Enermax ETD-T60-VD CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Coelho on January 9, 2012


Introduction

Hardware Secrets Golden Award

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.

The Enermax ETD-T60-VD

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 Enermax ETD-T60-VD (Cont’d)

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

Installation

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

How We Tested

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.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn't interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which isn't the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

Our Tests

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

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseSpeedCore Temp.

Noise

SpeedCore Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156)14 °C44 dBA1700 rpm46 °C54 dBA2500 rpm90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G114 °C47 dBA2050 rpm33 °C56 dBA2900 rpm62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme14 °C45 dBA1400 rpm27 °C53 dBA1950 rpm51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 115614 °C44 dBA1200 rpm38 °C49 dBA1750 rpm69 °C
Noctua NH-D1414 °C49 dBA1250 rpm27 °C49 dBA 1250 rpm53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa14 °C46 dBA1500 rpm28 °C52 dBA1950 rpm54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems14 °C40 dBA750 rpm27 °C60 dBA2550 rpm50 °C
Thermaltake Frio14 °C46 dBA1450 rpm27 °C60 dBA2500 rpm50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 1714 °C40 dBA750 rpm40 °C60 dBA2550 rpm63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A18 °C43 dBA1400 rpm39 °C54 dBA2500 rpm70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II14 °C55 dBA2200 rpm28 °C55 dBA2200 rpm53 °C
Scythe Ninja317 °C39 dBA700 rpm32 °C55 dBA1800 rpm57 °C
Corsair A5018 °C52 dBA1900 rpm33 °C52 dBA1900 rpm60 °C
Thermaltake Jing18 °C44 dBA850 rpm34 °C49 dBA1300 rpm60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska18 °C43 dBA1150 rpm36 °C51 dBA1600 rpm60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm18 °C43 dBA1100 rpm35 °C48 dBA1600 rpm62 °C
Corsair A7026 °C56 dBA1900 rpm40 °C56 dBA1900 rpm65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro23 °C45 dBA1200 rpm38 °C52 dBA1500 rpm64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 223 °C47 dBA1750 rpm44 °C51 dBA2100 rpm77 °C
Corsair H7027 °C60 dBA1900 rpm37 °C60 dBA1900 rpm61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max27 °C55 dBA1600 rpm38 °C58 dBA1750 rpm63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP25 °C45 dBA1700 rpm51 °C49 dBA1950 rpm91 °C
CoolIT Vantage26 °C60 dBA2500 rpm37 °C60 dBA2500 rpm62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 60025 °C46 dBA1100 rpm41 °C53 dBA1300 rpm69 °C
Titan Hati26 °C46 dBA1500 rpm40 °C57 dBA2450 rpm68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 1327 °C49 dBA1950 rpm41 °C53 dBA2300 rpm70 °C
Noctua NH-C1426 °C52 dBA1300 rpm37 °C52 dBA1300 rpm61 °C
Intel XTS100H26 °C49 dBA1200 rpm42 °C64 dBA2600 rpm68 °C
Zalman CNPS5X SZ23 °C52 dBA2250 rpm38 °C57 dBA2950 rpm69 °C
Thermaltake SlimX321 °C50 dBA2700 rpm46 °C50 dBA2750 rpm99 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 10121 °C50 dBA2600 rpm38 °C57 dBA3300 rpm71 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 62019 °C52 dBA1400 rpm34 °C55 dBA1400 rpm58 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro20 °C46 dBA1100 rpm36 °C49 dBA1300 rpm62 °C
GlacialTech Siberia22 °C49 dBA1400 rpm34 °C49 dBA1400 rpm61 °C
Evercool Transformer 318 °C46 dBA1800 rpm33 °C51 dBA2250 rpm65 °C
Zalman CNPS11X Extreme20 °C51 dBA1850 rpm34 °C56 dBA2050 rpm61 °C
Thermaltake Frio OCK15 °C44 dBA1000 rpm27 °C64 dBA2200 rpm51 °C
Prolimatech Genesis18 °C49 dBA1050 rpm30 °C49 dBA1050 rpm54 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer XTREME Rev. 215 °C41 dBA1050 rpm32 °C44 dBA1400 rpm60 °C
NZXT HAVIK 14016 °C48 dBA1250 rpm29 °C49 dBA1250 rpm55 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 92018 °C41 dBA650 rpm29 °C64 dBA2500 rpm49 °C
Zalman CNP7X LED18 °C45 dBA1950 rpm33 °C48 dBA2150 rpm58 °C
EVGA Superclock14 °C43 dBA1300 rpm27 °C58 dBA2350 rpm47 °C
Evercool Transformer 415 °C46 dBA1500 rpm26 °C53 dBA1950 rpm52 °C
Xigmatek Dark Knight18 °C47 dBA1700 rpm30 °C53 dBA2150 rpm57 °C
Xigmatek Aegir15 °C44 dBA1500 rpm27 °C50 dBA1950 rpm52 °C
Cooler Master GeminII S52416 °C45 dBA1300 rpm29 °C53 dBA1800 rpm58 °C
Enermax ETS-T40-TA16 °C40 dBA1050 rpm28 °C48 dBA1800 rpm55 °C
Corsair H8014 °C42 dBA2150 rpm25 °C52 dBA2150 rpm47 °C
Akasa Venom Voodoo13 °C40 dBA1000 rpm26 °C48 dBA1500 rpm51 °C
Xigmatek Thor's Hammer15 °C44 dBA1500 rpm30 °C50 dBA2000 rpm55 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 612 PWM19 °C45 dBA1400 rpm30 °C52 dBA1900 rpm54 °C
Xigmatek Loki17 °C44 dBA1850 rpm34 °C55 dBA2750 rpm60 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO14 °C44 dBA1250 rpm26 °C50 dBA1750 rpm50 °C
Xigmatek Gaia17 °C44 dBA1250 rpm32 °C46 dBA1500 rpm61 °C
Rosewill RCX-ZAIO-9221 °C48 dBA2050 rpm37 °C54 dBA2600 rpm68 °C
Thermalright True Spirit 12016 °C41 dBA1000 rpm30 °C46 dBA1400 rpm55 °C
Corsair H10020 °C55 dBA2000 rpm29 °C59 dBA2000 rpm50 °C
Zalman CNPS12X20 °C47 dBA1200 rpm31 °C47 dBA1200 rpm58 °C
Thermalright Macho23 °C41 dBA1100 rpm36 ° C44 dBA1300 rpm61 °C
NZXT HAVIK 12021 °C55 dBA1800 rpm37 °C55 dBA1800 rpm66 °C
Zalman CNPS11X Performa19 °C44 dBA1450 rpm30 °C48 dBA1600 rpm57 °C
Enermax ETD-T60-VD24 °C46 dBA1400 rpm37 °C54 dBA1900 rpm63 °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.

Enermax ETD-T60-VD

Main Specifications

The main specifications for the Enermax ETD-T60-VD CPU cooler include:

* Researched at Newegg.com in the day we published this review.

Conclusions

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


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