OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler

OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler BoxWe all know OCZ Technology has been a major competitor in the hardware cooling market for a while now even when the best way to keep something cool was to slap a bigger and louder fan on it. Back then, an 80mm was even uncommon which is, well, laughable. OCZ then focused more on their great memory products and not much came out in terms of CPU cooling products.

About OCZ Technology:

“Entering the memory market in August 2000, OCZ Technology was built around the determination to manufacture the best high speed DDR and RDRAM. OCZ was founded by enthusiasts, for enthusiasts, and our commitment to the end-user has not digressed. OCZ Technology has been an innovator in many areas. We were the first manufacturer to make Dual Channel optimized memory available to the public, which originally took advantage of nVidia’s Twinbank or Dual DDR architecture, found in their nForce chipset. We have now taken that technology and tailored it for the Canterwood, and Granite Bay chipset’s. OCZ developed and was the first to implement ULN technology, which has been a critical element in our manufacturing process for some time. We at OCZ diligently work to improve communication with CPU and motherboard chipset manufacturers prior to the release of their products. Only in this manner can we fine-tune our memory’s SPD settings, ensuring a synergistic relationship between the memory module, memory controller, and microprocessor. In today’s rapidly evolving semiconductor industry, such communication is not simply research, but a necessary component of our manufacturing process.”

OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler

More recently, OCZ has re-entered the CPU cooler market with more energy than ever, coming out with three new products – the Vindicator, the Vendetta, and the Vanquisher. The latter of the trio we will be looking at today which also happens to be the newest – the Vanquisher which uses heat pipe technology.

Specifications:

  • Model: Vanquisher
  • Compatibility: AMD Sockets 754/939/AM2, Intel LGA775
  • Exterior Dimensions: Heatsink: (L)72 x (W)110 x (H)134mm
  • Heatsink Description; Copper base, 3x 6mm heatpipes, aluminum fins
  • Fan Description: 92mm square x 25mm tall; frameless, 7-blade impeller
  • Fan Performance: 800-2000RPM via 4-pin PWM connector

The Vanquisher cooler comes in a cardboard box with CAD style artwork. It also shows a list of the features the product has. The Vanquisher is held in a transparent plastic ‘mould’ along with the thermal compound. The LGA 775 brackets are installed already so if you are installing this on an AMD CPU, you will have to change them to the other supplied ones.

OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler Package Contents

The Vanquisher is a tower-style heatsink, with a 92mm fan that can reach 2500 RPM at peak performance. The fan is frameless which apparently lowers turbulence on the blades but it does have a guard to keep wires/fingers from being caught up in the fan. The fan uses a 4-pin PWN connector for power. The fan is physically mounted at its hub directly to the fin assembly so you will have to take apart the fin structure to remove the fan.
The Vanquisher’s heatsink uses three 6mm copper heatpipes on each side to transfer heat from the base to the aluminium fins.

OCZ Vanquisher CPU Cooler Bottom

The Vanquisher’s base has thermal compound pre-applied and if you look at the base for yourself, you will find it isn’t actually that smooth. Some smoothing done to the base would definitely benefit it.
Installation
The test platform for this review is an LGA 775 CPU and motherboard. Thankfully, the Vanquisher cooler comes with the LGA 775 bracket pre-installed. Great success.

Testing & Performance
OCZ’s Vanquisher delivers high-performance cooling for money-minded users, and offers some good features for its price. Not only that, it looks pretty good too. However, proof of its performance is required and there are two important tests – temperature and noise. We’ll compare the Vanquisher to an LGA 775 stock cooler.

Test System
Intel Core 2 Quad Core (Q6700) @ 2.4GHZ Stock
MSI P6N SLI Platinum motherboard
MSI nVidia Geforce 8600 GT graphics card
OCZ EvoExtreme 700w Power Supply
Windows Vista Ultimate Edition x86
Antec P180B

In all testing, only one 120mm fan was left on in the rear of the Antec P180B case. We also wiped both heatsinks of their paste and applied our own Arctic Silver 5 with a pea sized amount spread over as evenly as possible. Each heatsink was tested by first allowing the system approximately 30 minutes to reach its idle temperature, and then hitting the system hard with some Prime95 number crunching to find the peak temperature.

Results

Cooler
Stock
Vanquisher
Temperature
Idle
27
25
Load
43
38

As you can see, at idle, there is only a little 2 degree difference which we weren’t worried about to be honest. However, when the system was under stress running Prime95, the Vanquisher’s discrepancy was increased to an impressive 5 degrees. Remember, we’re cooling a quad core beast here – we were pretty impressed.

The Vanquisher does even better in the noise department. At full blast, the Vanquisher sounds quieter than an 80mm case fan. However, when you add the sounds of other fans, you can barely make it out. The Vanquisher’s fan stayed at around 800-900 RPM idle.

In fact, the Vanquisher is so quiet that we would actually class it as ‘silent’ when it operates along with the rest of your setup. Unfortunately this may not be the same for everyone but basically speaking this thing is damn quiet.

Conclusion
We’d recommend this product for users who like some silence, but don’t uncompromisingly overclock their systems, though the Vanquisher would not have problems with users who do. The 1-year warranty is also nice to have – it should protect you from any defective units.

Our experience with the Vanquisher was definitely a good one but there were some things that people will not be too happy with. For example, the Vanquisher’s fan isn’t removable or replaceable, so if you don’t like the fan, too bad really. So what if the fan fails out of warranty? Well that would mean a visit to Tech Gear again to see if there are any other CPU coolers that attract you because you will want to change it, sadly. But honestly, don’t let that put you off.

So to conclude, we think the Vanquisher is a great offering from OCZ and definitely value for money. It’s a cooler you should consider if you aren’t an aggressive overclocker and you like some peace and quiet.

Pros:

  • Value for money
  • Very quiet
  • Low temperatures achieved
  • Attractive looking

Cons:

  • Socket AM2 mounting lacks flexibility
  • Base not smooth
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