Zaward Vapor 120

Mar 15th, 2010 | By Chris

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The following system configuration will be used to test the various coolers:

  • ASUS P5WD2
  • NZXT Lexa S
  • Intel Pentium D 925 @ 3.00GHz
  • OCZ EL Platinum Rev.2 2x1024MB @ 4-4-4-15, 400MHz
  • FSP Everest 800w
  • ATi Visiontech HD3850
  • Seagate Barracuda 80GB
  • Windows 7 Home Premium

First off, the Pentium D is outdated hardware; so why did I choose it for this test? Mainly, because it runs hot. Being a dual core CPU running at 3.00GHz, with old 65nm fabrication, heat is inevitable. Using a more modern CPU, however, would run much cooler, and the heat sinks would “catch up” so to speak, and the differing performance between them wouldn’t be as substantial.

For the test, I will have the processor idle for two hours. Once the two hours are done, I will record the temperatures of the CPU core. I will then stress the CPU with two instances of SP2004 for two hours. Temperatures will be recorded again.

  • The Coolers:

  • Zaward Vapor 120
  • Stock cooler
  • Evercool Transformer 4
  • Cooler Master V8
  • OCZ Vendetta 2
  • OCZ Gladiator Max

The ambient room temperature is 20 degrees Celsius

Here are the results:

Idle

The Vapor 120 is a strong performer and ties with the V8 for second place at 32 degrees, which is only 2 degrees hotter than the Transformer 4, but also a full 14 degrees cooler than the stock heat sink. Let’s apply the pressure and see what happens…

Load

Heating things up, the Vapor 120 goes all the way up to 54 degrees; 22 degrees hotter than idling. The Vapor 120 running 21 degrees cooler than the stock heat sink, which is now at 73 degrees, is a definite upgrade, however. Unfortunately, it’s still 8 degrees behind the leader, the Evercool Transformer 4.

During all tests, the fan was running at its full 2000rpm. Positioning myself 10 feet away from the whirring fan, I can still distinguish it from all other components running. While it isn’t screaming fast, the rush of air is still audible nonetheless.

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