OCZ Vendetta

OCZ is a name that comes to mind whenever you discuss solutions for computer enthusiasts. In the past the first picture that cropped up when OCZ was mentioned was top-line memory, but in the last few years OCZ has led a movement to diversify to other computer enthusiast offerings.

This started with OCZ power supplies which became leaders in the power supply market and culminated with the acquisition of PC Power and Cooling, which is another well-respected line of enthusiast power supplies. OCZ has also been active in RAM cooling, video cards, coolers, thermal grease, and many other products for the enthusiast.

Coolers are not really a new thing for OCZ, but you do have to reach back a few years when OCZ marketed some of the top coolers. Recently OCZ has made efforts to again become recognized in the cooling market. The Vendetta is a brand new air cooler from OCZ. In fact it is so new that it is difficult to find anyone selling it to get an idea of selling price. However, it appears the street price will be somewhere around $30, which lands it in the midrange of air coolers.


We're accustomed to seeing OCZ orange on their packaging and it's still there as a stripe, but the Vendetta is mainly a sky blue and grey package. In line with other OCZ products, packaging for the Vendetta is simple and straightforward - providing the basic info a buyer might need but without trying to cram everything possible on the box


Inside the package the small Vendetta cooler is well protected by formed foam. The cooler is based on a Xigmatek design and is much smaller than the normal 120mm fan heatpipe tower. The fan is just 92mm in this design and OCZ makes no provisions at all for mounting a larger fan.


Accessories are included that allow the Vendetta to mount to Intel Socket 775 or AMD Socket 754/939/AM2. All that's needed is to attach the mount - very easy with just two screws needed - and attach the 92mm fan.


Of course the problem with smaller fans is that they are often very loud for the air they actually can move compared to large fans. OCZ tries to address this potential issue beginning with the innovative elastomeric mounts used to attach the fan. The plugs fit in slots on the side of the cooler and slits in the elastomer strap fit over "the third fin from the top and the third from the bottom" according to the well-written instructions.


The mounting side has flattened heatpipes that feature "Heatpipe-to-CPU Direct Contact". OCZ seems to imply these might cool better than heatpipes embedded in a mounting base.

Specifications

The OCZ Vendetta is very flexible in supporting Intel Socket 775 and AMD 754/939/AM2. Mounting hardware is included for all supported sockets.

OCZ Vendetta Specifications
Dimensions 79(W) x 97(D) x 134mm(H)
Weight 530g (18.7ounces)
Material Copper heatpipes and aluminum fins
Configuration 6 copper heatpipe tower with direct contact copper heatpipes

OCZ 92mm Fan Specifications
Fan Size 92mm x 92mm x 25mm
Fan Type Ball Bearing
Rated Voltage 12V
Fan Connector 4-pin with PWM
Fan Speed 1200-2800 RPM
Maximum Noise Level 22.0 to 34.0 dBA
Airflow 39.0 to 54.6 CFM

You might want to carefully compare the dimensions of the Vendetta to other tower coolers tested at AnandTech. It really is quite small and relatively lightweight. The cooler also features the 4-pin PWM fan connector, which allows the BIOS settings to control how the adjustable speed fan operates. The fan is rated at 1200-2800 RPM, which is a very broad speed range.

Installation

Attaching the mount is a 2-screw snap, and the fan attaches with the elastomeric strips. Installation is then down to those irritating push-pins on the Intel 775 mount. The push-pins are bad enough, but the ones on the Vendetta mount move all around in their attachment to the mount. This means you have to carefully align the pins so you don't mutilate them while installing.

That's really a shame since the cooler is small enough that you can normally operate the pins with the motherboard mounted - even though some of the pins are still overhung by the cooler. There is the additional step of fiddling with the pin in the hole to make sure the pin will go in straight and not bend. Normal push-pins are bad enough, but we would welcome some push-pins in this mount that don't move all around during mounting.

One suggestion is to mount the heatsink before attaching the fan as it simplifies fiddling with the push-pins. Once mounted with a reassuring click (times four), the Vendetta is solidly attached and very secure on the motherboard, in either horizontal or tower configuration. You can then attach the small fan, plug in the PWM connector, and power up.

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  • rbuffetta - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - link

    Spend the extra $20-30 and get the Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme. Of all the places to cut corners and save money this is really where it counts to protect your cpu and allow for decent overclocks. Reply
  • EtherealDragon - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - link

    As always, it was a nice read, but why oh why would you plot the 2 graphs on page 7 in that manner? Seems funny to me to have the points on the graphs "drop" as the temperature raises... I guess thats just my .02 Reply
  • Wesley Fink - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - link

    It's very easy to change the chart with temp going up if enough readers prefer it. We changed the graph scale after receiving several complaints that the top performance was the lowest chart position on the old charts and difficult to comprehend. If more readers prefer the original chart layout we will be happy to change back. Please let us know. Reply
  • strikeback03 - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - link

    I prefer the old orientation, as it makes sense to me that when you are looking for the cooler with the lowest temperature, you look at the lowest point on the graph. Reply
  • Sentrosi2121 - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - link

    Pretty acceptable for the OCZ cooler. I wonder how it would perform inside an enclosure like the X-Qpack. I'm trying to build a nice gaming rig with the X-Qpack and would like to see if it would fit inside. Reply
  • Basilisk - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - link

    quote:

    I wonder how it would perform inside an enclosure like the X-Qpack.

    Depends on your skill with a hammer and chisel: The X-Qpack (and X-Qpack2 and Ultra Micro Fly) only have about 75mm of headroom above the CPU -- challenging for a 92mm fam mounted perhaps 40mm above the CPU! Go with a Zalman horizontal flower (7000, 7700, 8700), a few other units or just the stock fan in those cases.

    PS: The X-Qpack2 has improved airflow and clearance (length) over the X-Qpack.
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  • Anonymous Freak - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - link

    StorageReview just did a review of the http://www.storagereview.com/1000.sr">Western Digital "Green Power" 1 TB hard drive. While it's not the best performing drive in the world, it's no slouch, and it has the side effect of being the quietest drive they've ever tested. (Plus it runs cool enough that you could probably slap it in a Reply
  • EtherealDragon - Tuesday, October 02, 2007 - link

    As always, it was a nice read, but why oh why would you plot the 2 graphs on page 7 in that manner? Seems funny to me to have the points on the graphs "drop" as the temperature raises... I guess thats just my .02 Reply
  • Phil Harris - Monday, October 01, 2007 - link

    It seems utterly ridiculous to me that these coolers are tested on dual setups.
    If someone looking to build a quad is trying to find useful information, this review is completely pointless.

    A test on a quad however will still provide useful info to someone building a dual core.

    The defence that games don't use quads yet is also totally specious, if thats the reason, why bother testing anything other than dual core machines?

    Lets all ignore quad core computing until we can play games on them... is that the idea?

    This is the second poor quality review in the cases and cooling section within a few weeks, if Anandtech wants to be taken seriously, a serious re-think is required.
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  • Acanthus - Monday, October 01, 2007 - link

    Many enthusiasts that are spending money on components for overclocking have opted for cheap quad cores.

    Sorry to sound frustrated, but this is getting rediculous when we are in the world of $270 quad cores.
    Reply

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