VIZO Armada II vs Thermaltake RamOrb

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Product(s): VIZO Armada II Dual-Fan RAM Cooler
                  Thermaltake RamOrb Ram Cooler
Provided By: VIZO and Thermaltake
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Introduction:

If you are overclocking your system or and just running some high performance memory, you've no doubt noticed that your DDR or DDR2 can actually get quite hot.  Many enthusiast oriented memory companies have products with pretty good passive cooling, but sometimes even that is not enough if you have poor air circulation in your case.  Today we are taking a look at two different solutions to hot RAM in the way of the VIZO Armada II RAM Cooler and the Thermaltake RamOrb.  The VIZO solution simply clips onto your existing RAM and provides extra air circulation.  The Thermaltake solution is much more elaborate and requires a few minutes to install.  Which one provides better cooling?  Keep on reading to find out.

 

VIZO Armada II - First Look:

The first candidate on the bench today is the inexpensive VIZO Armada II Dual-Fan RAM Cooler.  This cooler comes packaged in a friendly clam-shell package that required removable of a single staple to open.  It can easily be opened without damaging the product yourself thanks to the knife-free ease of opening.  

Armada II Package
Armada II Package

 

As I mentioned the Armada II is the simplest cooler of the two, and this is why; the Armada II is simply a set of 40mm fans strapped to a spring loaded clip.  Installation is a quick process.  If your memory has heatspreaders, simply clip the Armada II onto a stick of RAM, plug in the fans and you're good to go.  If you have RAM without heatspreaders, the clip may damage the chips so VIZO has included a pair of foam pads that can be stuck to the RAM where the clip makes contact.  This protects the RAM and still allows you to use the Armada II without heatspreaders.

 Armada II Profile
Armada II Profile

 

VIZO Armada II Specs & Features:

All the information in the gray box below has been taken from the VIZO site and posted here for your convenience.  All the details can be found here.

 

Description:

VIZO ARMADA II is a dual fan cooler which is focused on increasing RAM cooling effect and making your system work with excellent performance. With unique clip design, it will not harm your memory module and slot. Moreover, it is compatible with all standard memory modules whether they have memory heatspreader with them or not.

 

Features:

  • # Unique clip design not to harm memory module and slot
  • Clip has a skidproof pad to prevent sliding and provide reliable protection on memory module
  • Flexible thickness for clip on memory module
  • Compatible with all standard memory modules whether they have memory heatspreader with them or not
  • Dual fans provide the maxima airflow and air pressure
  • Excellent thermal performance and ultra silent
  • Built-in cold blue LED lights
  • Tool free & easy to install
  • Patent Pending

 

Specifications:

  • Housing Dimensions : 120mm x 35mm x 30mm
  • DC Fan Dimensions : 40mm x 40mm x 10mm ( 2 PCS )
  • Bearing Type : Sleeve Bearing
  • Speed : 4500 RPM
  • Noise Level < 20 dBA
  • Max Air flow : 13.86 CFM x 2
  • Rated Voltage : DC 12 V
  • Rated Current :0.35 A x 2
  • Compatibility : SDR / DDR / DDR II / DDRIII
  • Weight : 45 g

Armada II Installed
Armada II Installed

 

On the next page we'll take a look at the Thermaltake RamOrb before we jump into testing.