|Vendetta 2 vs TRUE vs HDT-S1283|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 09 June 2008|
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OCZ Completely surprised us when the original Vendetta HDT CPU cooler was tested and secured a top position among our collection of coolers. It was later discovered that the loud high-volume 92mm fan was included for a reason: the fins were much longer than the Xigmatek HDT-S963 it was loosely based off of and needed the extra push to force air past them. But OCZ didn't leave well enough alone, and recognized where there could be the potential for even more performance out of the HDT design. So back to the design table they went, and created the OCZ Vendetta 2 HPT CPU Cooler OCZTVEND2.
The OCZ Vendetta 2 is an efficient new CPU cooler that utilizes a distinctive stacked fin design and heat-pipe Direct Touch (HDT) technology. In this version of their popular cooler, OCZ designed the OCZTVEND2 to use large 8-gauge copper heat-pipe rods combined with a large low-noise fan. Together these items match to offer a perfect balance, allowing the Vendetta 2 to quietly cool even the most robust quad-core system.
Utilizing the proven performance of their original Vendetta HTD design, the Vendetta 2 has direct contact with the processor using three copper heat pipes to ensure the most rapid heat transfer and a lighter weight. OCZ's unique dimple micro-configuration of the stacked aluminum fins adds turbulence, reducing the skin effect of laminar air flow for more efficient circulation within your case.
The Vendetta 2 also offers an extra performance boost over the more compact original version. The ultra-quiet 120mm fan comes equipped with anti-vibration rubber latches to reduce excess noise, so high-volume airflow doesn't have to mean high-volume noise like the 92mm version fan.
As with all HDT coolers, there are small "gutters" to each side of the heat-pipe rod. These gutters are very small, but they are still large enough to collect excess Thermal Interface Material. It's recommended that a carbon and aluminum-oxide based TIM be used with all copper surfaces. There are many excellent options tested in our 33-Way Thermal Interface Material Comparison article.
The OCZ Vendetta 2 was very easy to install since it uses the standard pin-style compression clips. I have noticed that both the original Vendetta and the new Vendetta 2 both have a clip system that requires more force to secure than an OEM Intel cooler. This gives the Vendetta 2 a much stronger mount to the CPU in return. Although the Vendetta 2 design is very similar to the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 cooler, there are several key differences separating the two products. Presently NewEgg is listing the OCZTVEND2 for $49.99.