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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 28 September 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler
OCZTVEND: Off the Shelf
Vendetta: Closer Look
Vendetta Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Vendetta: Closer Look

The very first thing I noticed, or rather didn't notice, is the finsink scars I became familiar with when I reviewed the Zaward VIVO and the Xigmatek HDT-S1283. The scuffs and bent aluminum edges on those coolers had me wondering what they used for quality control. Thankfully that's not the case here with the OCZ Vendetta; everything is pristine, as I think we all want after purchasing a brand new product.

OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler

OCZ has used a unique "V" design in the aluminum finsinks on the Vendetta. This "V" shape of the fins adds surface area without compromising the compact design. Ultimately this is exactly what the Vendetta seeks to achieve: large cooler performance in a small cooler footprint.

OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler

The Vendetta utilizes three 8mm exposed heatpipes to wick heat away into the finsink array. This is so far the largest heatpipe seen in such a small cooler. But will it work?

OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler

Each aluminum plate has been polished top and bottom, reducing the amount of drag on the airflow. Paired with the single 92mm fan, this should prove to be a powerful combination which other manufacturers have overlooked.

OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler

Polished copper heatpipes run out from the OCZ Vendetta like the exhaust tips of a top-formula dragster. The sheer size of these rods is enormous in comparison to the overall unit.

OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler

OCZ uses 100% copper in their heatpipes, which dramatically improves the evaporation and condensation cycle in the Vendetta. As you can see from the image above, all three heatpipes are flush with the base; this is a result of grinding the base and pipes as a unit, and not separately.

Continue on to the fine details section, where we will cover some of the hidden design features found only in the Vendetta.



 

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