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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

OCZTVEND Final Thoughts

When I first received the Vendetta, I silently thanked OCZ for designing an after-market cooler which doesn't require me to disassemble my computer and remove the motherboard just to install a CPU back plate. I realize that some of the more critical overclocking enthusiasts will disagree, but the standard design Intel press-clips are a convenient option with lightweight coolers like the Vendetta. With Anti-vibration rubber fan mounts, and a push-pin & clip systems for both Intel and AMD application, the Vendetta offers the easiest to install cooling solution available. Leave the tools alone, because none are required for this upgrade.

OCZ Vendetta Exposed HDT CPU Cooler

OCZ Vendetta Conclusion

OCZ has always known how to deliver flash and flair while remaining focused at presenting the consumer with plenty of useful information in their product packaging. The Vendetta is no different, and the extremely over-protective application of closed-cell foam is almost to the point of being too careful with a product. You'll certainly appreciate receiving a perfect product without blemishes, and the retail package is certainly enough to catch eyes.

Some hardware enthusiasts will scoff at the rear-end appearance OCZ has given their Vendetta. The extended "V" fin plates may not allow a second fan, but then again that would be unnecessary based on the performance we received. The exposed heatpipes formed from polished copper, along with polished aluminum fins lined with effective pebbles, create a look you can't really help but to appreciate the functional fashion OCZ has designed into the Vendetta.

Already built from the rugged design Xigmatek perfected, OCZ has taken a good thing and make it better; something they do quite often it seems. The construction found in the Vendetta is what I expect all CPU coolers to have: visually flawless and structurally sound.

Somehow this little Vendetta proved that size certainly doesn't have to be the focus of functionality. With the extremely positive temperatures we recorded, the OCZ Vendetta exposed a whole new platform of contenders back into the range of top-class cooling product: 92mm.

Available for as low as $36.95 online, the OCZ Vendetta offers the best value Benchmark Reviews has seen in a CPU cooler! If you're looking for a top-class cooler at a mid-range price, then look no more, Vendetta is your answer.

I was extremely pleased with the results Xigmatek's HDT-S1283 offered, but I wasn't so thrilled with the large 120mm size taking up so much space. OCZ really researched their options when they designed the Vendetta, because it packs all of the performance the HDT-S1283 offered with the small 92mm footprint most coolers always seem to exceed. This truly is the performer of the series, with nothing but supplemental technology added to the already proven HDT design to place it firmly at the top of the list.


+ Super-efficient heatpipes
+ Heatpipe Direct Touch design
+ Quiet 92mm PWM cooling fan
+ Hassle-free installation
+ Aluminum plate pebbles increase air contact
+ 8mm copper heatpipe rods
+ Finsink "V" increases surface area
+ Excellent packaging material

Cons:Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award

- Silicon TIM material supplied oxidizes copper
- No spare rubber T-clip supplied


  • Presentation: 9.25
  • Appearance: 9.0
  • Construction: 9.25
  • Functionality: 9.75
  • Value: 9.0

Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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