OCZ Vanquisher ReviewFormer staff writer -
Category: CPU Cooling
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The easiest way to start the enjoyable/maddening/tearful journey into the world of overclocking is to start with swapping out the stock heatsink that comes with most new systems/CPUs. The stock heatsink gives you about as much cooling performance as a block of cheese with a fan on it. If you are going to embark on the air cooling overclocking journey, then it is my belief that you will need to start with the basics of air cooling to gain a complete understanding of your components and how heat affects them. Overclocking on air allows you to reach a "zen like" state when you find the perfect tweaked settings that your components optimally perform at. It is a delicate balance that is extremely satisfying when achieved.
The OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler uses heat pipe technology that is at an affordable price point to entry level performance enthusiasts. With air cooling you want to find the happy medium between excessive fan noise and efficient heat dissipation. We are going to see if the Vanquisher fits in that category.
The OCZ Vanquisher packaging is very industrial looking. The front of the box has a rendering of the Vanquisher Cooler in light blue on a dark blue background. One side has the applications info and the other the specifications and key features. The back has office/support locations.