Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing
Enermax and their ETS series of coolers are nothing new to us, but at the same time, we do know that Enermax is not afraid to try new things when it comes to designing a tower cooler for your CPU. From what we can recall, they are all about using tricks of the trade to boost the performance of their tower coolers. From the use of bold fin edge design, using specialized coatings, building pre-coolers into the base, and of course delivering some of their coolers with Twister and TB Vegas fans to provide excellent airflow and a bit of a light show. While they may not be the first name that comes to mind when looking for an air cooling solution for your CPU, they have been trying hard to become just that.
Included in the last cooler they have sent to us, many of these tricks of the trade are present yet again. First, they designed this cooler to use something called PDF, which stands for pressure differential flow. PDF uses a cone-shaped tunnel in the fins to change air flow, boosting it up to 15%. There is an air guide on the back of the cooler, and it is also rotatable so that you can use the exhaust air to cool other components with directionality. The air guide and close side design also lead into the Vacuum Effect air path which helps, even more, to get the most from the fan.
The fan comes with DFR technology, which allows the fan to reverse directions for a moment, to eliminate dust buildup on the fan blades. There is also VGF or Vortex Generation Flow, which are little tabs in the fins which also channel air differently than most coolers. The last two things you will find in this cooler are the HDT base design which needs no explanation at this point, and the use of generation two thermal conductive coating, which is applied to the cooler to create better velocity and thermal conductivity.
Even before we open the box, we can tell that Enermax has put a lot of time and effort into designing the ETS-T50 AXE CPU cooler we are showing off today. While they have been known for many of these design features in the past, it's nice to see that not only are they improving on older patented technologies, but developing new ones and adding them in as well. For those that prefer their CPU cooler to be "murdered out," the ETS-T50 AXE is right up your alley. From what we have gathered in the preliminary stages of researching the ETS-T50 AXE, it stands to be a solid contender in the huge market of air cooling. All we need to do now is have a look at it and what you get with it so that we can get to testing, digest that information, and see just how well the Enermax ETS-T50 AXE stands up to the competition.
Even with the fact that what you are about to see is as black as a cooler can get, we did find that there are two versions of this cooler. There is the ETS-T50A-BVT which is the model we are showing off, but if black is not your thing, there is another choice. Enermax also makes a white version of this cooler, but you need to search for the ETS-T50A-WVS to locate it. These coolers will fit all of the current as well as some EOL sockets. With the fan and air guide in play, the cooler is 138.7mm wide, 111.9mm thick, stands 160mm tall, and weighs in at 860 grams. Coming from the base of the cooler, there are five 6mm diameter copper heat pipes, held in place with an aluminum base. The fins are also aluminum, and we counted fifty-four fins in the stack.
The fan that cools this tower is a Vegas fan which spins on a Twister Bearing. It is a 120mm fan with a speed range of 800 to 1800 RPM. The maximum airflow from this fan is 62.32 CFM, and at that point, the pressure is 1.93 mmH2O. The Vegas fan is rated to run for 160,000 hours, and should deliver no more than 25 dB(A) in noise levels. Dressing up the looks of the ETS-T50 AXE, this fan also includes 36 LEDs which offer five lighting modes. The fan can be set to display the red light, blue light, green light, a mix of all three, or it can also have the LEDs turned off via a small pad switch attached to it. The Vegas fan uses 12V to obtain its maximums we discussed, but the connection on it is a 4-pin connector, which will use the PWM circuitry to deliver only what you need from the fan as well, without having to run it at full speed all of the time.
We were able to find both the white and the black versions of the ETS-T50 AXE easily, but we do see that they are slightly more expensive than the last couple of coolers we have tested. If you plan to shop at Amazon, the white variation rings out at $54.99, while the black version we have here for you today will cost $64.99. Looking at Newegg, we do see that the white AXE cooler is priced the same at $54.99, but the black AXE is slightly more affordable here, with a price set at $58.24. While the ETS-T50 AXE coolers do surpass the magic $50 mark, every bit of this cooler is designed to be superior to what we have just seen of coolers which fall below that mark. On paper, the Enermax ETS-T50 AXE coolers are shown to offer much bang for the buck, but we do need to test them before we deliver our verdict.
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