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OCZ Vanquisher Review

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The OCZ Vanquisher CPU cooler achieves very good performance at a reasonable price. The fan is very quiet at full speed (2400 RPM), much more so than the Vendetta (2900 RPM) since it is spinning about 500 RPM less. The temps are where they should be better than stock cooling, and just missing the next level of coolers. It would be nice to be able to swap out the fan to see if any more performance can be squeezed from the Vanquisher.

Installation of the Vanquisher couldn't be easier. The only issue was with the AMD clip not being able to install the cooler horizontally in the case for better exhaust out the back of the case. Overall, the Vanquisher is a very good product for the price. For the entry level overclocker, it will allow enough headroom to start experimenting with overclocking while not breaking the bank. With the multiple applications, covering just about all current chips, this cooler could go through a few system refreshes and still perform better than the stock cooling solution. If you are looking for an alternative to the stock heatsink so you can begin the journey into the world of overclocking or just want better cooling without having to spend a fortune, the OCZ Vanquisher has you covered.



  • Very Affordable
  • Ease of Installation
  • Very Quiet
  • Good Performance for the Price
  • Wide Range of Install Application



  • Not Able to Change Fan
  • Pre-installed LGA775 Brackets Challenging to Remove
  • Limited Installation Options With the AMD Clip


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  1. Introduction & Closer Look
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  3. Installation
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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