Zaward Vivo - The One That Falls Apart
The Vivo, another cooler made by Zaward, failed the test due to its terrible installation method.
In the first step, the inner cooling block consisting of three heatpipes is mounted on the motherboard, which needs to be removed for this procedure. Once you have assembled the cooler hood, which consists of five separate parts, it has to be put over the cooling block. This won't work, though, since the hood is just a little bit too tight, and the individual parts fall apart again. By now it should be pretty clear why this cooler failed the test. We had enough of a hard time assembling the cooler and keeping it in one piece long enough to take a few pictures. Assembling it inside a tower is impossible.
A look at the insides
The Vivo's fan
The fans with their golf ball design are a questionable choice as well. You can't see them when they're running anyway, yet this design reduces airflow and increases noise output.
The cooling performance is average. At full speed, the core temperature lay at 73.5°C, while the lowest fan setting brought the CPU to 88.5°C. In a badly ventilated case, this may cause the CPU to throttle its clock speed. The cooler is advertised as supporting up to 130 W CPUs.
Even at full speed, the cooler is pleasantly quiet; at lower RPMs, it is all but silent.
|Noise||41.6 dB(A)||37.8 dB(A)|
|Fan Speed||1945 RPM||1000 RPM|