure they all contact any IHS. The surface is milled in an arc pattern, with marks left in the finish, and we also find that the gaps between the copper and aluminum are very minimal.

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