OCZ Vanquisher ReviewFormer staff writer -
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Getting the box open you are greeted with the installation documentation, the AMD three lug clip, and the plastic cocoon that houses the Vanquisher.
Once freed from the packaging, we get a glimpse of the unique fan that is mounted directly to the aluminum fins. There were no airflow or noise level information available, but OCZ purports efficient heat transfer up to 200W. Looking from the top down, there are black plastic acorn nuts covering the tops of the six heatpipes, and the OCZ logo stamped in to the fins. The cooler has 41 fins spaced 2-3 mm apart to promote airflow over the entire surface of each fin.
The Vanquisher comes ready to mount to LGA775 sockets. To mount on AMD systems, the LGA775 brackets are removable with four small Phillips screws. The screws were challenging at best to remove. After a half hour of trying various screwdrivers that were too big, jewelers screwdrivers that could not generate enough torque, and mangling the fins numerous times, the LGA brackets were finally freed from the Vanquisher's hold. The only casualty from the entire affair was the pre-applied thermal interface paste OCZ had generously applied.