EVERCOOL Venti CPU Cooler Review

Waco - 2013-02-15 21:24:50 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: Waco   
Reviewed on: May 15, 2013
Price: $29.99

EVERCOOL Venti CPU Cooler Introduction:

From its name, EVERCOOL, you can probably guess what types of products it makes – and you'd probably be right – EVERCOOL produces CPU coolers, fans, and cooling accessories. Not a difficult guess there. Today we'll be taking a look at the EVERCOOL Venti (and I'll use it as a stab at you Starbucks goers), a CPU cooler that is not quite Venti in size. Coming preconfigured with only a single fan, the CPU cooler, though likely much larger than your stock heatsink, is quite a drop in the bucket at half the size of my old favorite, the Megahalem. However, perhaps Venti is the right name for it – let's hope it has "big" cooling because as a slim tower cooler, it has a lot of competition.

 

EVERCOOL Venti CPU Cooler Closer Look:

The box for EVERCOOL Venti doesn't jump out as anything outlandish or bizarre. It is a grey and cream concoction of pictures, specifications, and marketing talk. The top of the box lists its support for a vast number of sockets, while the sides show various pictures of the heatsink itself, as well as the mounting components included in the box. All in all, the box isn't exactly exciting though it does give you a good idea of its contents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Popping open the top reveals the goodness within. I can't fault EVERCOOL for the packing here – everything is securely fastened to withstand even the most tenuous journey to your front porch. The heatsink tower itself and the 120mm fan are held in place by a plastic carrier while the box-o-components is snugly nestled up below it. If your delivery man managed to break anything in the Venti package, you should probably give him an award!

 

EVERCOOL Venti CPU Cooler Closer Look

You didn't think I'd show you the heatsink up front did you? No, you get to gaze at the stark white blades of the included 120mm fan first. The fan includes a 4-pin header for full PWM control that should allow the Venti to satisfy fans of silence and performance alike. The fan is rated to run anywhere from 800RPM (the lowest speed) up to 2200RPM (the maximum speed) with 35CFM and 75CFM, respectively. The lowest speed should be fairly quiet but I have my doubts that the 2200RPM maximum speed will be ear-pleasing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At last, the EVERCOOL Venti is revealed. At first glance, it is reminiscent of many great tower coolers from the past few years with its multiple heatpipes, finned base, and ridged cooling fins. As you look closer, you may notice some differences; namely, the overall size is quite small compared to many other heat-dispersing behemoths on the market. The heatpipes are also clustered relatively close together near the outside edge of the tower. Overall fit and finish is quite good and the aluminum fins are serrated to increase cooling and lower noise.

 

 

 

The baseplate of the EVERCOOL Venti is finned, though I have my doubts that it does anything other than look "cool". The top plate of the tower is stamped in both directions with the EVERCOOL namesake and the quad heatpipes bumping through the top plate quite prominently. The tips of the heatpipes don't quite make good contact with the top fin but that isn't uncommon with finishing plates on tower coolers. The base is of a direct-touch design with the four heatpipes flattened and machined to come into direct contact with your heat-producing monster of a CPU. The fit and finish on the base is, at best, okay. The heatpipes are machined relatively flat but the gaps between them and actual aluminum base are visible to the naked eye. For a heatsink rated for 200 watts of heat dissipation, this kind of finish has me a bit skeptical of the rating.

 

 

 

Installing the fan on the EVERCOOL Venti is quite easy, although as you can see in the pictures, I managed to install the fan clips backwards. Instructions? Who needs 'em? Apparently I do…but moving on, the fan mounts without drama and holds quite securely in place. Even with the fan installed, this cooler still keeps to quite diminutive dimensions. I cannot imagine it causing issues with any motherboard or case setup with the exception of cases that cannot fit tower coolers to begin with.

That does bring me to a bit of a sore point here though – as small as the EVERCOOL Venti is, I feel it might be targeted at a market that doesn't exist. Cases that can't fit tall coolers won't be able to fit the EVERCOOL Venti. Cases that can fit tall tower coolers can likely fit coolers much larger than this one without any real troubles at all. While this cooler is fairly inexpensive at $29.99, I have to imagine that it would perform better if it were perhaps just a bit larger in terms of radiating area or if it shipped with a second fan in stock form.

 

 

Installation of the Venti wasn't terribly difficult but a bit frustrating. The backplate, while sturdy and well-designed, is attached to the motherboard by four short hex-cap bolts. The slots for the bolts are relatively shallow and as such, hard to get the bolts to bite into. However, once bolted to the motherboard with the included knurled nuts, the backplate didn't go anywhere. From there, it was a simple matter of screwing the tower down onto the mounting nuts (and they do have a set point where they bottom out).

Once installed, you can see how tiny the Venti looks next to even the average-sized board in the test rig. As I said before, I can't see how this cooler would interfere with any motherboard as clearances around the socket are, in a word, spacious. Keep reading to see how the EVERCOOL Venti stacks up when we put it to the screws!

 

EVERCOOL Venti CPU Cooler Specifications:

Overall Dimension:
125 x 68 x 160 mm
DC Fan Size:
120 x 120 x 25 mm
Bearing Type:
Patent EL Bearing Fan Life Expectancy at 25°C
Life Time:
60,000 hr
Fan Speed:
800 ± 25% RPM ~ 2200 ± 10% RPM
Air Flow:
< 35.05 ~ 75.13 CFM
Noise Level:
< 22 ~ 38.1 dBA
Rated Voltage:
12 VDC
Weight:
588 g

 

EVERCOOL Venti CPU Cooler Features:

 

 

 

 

 

Information provided by: http://www.evercool.com.tw/categories/global/cooler/cpucooler/intel/2011/hpq-12025/venti.php

EVERCOOL Venti CPU Cooler Testing :

Testing of the EVERCOOL Venti will be accomplished installing the cooler into the test system mounted into a case, not a test bench. Most systems are built and mounted into a sealed (relatively) chassis, so this method will be used to generate the load and idle results from a real world view based on the test system listed below.

Of course, your results may vary, due to case design and ambient air temperature, by several degrees. The CPU load is generated by Prime95 version 27.7 running small FFTs for a period of two hours with a cool down period of one hour after the computer has returned to an idle state. Real Temp 3.70 is used to log the temperatures over the time frame with the highest and lowest averages across the four cores of the Core i7 2600K test CPU. Ambient temperatures are kept at 22ºC throughout the testing to minimize the impact of a variable temperature. The EVERCOOL Venti was tested using the included EVERCOOL T-grease 800 Series thermal paste to give an accurate depiction of the out-of-the-box performance.

 

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Coolers:


 

EVERCOOL Venti CPU Cooler Results :

   

 

   

 

Ouch. With the fan blasting away on the EVERCOOL Venti at 2200RPM, not only did it make a pretty decent racket but it also didn't really put up good results. The Venti didn't have issues keeping the test system's 2600K cool at idle for either stock or the overclocked 4.4GHz settings but once the load was cranked up, it was a totally different story. Even at the stock 3.4 GHz setting, the EVERCOOL tower just couldn't keep up with the competition by turning in a fairly high result of 60 degrees C. This is still in the safe territory but the associated noise from the fan makes the result quite unappealing.

Moving onto the overclocked load test, you can see why I was a bit skeptical of that 200 watt thermal dissipation rating listed on the specification sheet. The 2600K at 4.4 GHz doesn't put out anything near a 200 watt thermal load, yet with the fan blazing away at maximum speed, I managed to hit thermal throttling (where the 2600K was idling down to 1600 MHz) within about 15 minutes of running Prime95. At that point I stopped the test as I didn't really feel much obliged to toasting my CPU for the sake of seeing how high I could get the thermal sensors to read.

EVERCOOL Venti CPU Cooler Conclusion:

I'm sure if you've read the review (or at least skimmed the results before jumping to the conclusion), you'd probably know what I’m going to say here. Although the EVERCOOL Venti is relatively inexpensive, I think it missed the mark in a few key areas. The cooling performance leaves a lot to be desired, the small stature seems wasted in a tower-type cooler design, and the low price doesn't redeem those to hefty shortcomings. It's easy to install once you realize how everything goes together, but the whole design just feels a bit like it missed the mark.

With its fast 120mm cooling fan, full height tower design, and overall decent construction, I just expected more from the EVERCOOL tower. Four heatpipes in a direct contact design should be able to dissipate quite a bit of heat but when my 2600K started to enter the zone of thermal throttling that comes just before the magic smoke comes out, I was left high and dry. I imagine with a few small tweaks, EVERCOOL could really have a winner on its hands but with the thin fins, average base finish, and loud (single) fan, there's just no way to bring this one back from the brink.

Don't take it the wrong way, there's nothing really wrong with the Venti; it just doesn't seem to have a place on the market. If money is an issue, there are better and quieter coolers for around a similar price, and there are smaller coolers that better fit into tiny builds that perform better as well. This one gets a pretty resounding pass in my book; look elsewhere unless you really can't spare a couple dollars for a vastly superior cooler.

 

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