The Enermax ETD-T60-TB comes in a simple light blue and white box with a clear window showing off its fan's unique blade geometry. It lists specs, features, and has picture describing its innovative features. The internal contents are nicely separated and the cooler is well protected.
In addition to the cooler, an installation manual and all necessary mounting hardware for both Intel and AMD sockets are included, as well as a small syringe of thermal paste.
One of the first things that caught my eye about the ETD-T60-TB is its unique T.B. Silence fan with its unique "batwing" blade design. We will go into more detail in a bit, but we also see that the entire cooler is nickel-plated copper to prevent corrosion that copper is prone to. The heatpipes extend from both sides, with two of them following the cooler's contour tightly to ensure clearance. This has an added of benefit of having a large surface area exposed directly to the airflow, allowing heat to be quickly extracted from the heatpipe before reaching the heatsink fins.
The fins also have bent tabs on the sides which keep the fins evenly spaced and prevent bending, as well as preventing flow leakage through the fins which better directs airflow, and hence better heat transfer. Enermax also boasts their patented VFG (Vortex Generator Flow) to increase convection in the airflow between the fins to more effectively wick heat away from the fins and heatpipes. They also claim patented air channeling which induces what they call VEF (Vacuum Effect Flow) to further increase airflow and minimize stagnation between the fins. The fins are also spaced a slightly from the fan itself to prevent flow stagnation by choking the flow from the fan chassis before it is able to make it between the fins.
And for a little flash, a textured "Enermax" logo is on the side of the fins, which is pleasantly subtle.
The nickel-plated copper base is finished to a mirror-like shine, and is exceptionally flat, which ensures even contact across the CPU. We will make a comment about this more in the Testing Results section.
The included T.B. Silence cooler is one of my favorite parts of the ETD-T60-TB, from its looks to its performance. A fan is capable of taking a good cooler to a greater level, and I'm happy to see Enermax including a high quality fan here. The "batwing" design attributes an extra 20-30% airflow improvement, as claimed by Enermax. This additional airflow is due to the aerodynamic benefits of the "batwing" design, which prevents air from flowing to the tips of the blades, where they bleed over in a swirling fashion (also know as a vortex). Its these vortices that contribute to a large portion of fan noise, and greatly decreases the effectiveness of the fan to produce airflow. Enermax's unique blade design hits two birds with one stone with their design, and the notable features of the fan don't end there. It also has a modular fan chassis with an aluminum ring with "Enermax" cut out of it, as well as a very nicely braided cable which looks very neat and clean. The T.B. silence also has an easily removable fan for simple and quick cleaning, it simply pulls off the hub for cleaning.
My indicators for fan longevity are what I like to call "free spin." Spinning the blades by hand, seeing how long the fan spins, and feeling the vibrations allow you to learn alot about how well the fan will stand the test of time, and also how much vibration noise it will make. The T.B. Silence uses magnets to stabilize the fan, which means its smooth and spins for a very long time. There is little rotational resistance, and I was very pleased with what I observed. We will talk about fan performance more in the Testing section on the next page.