OCZ Vendetta 2 Reviewajmatson - April 10, 2008
Category: CPU Cooling
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So you just bought that fast CPU and now you want to overclock it but you worry about heating issues? Is that stock cooler going to be enough? Then what type of cooler do you need? There are a lot of questions you need to ask when wanting to push the limits of your processor, and there are so many CPU coolers out on the market now choosing the right one can be tough. Water cooling is way to expensive for the average enthusiast, but air cooling can sometimes not be enough to keep that overclocked CPU cool and disaster can strike. But what should you choose? There are different types of CPU coolers with varying shapes, sizes, and designs. Some use copper, some use aluminum, and then there are some that use a new technology called HDT. What is HDT you ask? HDT stands for Heap Pipe Direct Touch which eliminates the block that is normally attached to the insides of the heatsink and mounts the heat pipes directly to the base of the cooler, making them touch the heatspreader of the CPU directly. This, in theory, makes the transfer of heat from the CPU to the air a quicker process.
One cooler that might fulfill your needs is the OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler. The Vendetta 2 is the big brother of the original Vendetta from OCZ and uses the same Heat Pipe Direct Touch design. The Vendetta 2 is a very large cooler with a full size 120mm fan designed to decrease your CPU temperatures and allow you to push it to the maximum without burning it out. But will it's sheer size be a problem? Let's go and find out.
The OCZ Vendetta 2 comes in a very nice packaging. The outside of the box gives a lot of detail as to what is inside, making you want to rip it open and start using the cooler. The front has a window showing you the size of the 120mm fan and the back shows you what the complete unit looks like. The sides highlight the key features, specifications and what platforms the cooler can be used on.
Sliding the product out of the box the Vendetta 2 cooler is very well protected. The cooler and fan are surrounded by foam keeping it from being damaged during transportation. Included with the cooler and fan is a quick install guide, a 3-pin to 4-pin fan cable converter, and the mounting hardware for the cooler and the fan.
Now that I have your interest peaked, let's take a better look at the cooler.