Akasa Venom CPU Cooler Review - Installation and Testing



Installation was rather easy, athough attaching the thumb screws proved to be a bit finicky, but with a little patience it went just fine!  I'm a very big fan of their mounting system, which I'll show a closeup of below.


The mounting bolts have adjustable sliders for your appropriate sockets, and the mounting bracket, which has a recess to apply more pressure to the cooler, has holes corresponding to each setting ensuring a universally perfect fit.  You can apply tons of pressure with this bracket, and I had to be careful as the motherboard began to bend as I tightened it down.  Overall, I really like this mounting system!


As you can see, the Venom is really well complimented by my case's blue LEDs, and I'm sure with a UV setup it would look even better!


Testing Procedures

We will do everything we can to ensure an equivalent testing atmosphere.  We will use the same thermal paste (MX-2) with the same application method, ensure the same ambient temperature, same fan speeds, amongst other control factors to ensure a fair comparison between the coolers.


Idle Testing

For idle testing, we start the system, and allow it to stabilize at an idle state, and then we run the test for 10 minutes and then record the temperature using Core Temp.

Akasa Venom                                          Zalman CNPS 9700


The Akasa Venom beats the Zalman 9700 very handily with a 7°C advantage at idle.  This is no marginal amount whatsoever, and we hope that we will see equivalent benefits during load testing.

Load Testing

For our load tests, we used Prime95 to stress the CPU to 100%, and let it run that way for one hour, and then use RealTemp to record the temperatures

Akasa Venom                                          Zalman CNPS 9700


Load testing proved for an even greater advantage for the Akasa Venom over the Zalman 9700 with an 11°C advantage!  This is a significant difference, and the size of the Venom, not being as large as many high performance coolers, rather blew us away (pun intended).  With these numbers, it is very apparent that Akasa has done something right with this cooler, and it has done as well as many of the coolers we have tested to date!


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