Installing the ETD-T60-TB is overall very simple and effective. It requires a bit more assembly than many other coolers, but I found it easier to assemble when it came to actually installing it on the board. Since we change coolers very often, we install with the motherboard still installed in the case, so any cooler that is as easy as possible to actually install onto the motherboard is always appreciated, even if it takes a bit long to install the cooler hardware itself. The mounting system applies firm, even pressure, and wasn't an issue to install with only one person. We did have some slight clearance issues with our MSI P67A-GD55, so the cooler rubbed against our RAM a bit more than we were comfortable with, so we moved the modules to the 3/4 slots. Normal RAM without tall heatsinks like our Patriot Viper Xtreme sticks shouldn't have any clearance issues, however (depending upon the motherboard).
|CPU:||Intel i5 2300|
|RAM:||2x4GB Patriot Viper Xtreme II 1600MHz DDR3|
|GPU:||eVGA GTX 560 Ti Crysis Edition|
|OS HDD:||Patriot Pyro 60GB SSD|
|Secondary HDD:||Patriot Wildfire 120GB SSD|
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.
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.
We can see from our results that the Enermax ETD-T60-TB performs very well in our various tests. It performs quite well at idle, and performs at the 3rd best we've tested in our load tests, with the top one being a two-fan cooler in push-pull. It is also the best performing top-flow cooler we've used to date, and performed better than several large tower coolers. What the results don't show is the added cooling benefits that the top-flow cooler gives to the North Bridge, RAM, and other motherboard components. These are impressive attributes for a top-flow cooler in a market that still vastly favors the tower cooling form factor.
A few other notes pertaining to the ETD-T60-TB is that the T.B. Silence fan which is included runs smooth, and very quiet. It also pushes an excellent amount of air and generates a very good amount of pressure through the fins. Also noteworthy pertaining to the cooler base is that the the ETD-T60-TB created the most even cooling of any cooler we've tested, with 3/4 cores consistently at the same temperature, and the other core consistently a couple degrees higher, which tells us that the base cools and contacts very evenly.