Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler - Installation and Testing Info

Article Index
Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler
Transformer 4 Specifications
Installation and Testing Info
On to the Tests
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

 

Installation & Test Info:

 

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Evercool Transformer 4 - Mounting Bracket
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Evercool Transformer 4 - Heatsink Installed

 

Installation of the Transformer 4 was pretty simple, and once you get your motherboard removed you won't even need any tools thanks to the included thumbscrews that attach the heatsink onto the mounting bracket. You'll probably have to take the fans off the heatsink in order to get enough room so you can mount the heatsink, but if you have small nimble fingers you might be able to get it attached without fan removal (I had to remove the fans due to lack of space).

 

 

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Evercool Transformer 4 - Side View
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Evercool Transformer 4 - Cooler Installed

 

As you can probably see in the pictures, the heatsink is pretty large so please make sure you've got room before rushing out to your favorite retailer to pick one up. In most mid and full sized towers fitting the Transformer 4 in shouldn't be a problem, but if space is an issue you'll probably want to do some measuring before placing your order.

 

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Evercool Transformer 4 - Top View

 

So there we go, installation is complete, let's see how this cooler performs in the next section.

 

Testing:

Test Setup:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. This could be considered a mid-range processor, and while most Dual-Core processors produce ~50-80 Watts of heat, this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station , and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-2 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste), We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-2 to provide fair results.