Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
After what seems like forever and a year ago, Evercool is once again sending us samples from their CPU cooling segment. In fact, it seems the last cooler we had the pleasure of looking at under the Evercool name was the Transformer 4, which we reviewed way back in the middle of 2009. With plenty of time between then and now, we hope Evercool has evolved along with the market, and is still offering coolers capable of handling the processors currently on the market. With five years since we last looked at their products, what they are doing now is anyone's guess.
What we have today is a single tower cooler that comes with a single fan to cool the tower of fins. We also know up front that this is an economically considerate solution, intended as a stock replacement with headroom still left over for a fair bit of overclocking. While most coolers in this category are very plain and have little to offer aesthetically, and typically offer push-pin style mounting, that is not what we see in this latest sample. Here, you are given a decent looking cooler, with good styling, and an embossed company name in the fins. It also comes with some very secure and easy to use hardware, so you can get the best out of this direct touch cooler with some ease.
Today we will be looking at Evercool's latest cooler to come to market, the Evercool Venti HPQ-12025 CPU cooler. Since we are going to be covering all of the specification soon enough, we will jump right to the point here: along with the Hyper 212 coolers, the Brocken ECO, the Enermax ETS-N30, and other budget friendly solutions, this cooler is a new contender to the throne. Now, let's see what the Venti is all about.
The chart provided by Evercool on their product page is, to be honest, kind of lame. We do get the overall dimensions of the cooler; we see it stands 160mm tall, only 125mm in width, and is a mere 68mm thick with the fan on the cooler, as the fin stack is 43mm in thickness. That is everything about the cooler, except for the weight of 588 grams shown at the bottom, and again, this is a measurement including the fan.
There is no mention of the four 6mm heat pipes that are exposed in the base to make direct contact to the CPUs HIS. There is also no mention of the aluminum base that offers a bit of a pre-cooler, and a way to install the mounting hardware. They also do not even mention that the pipes are copper, and the fins are aluminum - let alone that we are given a stack of forty-six, 3.0mm thick fins, and that the top fin has the Evercool name embossed on top twice. Also, they neglect to mention there is no plating in play with this design; both the aluminum and copper used in this build are left in their natural states.
What we do see is a bunch of information on the EC12025H12EP fan included with the cooler. We find it spins on a patented EL bearing for longer life, expressed by the 60,000 hours of run time it is said to offer. We see this fan is capable of speeds from 800 RPM on the low-end, and up to 2200 RPM when maximum voltage is applied to them. We are also shown that at these speeds, airflow ranges from 35.05 to 75.13 CFM while delivering a maximum of 38.1 dBA of noise. What Evercool doesn't tell us is that the fan sports a black frame, it takes a four-pin connection for PWM control and speed sensing, and it has seven large, white blades to force air through the cooler's fin stack.
Finding the Evercool Venti on this side of the pond is a bit tough, as we only found four locations showing this cooler for sale. While Amazon.com does not currently stock this cooler, we were still able to ascertain its pricing. The best deal we found for the Venti HPQ-12025 just happens to be at Newegg.com, where it is listed for $29.99 with free shipping, which is very affordable.
This is a cooler that is easily within anyone's grasp, and we already know it does not take all that much to beat a stock cooler. So, now it's time to take a close look at the Evercool Venti HPQ12025 cooler, and put it through its paces to see just what sort of performance you should expect from this super economically friendly cooling option, and what we get for that investment.
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