Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler

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Product: Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler
Provided By: Evercool

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Introduction: 

Today we've got a new cooler on the bench from Evercool; the Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler. This is the first Evercool cooler that we've taken a look at here at BCCHardware, but Evercool is anything but a new company and they have been producing computer cooling products for quite some time now (you can read more about Evercool over here).

The Evercool Transformer 4 is a large tower heatpipe cooler which is similar to some others that we've taken a look at in the past, however the Transformer 4 comes with 2 120mm fans which are designed to achieve a balance of high performance cooling while remaining nice and quiet.

Let's see what the Evercool Transformer 4 is all about in the next section.

 

First Impressions:

The first thing you'll notice about the Transformer 4 is that it's huge, especially when you've got both of the 120mm fans on it. The Transformer 4 is also nice and shiny and a pretty flashy looking cooler. Also it's interesting to note that the Transformer 4 weighs in at 843.5g which makes it one of the heavier coolers we've tested.

 

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Evercool Transformer 4 - Side View
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Evercool Transformer 4 - Side View
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Evercool Transformer 4 - Top View
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Evercool Transformer 4 - Bottom View

 
 

As you'll notice in the picture below (left), the Transformer 4 comes with two 120mm fans, and you'll notice that they both need to be connected to the motherboard individually. Its also interesting to note that Evercool has no fan control on either of the fans (I would assume to help keep the price lower), I was a little concerned about this at first as I had visions of firing this cooler up and having the fans spin up to some ridiculous high RPM and make a racket, however that was not the case at all and both the fans actually are very quiet (both run at ~1000 RPM).

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Evercool Transformer 4 - Side View
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Evercool Transformer 4 - Accessories
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Evercool Transformer 4 - Packaging (Front)
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Evercool Transformer 4 - Packaging (Rear)

 

So there we go, that's what the Transformer 4 looks like, let's see how it performs in the next sections.

 

 

 


 

Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler Specifications:

 

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All specifications taken from Evercool.com.tw

 

Features:

4 heatpipes in 8Φ collocate with large aluminum fins to make effective cooling.

All in one design for application to Intel LGA 1366 & LGA 775 and AMD K8 & AM2 series motherboard.

According to the needs, users can assemble one or two 12CM fans by themselves to achieve quiet and cooling function.

Brightly silver and solid appearance.

Users do not need to use tools for easy installation.

 

Compatibility:

Intel :

• Pentium 4 Socket T 505~571/620~672
• Pentium D Socket T 805~840/915~960
• Pentium 4 Processor Extreme Edition Socket T 3.73G
• Core 2 Duo Processor Socket T E4300~E8600
• Core 2 Extreme Processor Socket T QX6700~QX9650
• Core 2 Quad Processor Socket Q6600~Q9550
• Core i7 Processor I7-920~940
• Core i7 Processor Extreme Edition I7-965

AMD:

• Athlon Phenom~9600/Phenom X3~8750/Phenom X4~9950
• Athlon 64 X2~3600+ /~6400+(AM2)
• Athlon 64 FX-51/53/55/57/60/62
• Opteron ~154 / ~256 / ~890
• Dual-Core Opteron ~180 / ~290 / ~890
• Second-Generation  Opteron™ ~1222 SE/1222
• Third-Generation  Opteron™ ~1356
• Sempron ~3800+.

 

Specifications:

Overall Dimension : 130 x 122 x 160 x mm
DC Fan Size : 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Heat Sink Material : Aluminum Fin+Heat Pipe
Bearing Type : Ever Lubricate Bearing (Long Life bearing)
Rated Speed : 1000 ±10% RPM
Noise Level : <21 dBA
Rated Voltage : 12 V
Weight : 843.5 g

 

 

 


 

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.

 


 

 

Intel Test System:

 

Here comes the testing results....

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So as we can see in the two charts above, when comparing the Transformer 4 against stock cooling there really isn't much of a comparison, the Transformer 4 wins hands down. At 100% CPU usage we saw temps drop by 12 degrees, which is pretty impressive and really points out the need for better cooling. There really isn't much else to say about the performance, when compared to stock cooling the Transformer 4 is pretty impressive.

Stayed tuned as in the next couple weeks we will have some more coolers to compare the Transformer 4 against, however from the looks of it so far the Transformer 4 has set the bar pretty high and it will be interesting to see how other coolers are able to compare.

 

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Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler Final Thoughts:

The Evercool Transformer 4 was the first cooler that we've tested on our new Intel Core i7 920 test rig, and when compared to stock cooling it is quite the improvement. In our testing we found that at 100% CPU usage the Evercool Transformer 4 lowered our temperatures by 12 degrees, which is pretty impressive and really shows how the stock cooling was lacking in performance.

The overall quality of the Evercool Transformer 4 is very decent and it appears to be nice and sturdy and well built. This cooler is a little on the heavy side (843.5g) so when moving your PC around you'll want to take a little extra care, but when properly installed with the included mounting hardware you really shouldn't have to worry about the extra weight of the heatsink at all.

Installation is pretty easy with the Transformer 4, and once you get your motherboard removed you won't need any tools to get the heatsink installed thanks to the included thumbscrews. In most cases I'm going to assume you'll need to remove the 120mm fans off the heatsink in order to get enough room to get the heatsink mounted onto the included brackets and from start to finish installation shouldn't take any more than 15 minutes.


 

When I first took the Transformer 4 out of the box and saw that it had two 120mm fans that attached directly to the motherboard fan headers without any sort of fan control I had visions of plugging this cooler in and having the fans spin up to some crazy high RPM speed and making an awful amount of noise, however quite the opposite was true. Both the 120mm fans run at ~1000RPM and produce very little noise (~21dBA), and I was pretty impressed at how quiet it was even with both fans running and in most cases other system noise (PSU, Video Card, etc.) will produce more noise than the Transformer 4 cooler. The Transformer 4 really doesn't need any type of fan controller thanks to these fans, because as we saw in our testing the performance of the Transformer 4 was very decent and it was able to do it while remaining very quiet. Some users might still want to hook this cooler up to an external fan controller to slow the fans down a little more if you're going for the completely silent PC and aren't running a very hot CPU, but for 99% of users out there leaving these fans at stock speeds will work just fine and provide a very nice balance between performance and noise.

The price of the Transformer 4 is also a good feature (at the time of publishing this cooler can be found online for ~$55 USD), and when compared to other coolers of similar features and performance the Transformer 4 stacks up very nicely.

At the end of the day the Evercool Transformer 4 did very well in our testing, and thanks to its ability to produce some very decent cooling results with minimal noise it has earned our "Editor's Choice" award. If you're looking for a cooler that will give you performance that stock cooling can't offer and still reduce noise then you'll definitely want to give the Evercool Transformer 4 some serious consideration.

 

Pros:

  • Good Performance
  • High Quality Construction
  • Quiet

 

Cons:

  • Nothing Major

 

BCCRating

Gold
 

I'd like to thank Evercool for sending us the Transformer 4 CPU Cooler. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please leave it at the "Comments" link below.