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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

Installation and Finished Product

 

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Since we test with an Intel motherboard, we grabbed the Intel brackets and mounted them to the base of the cooler. Using the provided threaded holes in the base, you screw in two screws on each side, and this is also true with the AMD bracket as well.

 

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Then we moved onto putting the square-head screws into the right spot for LGA115X, and being sure to align the heads with the grooves offered in the plastic backplate. Then it slides right into the holes around the socket, with holes cut on both ends for socket clearance.

 

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To hold the back plate in place when installing the ETS-N30 II coolers, you must install the tall black spacers. These will grab onto the longer screws, and keep it locked to the motherboard, once pressed all the way down.

 

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To lock the cooler into place, put the brackets over the long screws, and using the thumbscrews, lock the brackets down to the motherboard. We also noticed we had the cooler on wrong here as the pipes show, so we quickly turned it around for testing, after some images were taken.

 

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This cooler is just the right height. It is just tall enough that the fan would not be blacked by average height RAM, and is barely affected by our choice of RAM either. At the same time, it is not a monster hanging over the top, and engulfing the motherboard.

 

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Under normal circumstances, the ETS-N30II coolers will clear the top of the memory in all four slots. It does just cover our innermost slot, and those using taller memory may have issues here.

 

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The tower stands proud of the thermal armor of the motherboard, so it is unlikely to be affected by power management heat sinks, and also offers room to tuck the extra fan cable. From this view, the offset is pronounced, but even with a second fan on the tower, you can still get to everything else.

 

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This happens to be an image where we got it wrong. To orient the cooler properly, the Enermax name on it should read from the bottom to the top. This puts the Vortex Generator tabs behind each heat pipe, to direct the air flow though the cooler properly. For those who are not concerned with memory, you may not even see this at first, so be sure these ETS-N30 II coolers are installed properly, as it will make a huge difference in the way they work.

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