Review: Enermax ETS-T40-VD Tower Cooler
Category : Aircooling
Published by Marc Büchel on 01.01.70
Enermax has a very good reputation when it comes to power supplies. The cooler market is quite new for them and at the moment they're trying to approach it with products that have a strong price/performance ratio. The ETS-T40-VD in this case comes with four heatpipes and a 120 millimeter fan, which can be PWM controled. To be honest, we're quite curious how this thing performs.




On the following pages we will show you what the Enermax ETS-T40-VD is capable of.

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Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - Results 2.66 GHz 12 volts
Page 3 - Specifications / Delivery Page 8 - Results 2.66 GHz 7 Volts
Page 4 - Construction and Design Page 9 - Conclusion
Page 5 - Mounting  



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Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Testsystem
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - Results 2.66 GHz 12 volts
Page 3 - Specifications / Delivery Page 8 - Results 2.66 GHz 7 Volts
Page 4 - Construction and Design Page 9 - Conclusion
Page 5 - Mounting  



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Specifications and included in delivery

Specifications


Model Enermax ETS-T40-VD
Material Aluminium / copper
Dimension (D x W x H) 139 mm x 70 mm x 160 mm
Weight 610 g
Fan 1 x 120 mm x 25 mm
Rotation speed 800 rpm with silent adaptor - 1800 rpm (+/- 10%)
On the manufacturer's website Enermax ETS-T40-VD

Included in delivery




The Enermax ETS-T40-VD comes well protected from outer influeces, that none of the parts included will be damaged during transportation. The good delivery includes a lot of accessories and therefore it's almost obvious that the mounting kits are compatible with all different sockets that are in the market today. This cooler is even ready for Intels new Socket 2011. Furthermore you'll also find one PWM 120 mm fan as well as a second mounting kit for an optional fan to provide "push and pull" cooling the ETS-T40-VD cooler.

Page 1 - Introduction Page 6 - Testsystem
Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - Results 2.66 GHz 12 volts
Page 3 - Specifications / Delivery Page 8 - Results 2.66 GHz 7 Volts
Page 4 - Construction and Design Page 9 - Conclusion
Page 5 - Mounting  



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Construction and design

Construction

The Enermax ETS-T40-VD mainly consists of aluminium and copper. The heatpipes make use of the direct touch principle which means that they get direct contact with the CPU. To transport the heat as efficiently as possible from the CPU there are four heatpipes which all have a diameter of six millimeters. Altogether there are 52 aluminium fins soldered to the heatpipes. As standard the cooler comes equipped with one 120 millimeter PWM fan and an additional clamping mechanism if you want to add a second fan to your ETS-T40-VD.




Design

We did not see any manufacturing mistakes on our sample, and it seems that it has been well made which means that manufacturing is on a high level. The heatpipes do have different bending radius, which gives them an offset regarding the area where the heat is being transferred to the fins. Furhtermore this cooler comes with a total of 52 fins. You can see a slightly wedged profile. Furhtermore there are little holes in all fins which allow a more efficient airflow with less turbulence.




Fan

Enermax equips their ETS-T40-VD with one fan, measuring 120 millimeters in diameter. The fan itself comes with a magnetic bearing and PWM functionality. If you should decide to run it with low rpm the fan is not hearable anymore. Furthermore the fans shape is slightly curved. This should help improve static pressure which is at 0.72 mmH2O at 800 rpm. If you use the fan at 1'800 rpm, static pressure then is 2.41 mmH2O.
 



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Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - Results 2.66 GHz 12 volts
Page 3 - Specifications / Delivery Page 8 - Results 2.66 GHz 7 Volts
Page 4 - Construction and Design Page 9 - Conclusion
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Mounting

The mounting kit is compatible with all socket available these days. Included in delivery you find a backplate that is suitable for all sockets. Once in position on the backside of the motherboard you can put it in place using four thumb screws. After you've done this you either have to place the two small metal plates for Intel or AMD sockets upon the distance screws. After you tightened them you can put the cooler onto the CPU and afterwards install the big aluminum bar. Installing the fans is also quite easy. One can do this using the delivered metal brackets.

As we can see on the pictures, taken on a ASUS board with the Enermax ETS-T40-VD mounted, the first DIMM slot is still usable and you can even fit on it Kingston HyperX modules, which are well known for their huge heatspreaders. There even is plenty of space to install a second fan on the backside of the cooler.





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Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - Results 2.66 GHz 12 volts
Page 3 - Specifications / Delivery Page 8 - Results 2.66 GHz 7 Volts
Page 4 - Construction and Design Page 9 - Conclusion
Page 5 - Mounting  



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Testsystem and testroutine

Testsystem

Mainboard ASUS P6T Deluxe
Processor Intel Core i7 920 2.66 GHz 4C / 8T
Memory Kingston HyperX 3 x 1 GByte
Graphics card Gigabyte GTX 285
Hard disk Samsung Spinpoint F1 640 GByte
Power supply Enermax Revolution 85+ 1050 Watt
Thermal grease CoolerMaster


Testroutine

The CPU is being evaluated using Real Temp and with Prime95 we reach nearly 100% load on the CPU. For measuring the noise level we use a Voltcraft SL-200 decibel meter, which is positioned one meter from the CPU cooler with the fan mounted.



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Page 3 - Specifications / Delivery Page 8 - Results 2.66 GHz 7 Volts
Page 4 - Construction and Design Page 9 - Conclusion
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Results 2.66 GHz 12 volts

Cooler / fan Temp. diff. load Absolute temp. RPM Noise Price Review link
Noctua NH-D14 31 K 56 °C 1300/1200 rpm 40.9 dBA CHF 114.- (EUR 95.-) Noctua NH-D14
Gelid GX-7 Dual-Fan 33 K 53 °C 1800 rpm 45.5 dBA CHF 45.- (EUR 38.-) Gelid GX-7
Alpenföhn Nordwand Dual-Fan 33 K 57 °C 1500 rpm 43.0 dBA CHF 103.- (EUR 86.-) Alpenföhn Nordwand
Prolimatech Megahalems Megashadow Dual-Fan 34 K 58 °C 1400 rpm 40.5 dBA CHF 79.- (EUR 66.-) Prolimatech Megahalems Megashadow
Enermax ETS-T40-VD 34 K 57 °C 1900 rpm 42.4 dBA CHF 43.- (EUR 36.-) Enermax ETS-T40-VD
Noctua NH-C14 Dual-Fan 35 K 57 °C 1250 rpm 41.0 dBA CHF 91.- (EUR 76.-) Noctua NH-C14
Alpenföhn Nordwand 35 K 59 °C 1500 rpm 42.4 dBA CHF 79.- (EUR 66.-) Alpenföhn Nordwand
Gelid GX-7 Single-Fan 35 K 55 °C 1800 rpm 45.0 dBA CHF 45.- (EUR 38.-) Gelid GX-7
Coolink Corator DS 35 K 57 °C 1900 rpm 47.9 dBA  

Coolink Corator DS

Prolimatech Megahalems Megashadow Single-Fan 36 K 59 °C 1400 rpm 37.0 dBA CHF 79.- (EUR 65.-) Prolimatech Megahalems Megashadow
Corsair H5O Dual-Fan 37 K 59 °C 1600 rpm 44.4 dBA CHF 133.- (EUR 111.-) Corsair H5O
Noctua NH-C14 Single Fan 38 K 60 °C 1250 rpm 39.4 dBA CHF 91.- (EUR 76.-) Noctua NH-C14
Noctua NH-U12P Dual-Fan 38 K 62 °C 1400 rpm 41.6 dBA CHF 125.- (EUR 104.-) Noctua NH-U12P
Corsair H5O 38 K 60 °C 1600 rpm 44.0 dBA CHF 113.- (EUR 94.-) Corsair H5O
Cooler Master Hyper 412S Single-Fan 39 K 62 °C 1200 rpm 41.6 dBA CHF 57.- (EUR 48.-) Cooler Master Hyper 412S
Cooler Master Hyper 212Evo Single-Fan 39 K 62 °C 1500 rpm 42.9 dBA CHF 50.- (EUR 40.-) Cooler Master Hyper 212S
Noctua NH-U12P 40 K 64 °C 1400 rpm 40.5 dBA CHF 85.- (EUR 71.-) Noctua NH-U12P


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Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - Results 2.66 GHz 12 volts
Page 3 - Specifications / Delivery Page 8 - Results 2.66 GHz 7 Volts
Page 4 - Construction and Design Page 9 - Conclusion
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Results 2.66 GHz 7 Volts

Cooler / fan Temp. diff. load Absolute temp. RPM Noise Price Review link
Noctua NH-D14 36 K 61 °C 1000/900 rpm 37.2 dBA CHF 114.- (EUR 95.-) Noctua NH-D14
Noctua NH-C14 Dual-Fan 37 K 59 °C 800 rpm 34.1 dBA CHF 91.- (EUR 76.-) Noctua NH-C14
Prolimatech Megahalems Megashadow Dual-Fan 37 K 61 °C 1000 rpm 38.9 dBA CHF 79.- (EUR 66.-) Prolimatech Megahalems Megashadow
Prolimatech Megahalems Megashadow Single-Fan 39 K 63 °C 1000 rpm 36.2 dBA CHF 79.- (EUR 66.-) Prolimatech Megahalems Megashadow
Gelid GX-7 Dual-Fan 42 K 62 °C 700 rpm 34 dBA CHF 45.- (EUR 38.-) Gelid GX-7
Noctua NH-C14 Single Fan 42 K 64 °C 800 rpm 33.5 dBA CHF 91.- (EUR 76.-) Noctua NH-C14
Corsair H5O Dual-Fan 42 K 64 °C 900 rpm 37.5 dBA CHF 133.- (EUR 111.-) Corsair H5O
Cooler Master Hyper 412S Single-Fan 43 K 69 °C 800 rpm 35.8 dBA CHF 57.- (EUR 48.-) Cooler Master Hyper 412S
Alpenföhn Nordwand Dual-Fan 43 K 67 °C 700 rpm 37.0 dBA CHF 103.- (EUR 86.-) Alpenföhn Nordwand
Noctua NH-U12P Dual-Fan 44 K 68 °C 1000 rpm 38.0 dBA CHF 125.- (EUR 104.-) Noctua NH-U12P
Enermax ETS-T40-VD Single-Fan 45 K 66 °C 650 rpm 32.7 dBA CHF 43.- (EUR 36.-) Enermax ETS-T40-VD
Gelid GX-7 Single-Fan 45 K 65 °C 700 rpm 33.5 dBA CHF 45.- (EUR 38.-) Gelid GX-7
Noctua NH-U12P 45 K 69 °C 1000 rpm 37.4 dBA CHF 85.- (EUR 71.-) Noctua NH-U12P
Coolink Corator DS 46 K 68 °C 800 rpm 35.0 dBA   Coolink Corator DS
Corsair H5O 46 K 68 °C 900 rpm 35.4 dBA CHF 113.- (EUR 94.-) Corsair H5O
Alpenföhn Nordwand 48 K 72 °C 700 rpm 36.4 dBA CHF 79.- (EUR 66.-) Alpenföhn Nordwand
Cooler Master Hyper 212Evo Single-Fan 52 K 75 °C 750 rpm 35.3 dBA CHF 50.- (EUR 40.-) Cooler Master Hyper 212S


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Page 4 - Construction and Design Page 9 - Conclusion
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Conclusion

General   + -
With the ETS-T40-VD, Enermax has a CPU cooler in its portfolio that offers some potential for improvement. For the performance you get the price should for example be lower. Furhtermore we didn't like the mounting kit. It is tedious and the pressure with which it puts the cooler onto the CPU is too low. A higher pressure might even increase cooling capacity because of better heat exchange. But fortunately there are also things we liked about this cooler. For example there is a fan that offers PWM functionality and the cooler can also be equipped with two fans.   - PWM fan - Pull and Push capable  
       
Installation   + -
The installation process is quite easy and you can mount the cooler quickly. The installation is perfect but if you keep in mind that this is a budget cooler, then it is more than ok. There is only one thing we would change which concerns the scres which are also used as spacers. We would make the difference between the diameter of the screw threads bigger that one can see it immediately. Furhtermore putting the fan in place is also piece of cake.   - Easy and robust - Compatible with Intel and AMD sockets - Springs  
       
Performance   + -

If you drive your Enermax fan at twelve volts it's well audible. We recommend to make use of the PWM feature and regulate it all the way down to about 650 rpm. At these rotation speeds the the fan is inaudible and there is still plenty of cooling capacity to even keep a high-end CPU at adequate temperatures.

  - Compatible with Intel and AMD sockets  
       
Recommendation   + -

In its price class the Enermax ETS-T40-TD is an astonishingly good cooler. Combined with a high rpm fan it is suitable for air overclocking and equipped with low rpm fan you can even this thing into a silent system. In Switzerland the Enermax ETS-T40-VD comes at a price of CHF 43.- (est. EUR 46.-). In Germany you can get this cooler for about 31 Euro.

  - Desktop-PC
- Gamer
- Overclocker
 



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Page 2 - Preview Page 7 - Results 2.66 GHz 12 volts
Page 3 - Specifications / Delivery Page 8 - Results 2.66 GHz 7 Volts
Page 4 - Construction and Design Page 9 - Conclusion
Page 5 - Mounting  


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Author: Chrictian Ney c.ney@ocaholic.ch