While there are those who will want the ETS-T50-WVS white AXE cooler, we are digging the "murdered out" appearance of the ETS-T50-BVT we just got up close and personal with. The number of patented technologies is impressive. Enermax pulls out every trick of the trade when it came to designing this AXE cooler; no doubt about that.
Everything from the coating, the self-cleaning fan, the LED options, the look, use of a pre-cooler, offering an air guide, closing off the sides of the fins, even the use of plastic frames to mount the fan and air guide; it all lead to this cooler leaving a lasting impression on us. Noise levels are a bit higher than many competing coolers, but not to the degree of causing distress, especially if it is inside of a closed chassis.
Performance is where it should be in our opinion. We did not expect miracles, but we did need it to beat the more affordable coolers, which it did in standard testing. The ETS-T50 AXE may not have had more to give with the fan screaming at us, but we more than appreciate the PWM fan curve getting nearly every drop of performance out of this cooler without becoming obnoxious.
The hardware is on point, and Enermax covered everything needed to successfully have this cooler running on your motherboard with little strain and effort. We love that the standoffs lock into the back plate, we like that unless you are using AMD, the orientation of the backplate does not matter, and all of the threads were clean, and mounting the cooler to the hardware is just as simple to accomplish. Clearances are found on all sides of this cooler too. The asymmetrical design allows the ETS-T50 AXE to stay away from the motherboard covers, the RAM, leaves sufficient room to populate the first PCI-e slot, and does not block access to the motherboard screws either. Any way we look at this cooler, literally or figuratively, we cannot find any reason to detract from what Enermax has delivered in this CPU cooler.
Are there more affordable coolers on the market? Yes, we just saw a pair of near $50 coolers get beat by this, though. Are there quieter fans to cool your tower? Most definitely, but the level in which the Vegas fan delivers noise is not that bad, and you do get an attractive LED light show to go with it. Five to ten dollars does break that magic $50 mark, but to be blunt, we would like to have this cooler in our system more than the others tested as of late. While the MSI cooler was flashy and pleasing to the eye, the Thermalright was almost dull in appearance. With this Enermax ETS-T50 AXE, you may have to shell out $54.99 for the white one, and up to $64.99 for the one tested today, we think many will gravitate to this cooler.
It is one of the most advanced designs we have seen as far as tricks of the trade go and using advanced technologies that it looks great, it is easy to mount, and what makes this cooler even better is that Enermax thinks down the road as well. Not many coolers will reverse the fan's direction to keep it clean for you, and if the need arises for deeper cleaning, the clips used to make life as easy as possible too. The ETS-T50 AXE may not be a chart-topper, but it is well worth thinking about when it comes to looking for a new candidate to cool your CPU.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||98%|
|Bundle and Packaging||95%|
|Value for Money||89%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: Enermax's ETS-T50 AXE has every technology available to it, it performs fairly well, the noise is more than most, yet it is an affordable solution! Enermax offers a cooler that looks great, it is easy to use, we just expected slightly more from it in terms of cooling performance.
PRICING: You can find the Enermax ETS-T50 AXE 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-T50 AXE CPU Cooler retails for $65 at Amazon.
United Kingdom: The Enermax ETS-T50 AXE CPU Cooler retails for £58 at Amazon UK.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Enermax ETS-T50 AXE CPU Cooler]
- 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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