Enermax ETD-T60-TB Top Flow CPU Cooler Review - Final Thoughts

 

Final Thoughts

Top flow coolers are slowly gaining in popularity, and the number of top flow coolers continues to increase.  They contribute added cooling to motherboard components and RAM which providing a large cooling area without running the risk of side clearance on cases.  Enermax's ETD-T60-TB is the best top flow cooler we have tested to date, and there are several key features which have us excited about it.  Spearheading it is their T.B. Silence fan, which has its unique "batwing" design which increases airflow and reduces the noise produced by the blades.  The fan is also magnetically stabilized and has an attractive aluminum chassis ring, and the blades can even be easily removed for quick and convenient cleaning.  Enermax also employs some created aerodynamic "trickery" by inducing turbulence in the form of vortices between the blades to increase convection between the fins, increasing heat transfer.  They also use what they call "vacuum effect flow" to pull more air through the fins, and the fin geometry is optimized to prevent flow stagnation.  The base is smooth, and the mounting system provides easy, firm, and even installation, as we saw more even cooling with the ETD-T60-TB than any other previous cooler.

Bringing all of these features together and topping it off, it is a performer in the absolute sense of the word.  It bests many large tower coolers, beaten only by a couple of the best tower coolers (one of which uses two fans) we've ever tested, and stands as the king of top flow coolers we have tested thus far!

 

Pros:

  • Quiet operation (excellent included fan)
  • Easy, firm, and even installation
  • Unique fin design increases airflow and heat transfer
  • Smooth, polished nickel-plated base
  • "Collateral Cooling" of RAM, NB, and other motherboard components
  • Excellent performance

Cons:

  • Clearance issued with high-profile RAM heatsinks

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# Taylor 2012-07-02 20:13
Hey I was just curious.. How far is the CPU slot from the RAM? I am considering getting this CPU Heatsink/Fan and I nervous about clearance issues.. Currently have a Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Rev 2.0 motherboard.. and Kingston DDR3 1600Mhz HyperX. Also, doesn't this CPU cooler have a Blue LED fan?
 
 
# Inferno 2012-07-02 21:39
Quoting Taylor:
Hey I was just curious.. How far is the CPU slot from the RAM? I am considering getting this CPU Heatsink/Fan and I nervous about clearance issues.. Currently have a Gigabyte Z68AP-D3 Rev 2.0 motherboard.. and Kingston DDR3 1600Mhz HyperX. Also, doesn't this CPU cooler have a Blue LED fan?


The CPU and RAM clearance should be very similar to the Z68AP-D3, and if your kit doesn't have raised fins, this cooler should clear the RAM without an issue. The RAM we used was the Patriot Viper Xtreme which have a somewhat high-profile heatsink, and we didn't have any issues.

It also shouldn't be too difficult to mount the cooler so the heatpipes face the rear fan, because the fins leave plenty clearance for RAM. Of course, it's highly dependent upon the case and the motherboard itself, so keep an eye on it nonetheless :D

The version of this cooler with LEDs is the ETD-T60-VD (Vegas Duo), ours was the -TB version.