While we have seen coolers with HDT bases, rarely have we seen them with a fin array offset, closed sides, and little tabs to help direct all of that captured air flow. Unlike in some of our images, once this cooler is aligned properly, it affords room for memory and does not block the motherboard screws or the 8-pin lead either. It may be small, but the ETS-N30 II coolers have shown merit in our testing. There are better coolers out there; but as far as towers go, many need to be much bigger to offer more performance. On the flip side, if you are looking for a tower cooler for a Mini-ITX chassis, many of the larger coolers simply will not fit, and is where coolers like these tend to shine.
The step-by-step instructions walk you right through every detail, of mounting the cooler, and even if, like us, you happen to do it wrong, there is plenty of TIM. Mounting is easy; you would not be upset if you got it wrong the first time. The clip on fan design is also a plus, making removing them for cleaning, and while mounting the cooler, super simple to accomplish. We also like that we are offered a low-noise adapter in the kit at this price. We like that there are options with the fan too. You can opt for a plainer looking cooler that offers slightly better results with slightly more noise, or you can go for fancy blue LEDs with slightly worse performance and less fan noise. The hardware is sturdy, and once the long screws are held into the backplate, we had no issues getting everything tight the first time. Enermax put a lot into this little cooler, and all things considered, these ETS-N30 II coolers are decent choices.
So, for those of you with space confinement issues for a CPU air cooler, Enermax does have a viable solution for you. Even if you are just a beginner looking to save some money and have some fun overclocking, this cooler is up to that task as well. With the ETS-N30R-HE found for as low as $27.95, and the ETS-N30R-TAA for as little as $30.99, these solutions pack an enormous amount of bang for the buck. The fact that the better of the two, performance wise, is the more affordable of the two, just makes that even better.
While they seem to perform low on our charts, we were able to pass all of our stress testing without failure. With the pricing of some of the coolers they fall in line with considered, this is where Enermax rises to the top of the pot. It may not be the most amaze-balls cooler on the market, but with little cost, you have a cooler that is more than able to tame most processors out there.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||95%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||94%|
The Bottom Line: There is a lot of ingenuity involved to make such a small cooler do well enough to pass our testing! Everything Enermax put into the ETS-N30 II coolers is worth it. They are low cost, relatively strong performers - all you need to decide is if you want the LED version or not.
PRICING: You can find the Enermax ETS-N30R CPU Cooler for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link below to see real-time pricing for the best deal:
United States: The Enermax ETS-N30R CPU Cooler retails for $28 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Enermax ETS-N30R CPU Cooler retails for £28 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Enermax ETS-N30 II CPU Coolers]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests, and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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