Akasa Venom Voodoo Universal CPU Cooler Review - Installation and Testing

 

Installation

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Akasa's installation system is very intuitive, and installation was overall quite easy.  As with most large coolers, clearances must be taken into account.  Particularly when using RAM with high-profile heatsinks, such as our Viper Xtremes, RAM clearance becomes the primary worry.  We were able to fit the pushing fan in fairly easily, although the clearance is fairly tight.  It may also vary by motherboard, but since it fit over the top of my large-heatsinks on my RAM, I'd say that the Voodoo was well thought out, and clearance shouldn't be an issue, but check the dimensions against those of your motherboard and RAM to be certain.

 

Testing

Test System:

CPU: Intel i5 2300
Motherboard: MSI P67A-GD55
RAM: 2x2GB Patriot Viper Xtreme 1600MHz DDR3
GPU: BFG GTX 275
OS HDD: Patriot Pyro 60GB SSD

 

Idle Testing

For idle testing, we booted up the system, allowed the CPU to stabilized at ~0% usage, and then tested for at least 10 minutes, and we used RealTemp to record the CPU temperatures once the temperatures were stable.  The single temperature recorded was the average between the four cores.

Idle Temperatures

 

Load Testing

For our load tests, we used Prime95 to stress the CPU to 100%, and let it run that way until the temperatures became stable, and then used RealTemp to record the temperatures.

Load Temperatures

 

Results

As we can see from these results, the Akasa Venom Voodoo performs very well.  We were impressed by the Coolermaster Hyper 612 PWM, and were rather surprised to see a fair margin of improvement by the Voodoo from it.  One aspect to consider is that the Voodoo also has two fans, whereas the other coolers on the list only used one fan.  Nonetheless, given the price of the Hyper 612 PWM ($49.99) and the Akasa Voodoo ($59.99), the Voodoo provides a significant performance/price benefit over many coolers in its range.  And for many, paying $10 extra for an additional 2-2.5°C is a no-brainer, as that extra cooling performance might be the difference between an average overclock and a great one. The large, exposed heatpipes appear to work quite well despite some of the surface irregularities we pointed out previously.

I should add that despite having two fans, the Voodoo is still a pleasantly quiet cooler.  It adds negligibly to the noise outside of the case, as there was little difference when turning the fan speeds all the way down with our fan controller.  It looks "mean" and aggressive in your case, and the molded plastic cap adds a little bit of extra character to an otherwise ordinary component.

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