|Best CPU Cooler Performance Q2-2010|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles - Testing by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 28 July 2010|
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Zaward Vapor-120 ZCJ013 Cooler
Way back when Benchmark Reviews first began conducting CPU cooler tests, sometime around March 2007, there was an interesting little technology making its way to the consumer market: Heatpipe Direct Touch. Zaward was first to introduce a retail HDT product named ZikaRay ZIKA-01 around February 2007. A few months later Xigmatek used the same HDT concept to design several exposed heatpipe CPU coolers, and bring the enthusiast heatsink market to a whole new level. It was (and still remains) unclear who actually invented Heatpipe Direct Touch technology, although I've been told a company named Golden Sun News Techniques Corporation in Taiwan holds the patent.
Zaward has remained connected to the enthusiast cooling industry for many years, even despite some lukewarm yet innovative designs (see Zaward Gyre ZCJ010). They return with the Zaward Vapor-120 ZCJ013, a heatsink that provides all of the basic features needed for an extraordinary CPU cooler.
The Zaward Vapor-120 heatsink appears to look very similar to the popular Xigmatek HDT-S1283, but that's probably because you weren't aware that the fairly obscure Zaward VIVO PCJ004 cooler that came out at the same time. In many ways, this is Zaward's improved version of the VIVO, minus plastic cladding. One stand-out feature that separates the Zaward Vapor-120 from previous products is the use of dimpled aluminum fins, last seen on the award-winning OCZ Vendetta-2.
One-piece aluminum fins are pressed onto three 8mm copper heat-pipe rods to create the Zaward Vapor-120 ZCJ013 heatsink. Zaward includes one of their famous 'Golf' fans, which features dimpled blades and Duro long-life bearings, with their Vapor-120. The heatsink also includes mounting hardware for both AMD and Intel processor sockets, allowing for diverse motherboard installation.
Selling for $44.99, it's difficult to imagine that the Vapor-120 adds more cooling performance for the price when nearly identical clones sell for considerably less. Benchmark Reviews will soon see how well the Zaward Vapor-120 performs against the competition.
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