OCZ Vendetta HSF review

In September OCZ Technology released two new processor coolers for the latest AMD and Intel processors: the Vanquisher and the Vendetta. Both are pretty compact and affordable coolers which should do a good job at keeping your processor cool. In this review, I'm taking a closer look at the OCZ Vendetta HSF to see how good this heatsink cools.

There's no reference on OCZ's website why they called this heatsink Vendetta but I think it could be an homage to "V for Vendetta", a pretty inspiring movie (and also a comic book series) about freedom which was released in 2006. The main character in this movie is a freedom fighter which is known as "V", a letter that is somewhat prominently featured in the design of the Vendetta heatsink.

The heatsink features a folded V-shape macro-configuration of the aluminum fins which increases the surface area of the heatsink. The design of the heatsink is also inspired by the Xigmatek HDT-S1283 cooler as it features three large heatpipes which make direct contact with the base of your processor.

Here's a look at the retail packaging of the OCZ Vendetta. The cooler arrives in a blue box and is protected by lots of foam.

Inside you'll find the heatsink, a 92mm fan, a short manual and mounting tools.

Before we move on to the cooler here's a look at the mounting hardware. There's mounting equipment for the AMD 754/755/939/AM2 and Intel LGA775 processors, four rubber connectors to mount the fan to the heatsink, a small bag with thermal compound, two screws for the LGA775 clips and an adapter to connect the fan to a Molex connector if you don't have a 4-pin fan header on your motherboard.

First lets take a look at the specifications:
  • For Sockets AMD 754/755/939/AM2, Intel LGA775
  • 3 Pure Copper heat pipes for superior heat dissipation
  • Pure Aluminum fins for ultimate durability
  • 1 year warranty
    Fan Specs:
  • Size: 92mm
  • Rated Voltage: 12V DC
  • Fan Speed: 1200-2800RPM
  • Fan Air Flow: 39-54.6 CFM
  • Noise Level: 22-34 dBA
  • Bearing type: ball
  • Connector: 4 pin with PWM
  • Heatsink: (L) 97 x (W) 79 x (H) 134mm
  • When I unpacked the cooler one of the first things I noticed was the size of this cooler. It's pretty compact and fairly light compared to some of my previous coolers like the Noctua NH-U12F HSF. That's a good thing if you don't have a lot of space in your case but it also worried me a bit about how well the cooler would be able to dissipate heat compared to the bigger heatsinks which can fit 120mm fans.

    Added: October 7th 2007
    Product reviewed: OCZ Vendetta HSF
    Reviewer: Thomas De Maesschalck
    Score: 8/10
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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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