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!
- 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
- Clearance issued with high-profile RAM heatsinks
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