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|Review: Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler|
|Posted by Will Smith|
|Sunday, 16 January 2011 23:03|
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If you're going to buy a new CPU cooler, either for an upgrade or a new build ... then there are several things which it need to have. These include a good design, heatpipe technology, easy installation, large but quiet fan(s), and a large compatibility list for a wide range of processors. These things are pretty much standard, and it's what a majority of users expect nowadays. So, who currently makes CPU coolers with all of the above? Well, there's too many to name, but here are just a few brands from the top my head ... they include Artic Cooling, Coolermaster, Thermaltake, Noctua, Zalman and of course, Evercool.
Evercool is based in Taiwan and has a long history for making thermal products. They've been in this business for more than 15 years, and some of you already know Evercool through its CPU coolers, which have been known for its value and affordability. For those who are not familiar with Evercool or their products, here's a quick blurb taken from their website ...
In this review, we'll be taking a look at the Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler. This cooler is designed for both AMD (754, 939, AM2+, AM3) and Intel processors (LGA 775, 1156, 1155, 1366), and features 4 Copper heatpipes with a 8mm thickness, and a large array of Aluminum fins. The base of the heatsink unit boasts a "Heat Pipe Contact" feature which allows the heatpipe to come in contact directly with the processor itself. The whole unit is cooled by 2 x ultra quiet 120mm PWM fans, which are detachable. You can use both fans or just a single fan, depending on your needs. According to Evercool, the 2 fans spins between 800-2200 rpm with a low noise level <17dBA.
The Transformer 4 CPU cooler looks quiet beefy and weighs in at around 843g. It's almost as large as the Noctua NH-D14 CPU cooler we reviewed some time ago. What makes this CPU cooler different from the rest is the extra thickness of the copper heatpipes which measures 8mm in diameter. It's definitely noticeable and you can see how these heatpipes merge together towards the base of the heatsink.
I'm expecting the cooling performance of the Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler, to be as good as some of the bigger coolers we've tested in the past. I'll be taking a close look at its overclocking performance. It should handle our overclocked Core i5 running at 4.0Ghz on full load, with no problems at all.
We'll be testing the Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler on our test rig which consist of an Intel Core i5 - 650 @ 3.2Ghz, Gigabyte P55-USB3 motherboard, Geforce GTX 460 SOC, 4Gb Crucial Ballistix DDR3-2133 and a Thermaltake ToughPower XT 875W power supply. It's the same system we've been using to test other CPU coolers.
OK, let's take a closer look at the specifications and features of the Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler, on our next page ...