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OCZ Vendetta, Freeze Paste

OCZ Vendetta, Freeze Paste


As we have stated before there are four things that we look for in a CPU cooler and they are:

Does it install easily?
Is it reasonably light?
Does it perform as well as existing coolers?
Is it quiet?

OCZ have no problems with the first two items on the list. The use of standard Socket 775 fixings makes life easy but some pre-assembly is required. The cooler is also reasonably light, and comparable to other similarly sized units.  Performance of the Vendetta was impressive and at all times it remained within a degree or two of the Freezer 7 Pro and in the all important load tests the temperatures were identical. As noted earlier this performance level is achieved through the use of a slightly faster fan than that used by Arctic Cooling, noise levels on paper are quite similar but through subjective testing we would have to say that there is slightly more noise created by the Vendetta. The noise is nothing out of the ordinary and certainly quieter than a stock Intel cooler, but the difference is noticeable. Of course one of the strong points of the OCZ model is its versatility and the options are there to change the fan easily, or use the cooler on pretty much any recent desktop CPU. This is not possible with the Arctic Cooling model.

Both coolers feel robust and should run for many years to come but it is worth noting that OCZ offer a 2-year warranty on the Vendetta which does not compare favourably to the Freezer 7 Pro which has a 6-year warranty. Hopefully OCZ can match this soon.

Before we finish up, a few words on the OCZ Freeze thermal paste. It would be fair to say that we did not believe it would be able to compete with the excellent MX-2 compound prior to testing but the results speak for themselves. The Freeze paste outperformed the MX-2 and did so straight out of the box, as claimed by OCZ. A very impressive achievement.

OCZ Vendetta Cooler

OCZ Freeze Paste

Vendetta Cooler $26.99 // £19.77

Freeze Paste $6.49 // £5.23

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