EnzoTech Ultra-X CPU Cooler

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Product: EnzoTech Ultra-X CPU Cooler
Provided By: EnzoTech
Price: ~MSRP N/A

 

Introduction:

Over the past year, we've seen a lot of heatsinks from Zalman, Gigabyte, Noctua and most recently, Arctic Cooling.  Up until a few weeks ago, I'd never heard of EnzoTech, but apparently they have been making coolers since 1982.  Today we are looking at the EnzoTech Ultra-X CPU cooler that is built for Socket 775 Intel CPU's as well as AMD Socket AM2/754/939/940 processors.  EnzoTech is new to the North American market as you can't yet find their coolers anywhere.  After taking a look at this product on the following pages, you may just have to write an email to your favorite computer store and get them to stock these coolers.  Read on to find out if 25 years of cooling experience is enough to make a killer cooler.

Box Front
Box Front

 

About EnzoTech:

Founded in 1982, Enzotech has been striving to provide cooling solutions for a variety of servers that require high efficiency and 24-hour power stability. With the on-going innovation and challenges in the computer industry, Enzotech has become a leading innovator in designing unique material forming technology. Along with its OEM experiences with companies such as AMD and Intel, they also have the reputation as being one of the worlds's most advanced high-performance heat sink manufacturer.  Enzotech is committed to provide customers with world-class high quality products that are delivered in a cost effective manner, resulting in a win-win situation for all.

Enzotech continues to not only develop custom cooling solutions for its OEM customers, but plans launch state-of-the-art products in the retail market to its PC users. Our customer’s support and interests are greatly appreciated.

 

Features & Specs:

Before we get into the review, I believe it is fitting to take a look at the specs and features of this product as declared by EnzoTech.  They have been posted below for your viewing pleasure.

Features -  

  • Compatible with all single and dual-core CPUs for Intel® Socket 775 and AMD™ Sockets K8/AM2/754/939/940
  • The base of the Heat Sink is machined to 0.0003 per inch run-out, which optimizes surface contact and maximizes thermal conductivity performance
  • Four 8 mm heat pipes guarantee the CPU will always run smooth and at optimum efficiency
  • The large 120 mm fan provides extreme volume of airflow which will keep your Northbridge chipset cool at the same time
  • Arctic Silver®5 Thermal Grease and Adjustable fan speed control included

Specs -

  • Dimension (L x W x H) - 148x148x118mm
  • Total Weight -835g
  • Fan - Delta Fan AFB1212H-F00 - Dimension (L x W x H) - 120x120x25.4mm - Speed - 1200~2500 RPM
  • Noise - 24.5~38.5 dB-A
  • Air Flow - 35.8~82.67 CFM
  • Voltage - 12VDC . 0.35A
  • Connector - Molex 2695- 3 Wire
  • Bearing Type - 2-Ball
  • Heatsink Base - Forge C1100 Copper Base , Mirror Polished - Material - Aluminum Fins - Heatpipes - 4 Piece of 8∅ Pipes
  • Thermal Grease - Arctic Silver® 5


 

First Look:

The EnzoTech Ultra-X comes bundled with everything you need to get up and running on every popular platform available today.  While I know that some of you are still looking for a good Socket A or Pentium 478 cooler, the truth is - you have old gear.  If you want a new cooler, get new gear.

 Bundle
Bundle

The bundle consists of a retention frame back plate for AMD platforms if you don't have one already.  If you have a current retention frame already on your Athlon motherboard, you won't even need to remove the motherboard to install this cooler.  There is also a backplate and mounting hardware for Intel LGA775 platforms as well as a bag of screws, washers, and more.  EnzoTech has also included a PCI slot mounted fan controller, a installation manual and some Arctic Silver 5.  Not a bad bundle for any cooler.

Below are some pictures of this cooler from various angles so that you can get a better idea of its size and design.

 Side Angle
Side Angle
 Heatpipes
Heatpipes
   
 Front Profile
Front Profile
 Side Profile
Side Profile

 

Closer Look:

The bottom of the Ultra-X shows us a couple of things.  First off, you can see how fine and close the fins are and how they interact with the heatpipes.  In the second picture below you can also see just how fantastic the finish on the HSF base really is.  EnzoTech claims that it is a mirror finish and I can't argue with them.  Not only is the HSF base smooth it also appears to be very flat.

 Fine Fins
Fine Fins
 Shiny Bottom
Shiny Bottom

 

On the next page we'll cover installation, the test setup and jump into testing.


Installation:

The Ultra-X cooler can be installed in a matter of minutes on an Athlon based system, and that is what we did.  Our Core 2 Duo system is currently tied up with another project, so we dropped the Ultra-X on our Athlon 4200+ in less than 5 minutes.  Most of the time was spent cleaning up the old thermal paste and applying new paste to the CPU core.  Below are a couple pictures of this cooler installed on the CPU as well as the rear PCI slot fan controller.

 EnzoTech Installed
Ultra-X Installed
 Fan Controller
Fan Controller

 

The Athlon 64 install uses a clip that can be a little difficult to install if your case is crowded.  We never had any issues in a cheap generic case that we've got on the bench and the heatpipes cleared the memory modules with about 1mm to spare.  With our memory in the slot closest to the CPU socket, removing it will be a problem with the cooler installed.  We cannot fault the cooler too much though as it could be more of a motherboard specific problem.

 

Test Setup & Info:

Below are the test system specs for the Ultra-X cooler review.

 

When testing CPU coolers, there are many factors that can cause fluctuation in performance numbers.  When we test coolers, we generally mount the cooler at least twice in order to make sure that it makes good contact with the CPU.  An air bubble can cause a temperature increase that does not reflect the quality of the cooler.  In the benchmarks below, we used the included thermal paste with each cooler.  For the Zalman CNPS9500 AM2, this was the standard white thermal compound, and for the Ultra-X from EnzoTech, we used Arctic Silver 5.  As we have seen in the past, thermal compound makes a difference in a coolers performance, but we are using different thermal compounds to show you how these two coolers compare out-of-the-box.

We tested the coolers at stock speed (2.2GHz) as well as overclocked (2.64GHz) with the voltage bumped up to generate more heat.  The room temperature was kept between 20-21C at all times during testing.  We tested these coolers at their lowest fan speed setting as well as at their highest fan speed setting.  Both coolers are virtually silent at low speed, and do make a fair bit of noise at high speed.  The Ultra-X is the quieter of the two when turned up to the maximum.

On the last page, we'll test out this cooler and see how it stacks up.

 


 

Testing:

The EnzoTech Ultra-X looks very similar to a Thermaltake Big Typhoon cooler, and while the Big Typhoon performed quite well, it was bested by the Zalman CNPS9500 series.  With that in mind, I didn't expect anything too fabulous out of the Ultra-X, but as you can see in the charts below, I was mistaken.

Low Speed Stock

 

 High Speed Stock

 

 Low Speed O/C

 

 High Speed O/C

 

In every scenario and in every situation, the Ultra-X beats down the Zalman CNPS9500 out-of-the-box.  As stated previously, the thermal compound may have something to do with this, but we used what came with each cooler to represent the average consumers install.  I was very impressed with the noise, performance and overall quality of the Ultra-X cooler.  In many situations, it beat out the CNPS9500 by as much as 5C!

 

Conclusion:

I have long been a Zalman HSF user on my personal computer as well as BCCHardware's test machines.  Zalman makes very good units that offer great performance and low noise.  They have met their match today with the EnzoTech Ultra-X cooler however.  This cooler is large and may have some issues fitting in smaller cases, but in exchange for its bulk it offers good - no, great performance and does it quietly.  If you are looking for a new cooler that will take you to the next level in terms of overclocking, good looks and sheer performance, you owe it to yourself to find an Ultra-X from EnzoTech.  We were very impressed and I know you won't be disappointed.

Pros:

  • Quiet cooler
  • Good bundle
  • Very slick looks
  • Excellent performance
  • Quiet ball bearing 120mm fan
  • PCI fan controller

 

Cons:

  • A bit on the heavy side - 835g.
  • Can't find a retailer that stocks it currently

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
9/10
Performance:
10/10
Software Pack:
n/a
Stability:
10/10
Features:
9/10
Value:
9/10
Total Score 9.4

 TopPick

 

I'd like to thank EnzoTech for sending this cooler our way for a review.  We've got more of their excellent gear coming your way, so make sure you stick by BCCHardware!  In the meantime, please post your comments about this cooler in the forum at the "Comments" link below.