Enermax ETD-T60-VD CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Otto Coelho
on January 9, 2012
The Enermax ETD-T60-VD is a CPU cooler with a horizontal heatsink, six heatpipes and a 120 mm fancy fan with LEDs. Let’s test it and see how well it performs.
The ETD-T60-VD comes in a box with two transparent windows that allow you to see part of the cooler, as shown in Figure 1.
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Figure 1: Package
Figure 2 shows the contents of the box: the cooler itself, a small tube of thermal compound, a manual, and installation hardware.
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Figure 2: Accessories
Figure 3 displays the Enermax ETD-T60-VD.
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Figure 3: The Enermax ETD-T60-VD
This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.
Figure 4 illustrates the front of the cooler. Here you can see two heatpipes entering the heatsink, and the tips of four other heatpipes.
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Figure 4: Front view
Figure 5 reveals the side of the cooler. Notice that the heatsink is shifted from the base; it is intended to stay over the voltage regulator circuit of the motherboard, helping to cool it.
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Figure 5: Side view
The rear of the cooler is shown in Figure 6. Here, four heatpipes enter the heatsink; you can see the tips of the other two.
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Figure 6: Rear view
In Figure 7, you can see the cooler from the top, where the T.B.VEGAS Duo 120 mm fan is located.
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Figure 7: Top view
The bottom of the cooler is seen in Figure 8. Here you have an idea of the shape of the nickel-plated heatpipes.
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Figure 8: Bottom view
In Figure 9, you can see the heatsink without the fan.
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Figure 9: The heatsink
Figure 10 shows the fan that comes installed into a plastic frame. This fan has PWM control. Its most remarkable feature is the set of red and blue LEDs around the inner side. The button shown on the right side of the picture changes the LED mode between a solid color (red, blue or purple), flashing, and circulating lights. Casemodders will love this fan.
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Figure 10: Fan
Figure 11 reveals the base of the cooler, which has a mirrored look.
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Figure 11: Base
To install the ETD-T60-VD, first screw the metal clips to the base of the cooler, as shown in Figure 12.
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Figure 12: Clips
Then put the cooler over the CPU, place the backplate on the solder side of the motherboard, and secure it with four nuts, as shown in Figure 13.
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Figure 13: Backplate
Figure 14 shows the cooler installed, without the fan. Notice it doesn’t interfere with the memory sockets.
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Figure 14: Heatsink installed
In Figure 15, you can see the cooler with the fan turned on. There are several “special effects” that you can achieve with the fan LEDs.
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Figure 15: The CPU cooler turned on
We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.
We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)
We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.
Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.
Hardware Configuration
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Error Margin
We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.
The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.
Idle Processor | Processor at Full Load | ||||||
Cooler | Room Temp. | Noise | Speed | Core Temp. | Noise | Speed | Core Temp. |
Intel stock (socket LGA1156) | 14 °C | 44 dBA | 1700 rpm | 46 °C | 54 dBA | 2500 rpm | 90 °C |
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 | 14 °C | 47 dBA | 2050 rpm | 33 °C | 56 dBA | 2900 rpm | 62 °C |
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme | 14 °C | 45 dBA | 1400 rpm | 27 °C | 53 dBA | 1950 rpm | 51 °C |
Thermaltake Silent 1156 | 14 °C | 44 dBA | 1200 rpm | 38 °C | 49 dBA | 1750 rpm | 69 °C |
Noctua NH-D14 | 14 °C | 49 dBA | 1250 rpm | 27 °C | 49 dBA | 1250 rpm | 53 °C |
Zalman CNPS10X Performa | 14 °C | 46 dBA | 1500 rpm | 28 °C | 52 dBA | 1950 rpm | 54 °C |
Prolimatech Megahalems | 14 °C | 40 dBA | 750 rpm | 27 °C | 60 dBA | 2550 rpm | 50 °C |
Thermaltake Frio | 14 °C | 46 dBA | 1450 rpm | 27 °C | 60 dBA | 2500 rpm | 50 °C |
Prolimatech Samuel 17 | 14 °C | 40 dBA | 750 rpm | 40 °C | 60 dBA | 2550 rpm | 63 °C |
Zalman CNPS8000A | 18 °C | 43 dBA | 1400 rpm | 39 °C | 54 dBA | 2500 rpm | 70 °C |
Spire TherMax Eclipse II | 14 °C | 55 dBA | 2200 rpm | 28 °C | 55 dBA | 2200 rpm | 53 °C |
Scythe Ninja3 | 17 °C | 39 dBA | 700 rpm | 32 °C | 55 dBA | 1800 rpm | 57 °C |
Corsair A50 | 18 °C | 52 dBA | 1900 rpm | 33 °C | 52 dBA | 1900 rpm | 60 °C |
Thermaltake Jing | 18 °C | 44 dBA | 850 rpm | 34 °C | 49 dBA | 1300 rpm | 60 °C |
GlacialTech Alaska | 18 °C | 43 dBA | 1150 rpm | 36 °C | 51 dBA | 1600 rpm | 60 °C |
Deepcool Gamer Storm | 18 °C | 43 dBA | 1100 rpm | 35 °C | 48 dBA | 1600 rpm | 62 °C |
Corsair A70 | 26 °C | 56 dBA | 1900 rpm | 40 °C | 56 dBA | 1900 rpm | 65 °C |
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro | 23 °C | 45 dBA | 1200 rpm | 38 °C | 52 dBA | 1500 rpm | 64 °C |
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 | 23 °C | 47 dBA | 1750 rpm | 44 °C | 51 dBA | 2100 rpm | 77 °C |
Corsair H70 | 27 °C | 60 dBA | 1900 rpm | 37 °C | 60 dBA | 1900 rpm | 61 °C |
Zalman CNPS9900 Max | 27 °C | 55 dBA | 1600 rpm | 38 °C | 58 dBA | 1750 rpm | 63 °C |
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP | 25 °C | 45 dBA | 1700 rpm | 51 °C | 49 dBA | 1950 rpm | 91 °C |
CoolIT Vantage | 26 °C | 60 dBA | 2500 rpm | 37 °C | 60 dBA | 2500 rpm | 62 °C |
Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 | 25 °C | 46 dBA | 1100 rpm | 41 °C | 53 dBA | 1300 rpm | 69 °C |
Titan Hati | 26 °C | 46 dBA | 1500 rpm | 40 °C | 57 dBA | 2450 rpm | 68 °C |
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 | 27 °C | 49 dBA | 1950 rpm | 41 °C | 53 dBA | 2300 rpm | 70 °C |
Noctua NH-C14 | 26 °C | 52 dBA | 1300 rpm | 37 °C | 52 dBA | 1300 rpm | 61 °C |
Intel XTS100H | 26 °C | 49 dBA | 1200 rpm | 42 °C | 64 dBA | 2600 rpm | 68 °C |
Zalman CNPS5X SZ | 23 °C | 52 dBA | 2250 rpm | 38 °C | 57 dBA | 2950 rpm | 69 °C |
Thermaltake SlimX3 | 21 °C | 50 dBA | 2700 rpm | 46 °C | 50 dBA | 2750 rpm | 99 °C |
Cooler Master Hyper 101 | 21 °C | 50 dBA | 2600 rpm | 38 °C | 57 dBA | 3300 rpm | 71 °C |
Antec Kühler H_{2}O 620 | 19 °C | 52 dBA | 1400 rpm | 34 °C | 55 dBA | 1400 rpm | 58 °C |
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro | 20 °C | 46 dBA | 1100 rpm | 36 °C | 49 dBA | 1300 rpm | 62 °C |
GlacialTech Siberia | 22 °C | 49 dBA | 1400 rpm | 34 °C | 49 dBA | 1400 rpm | 61 °C |
Evercool Transformer 3 | 18 °C | 46 dBA | 1800 rpm | 33 °C | 51 dBA | 2250 rpm | 65 °C |
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme | 20 °C | 51 dBA | 1850 rpm | 34 °C | 56 dBA | 2050 rpm | 61 °C |
Thermaltake Frio OCK | 15 °C | 44 dBA | 1000 rpm | 27 °C | 64 dBA | 2200 rpm | 51 °C |
Prolimatech Genesis | 18 °C | 49 dBA | 1050 rpm | 30 °C | 49 dBA | 1050 rpm | 54 °C |
Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev. 2 | 15 °C | 41 dBA | 1050 rpm | 32 °C | 44 dBA | 1400 rpm | 60 °C |
NZXT HAVIK 140 | 16 °C | 48 dBA | 1250 rpm | 29 °C | 49 dBA | 1250 rpm | 55 °C |
Antec Kühler H_{2}O 920 | 18 °C | 41 dBA | 650 rpm | 29 °C | 64 dBA | 2500 rpm | 49 °C |
Zalman CNP7X LED | 18 °C | 45 dBA | 1950 rpm | 33 °C | 48 dBA | 2150 rpm | 58 °C |
EVGA Superclock | 14 °C | 43 dBA | 1300 rpm | 27 °C | 58 dBA | 2350 rpm | 47 °C |
Evercool Transformer 4 | 15 °C | 46 dBA | 1500 rpm | 26 °C | 53 dBA | 1950 rpm | 52 °C |
Xigmatek Dark Knight | 18 °C | 47 dBA | 1700 rpm | 30 °C | 53 dBA | 2150 rpm | 57 °C |
Xigmatek Aegir | 15 °C | 44 dBA | 1500 rpm | 27 °C | 50 dBA | 1950 rpm | 52 °C |
Cooler Master GeminII S524 | 16 °C | 45 dBA | 1300 rpm | 29 °C | 53 dBA | 1800 rpm | 58 °C |
Enermax ETS-T40-TA | 16 °C | 40 dBA | 1050 rpm | 28 °C | 48 dBA | 1800 rpm | 55 °C |
Corsair H80 | 14 °C | 42 dBA | 2150 rpm | 25 °C | 52 dBA | 2150 rpm | 47 °C |
Akasa Venom Voodoo | 13 °C | 40 dBA | 1000 rpm | 26 °C | 48 dBA | 1500 rpm | 51 °C |
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer | 15 °C | 44 dBA | 1500 rpm | 30 °C | 50 dBA | 2000 rpm | 55 °C |
Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM | 19 °C | 45 dBA | 1400 rpm | 30 °C | 52 dBA | 1900 rpm | 54 °C |
Xigmatek Loki | 17 °C | 44 dBA | 1850 rpm | 34 °C | 55 dBA | 2750 rpm | 60 °C |
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO | 14 °C | 44 dBA | 1250 rpm | 26 °C | 50 dBA | 1750 rpm | 50 °C |
Xigmatek Gaia | 17 °C | 44 dBA | 1250 rpm | 32 °C | 46 dBA | 1500 rpm | 61 °C |
Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-92 | 21 °C | 48 dBA | 2050 rpm | 37 °C | 54 dBA | 2600 rpm | 68 °C |
Thermalright True Spirit 120 | 16 °C | 41 dBA | 1000 rpm | 30 °C | 46 dBA | 1400 rpm | 55 °C |
Corsair H100 | 20 °C | 55 dBA | 2000 rpm | 29 °C | 59 dBA | 2000 rpm | 50 °C |
Zalman CNPS12X | 20 °C | 47 dBA | 1200 rpm | 31 °C | 47 dBA | 1200 rpm | 58 °C |
Thermalright Macho | 23 °C | 41 dBA | 1100 rpm | 36 ° C | 44 dBA | 1300 rpm | 61 °C |
NZXT HAVIK 120 | 21 °C | 55 dBA | 1800 rpm | 37 °C | 55 dBA | 1800 rpm | 66 °C |
Zalman CNPS11X Performa | 19 °C | 44 dBA | 1450 rpm | 30 °C | 48 dBA | 1600 rpm | 57 °C |
Enermax ETD-T60-VD | 24 °C | 46 dBA | 1400 rpm | 37 °C | 54 dBA | 1900 rpm | 63 °C |
In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.
The main specifications for the Enermax ETD-T60-VD CPU cooler include:
* Researched at Newegg.com in the day we published this review.
For a horizontal CPU cooler, the Enermax ETD-T60-VD is a great product with excellent cooling performance. It also has a great look, especially if you are adept at casemodding or if you like fancy flashing lights inside your computer.
It is great to see that there are horizontal coolers with good performance, since most tower coolers are about 6.3 inches (160 mm) high, and the ETD-T60-VD is only 4.5 inches (115 mm), for instance. Users with slim cases have now a high-performing choice.
If you prefer a more sober look inside your computer, you may pick the Enermax ETD-T60-TB, which has the same heatsink, but comes with a solid black fan.
Due to its great look and performance, the Enermax ETD-T60-VD receives the Hardware Secrets Golden Award.
Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Enermax-ETD-T60-VD-CPU-Cooler-Review/1467