OCZ Vendetta 2 CPU Cooler
Author: Rutledge Feman
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 04-20-2008
Provided by: OCZ Technology

There are a lot of heatsink/fans out there these days. Lately, I've had more than a few people come up to me and ask me what the best one was, and I couldn't come up with a solid answer. When I think about CPU cooling, a few all-star brand-names come to mind: Thermalright, Noctua, Tuniq, Zalman... and the list goes on. It's hard to pick just one, and depending on the user, different coolers take the advantage. One thing is for sure, though, and it's that OCZ Technology is not one of those companies that come to mind.

OCZ has never been a major player in the CPU cooling industry, but lately they have moved in strong. At CES 2007, they showed off preliminary models of their Cryo-Z phase change cooler, as well as some of their soon-to-be-released air coolers. A little more than a year later now, they have released four air coolers: the Vanquisher, the Vindicator, the Vendetta, which we reviewed back in November, and the Vendetta 2, which we have for review today.

The original OCZ Vendetta was sized for a 92mm fan. The Vendetta 2 is not so much a second revision of this cooler, but rather a 120mm version of the same design. It arrives in a similar box, with a sneak peek of the fan on the front, and features and specifications on the sides and back. Complete specifications, borrowed from the OCZ website, are below:

These specifications are comparable to most coolers out there: three copper heat pipes, 120mm PWM fan and aluminum fins. There are a few special features here, though, that are considered to be the latest technologies in cooling. One of these features is the HDT base design on the Vendetta 2. HDT stands for heat pipe direct touch, which means that the three heat pipes in the cooler lie flush with the base, and make contact with the CPU itself, ideally making for more efficient heat transfer. The other new feature that OCZ employs on the Vendetta 2 is dimpled fins. The dimples on the fins cause turbulence, preventing jet-streaming of air over the fins, keeping the fan as effective as possible. Dimples also add surface area to the fins, increasing cooling capacity.

All of this looks great on paper, but can the OCZ Vendetta 2 really keep up with the best? Continue on as we find outů

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