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Enermax ETS-T40-VD Air CPU Cooler

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August 6, 2013 2:13:27 PM

Hey Tom's Hardware Community,

I've been looking at buying a CPU cooler for my FX-8350 (which I plan to overclock) as I've read that the stock cooler is quite loud and generally not very good at keeping temperature low. Since my budget for the cooler was max £40, I decided that it would be best to stick with an air cooler.

I've explored many options, and in the end decided that the Enermax ETS-T40-VD is best. Do you guys agree?

From what I have read in reviews, I think it is better than the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, both in efficiency, and in the fact that the Enermax has aesthetically pleasing LEDs :) 

Also, I understand that the Enermax ETS-T40-VD is quite large and so am wondering if it will be able to to fit onto an Asus Sabretooth 990fx GEN3.0 R2, on which I have 8gb of Corsair Vengeance CML8GX3M2A1600C9W RAM (2 sticks of 4gb) . How many DDR3 slots would I potentially lose due to the cooler's size?
Would I encounter any problems with my choice of RAM and CPU cooler?

Enermax:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Enermax-ETS-T40-VD-Vegas-CPU-K%...

Sabretooth 990fx GEN3.0 R2:


http://www.saverstore.com/product/20376056/7725665/SABE...

Corsair CML8GX3M2A1600C9W RAM:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Corsair-CML8GX3M2A1600C9W-Venge...

Thank you in advance for all help!

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August 6, 2013 2:30:16 PM

personally i think that cooler looks tight. everyone is gonna say to get the hyper 212, and i might too, only because i think there might be an issue. There might be some interference with the northbridge heatsink on the motherboard and the cooler itself. that cooler is a lot wider than the 212. you can clear the ram easily but just putting the fan higher on the heatsink, but the heatsink might touch the northbridge heatsink.

im try and see if i can help you find another cooler.
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August 6, 2013 2:35:09 PM

Thanks! Is the hyper 212 like the enermax size-wise in that some ddr3 slots will be covered due to the heatsink?
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August 6, 2013 3:10:20 PM

yeah, the fan on the 212 will usually block the closest slot a little bit, but you can easily slide the fan up the heatsink to make room for the dimm. there are other 120mm heatsink options but its all a personal choice in the end. i dont know which ones are available in the UK though.

[edit] i found this, i dont know if you will like it though.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Thermaltake-Technology-Co-Ltd-C...

of course there is always the option of water cooling too.
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August 6, 2013 9:01:56 PM

I have an Enermax ETS-T40-TB. It's the same cooler, but without the "bling." (Much cheaper, as well.) I can just barely fit G.Skill Ripjaws X, which has a height of around 1.6 inches. That Corsair RAM you have is low-profile - meant to be used with aftermarket coolers - and is listed at just over an inch in height. So you can use all four slots.

A lot of people here will chime in the the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO. It is a safe bet that is worth the value. To beat its performance, you really end up paying a lot more for diminishing returns.

The ETS-T40 is a solid aftermarket solution. In a practical sense, it performs on par with the 212 EVO until you reach high-to-extreme overclock speeds. If you want to split hairs, there are a number of sites that show the ETS-T40 as a better performer for your average user (as opposed to an enthusiast), but these gains are not too far from the margin of error if they are at all. The extra thought they put into the design of the thing really paid off - if it didn't, Cooler Master wouldn't have made the 212 X, which has design changes to replicate the same ideas. Long story short, I have no problem recommending the ETS-T40 to other people.

On a side note, Enermax recently released the ETS-T40-W and ETS-T40-BK. They are the same heatsink, but covered with a white or black ceramic-esque coating. Supposedly, it improves performance. It still is under 50 pounds, barely, but it's up to you if you think it may be worth it.
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August 6, 2013 11:12:48 PM

Calculatron, what mobo do you use? I've read that some other coolers cause mobos to bend due to their weight, is this a something that is possible with the Enermax? My mobo is a Sabretooth 990fx Gen3.0 R2

Would the enermax or the Hyper 212 evo also be able to work with 16gb Kinston HyperX blu (2 sticks of 8gb)? On the dimensions it says that HyperX is 1.4 inches tall - would that be a problem?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007TTEHMW/ref=ox_sc...
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August 7, 2013 11:14:42 AM

That, too, is low-profile RAM. The heatsinks/speaders are fairly flush with the actual RAM itself, rather than raising a ridiculous amount above them. It should work.

I have the M5A97 EVO, a lower tier motherboard. I used to have an Arctic Cooling A30 Freezer on it; it weighs approximately 50% more (900g, compared to the ETS-T40's 610g) and I never had any issues. So even if you put a second fan on it, you'll be more than fine. Some of the larger dual-tower heatsinks are 1200+g.

The bigger thing to worry about is installing the unit; make sure you tighten all the nuts evenly, and try not to tighten them to the extreme.
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