Calendar Sunday, April 20, 2014
Text Size
   
Home Computers Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler
Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler Print E-mail
Written by Vikram Chand   
Monday, 05 July 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 Stars 4 out of 5 Stars

Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler

Quiet cool and inexpensive!

We test as many CPU coolers as we can because you just can't ever have enough cooling in any system. So today we are testing the Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler on our brand new rig to see how it cools that. This CPU cooler has four heat-pipes with large aluminum fins to cool effectively.

We will not be able to compare the results of the results from this test with our previous CPU cooler tests because of our new test system. We upgraded the motherboard, CPU, memory and video card so the results are expected to be different. The rig is more powerful so a more powerful cooling system is needed. Let's see how the Transformer 4 performs.

 

LOOK AND FEEL

The Transformer 4 comes in a clear plastic packaging that give you a clear view of the the contents inside (the cooler itself). Inside the package you will find two 120mm cooling fans, the Transformer 4 heatsink itself, AMD and Intel installation hardware, a back plate and thermal compound. The heat sink itself has is made of aluminum fins with copper heat-pipes that go from the base and through the fins. There are two 120mm silver cooling fans that affix on either side of the heat-sink to cool your CPU. The cooler weighs about 845 grams--not too heavy. The fans are silver/chrome, the same as the aluminum fins so they blend in to give a nice and sleek look.

Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler
Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler
Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler
(click image to enlarge)


 

TEST SYSTEM

CPU : AMD Phenom II X4 965 Black Edition 3.4GHz (4 cores)
Motherboard : Gigabyte GA-870A-UD3 AM3 (USB 3.0)
RAM : G.Skill Ripjaws Series 4GB (2 x 2GB) 240-pin DDR3 PC3 12800
Graphics Card : PNY GeForce Verto GTS 250 1GB
Hard Drive : Seagate Baracuda 320GB SATA (3.0 Gb/s)
Power Supply : Thermaltake Thoughpower XT 775W
Optical Drive : Sony CD/DVD RW
Case Cooling : Various Intake and Exhaust Cooling Fans
Operating System : Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise 64-Bit

 

INSTALLATION

First of all, you need to remove you old CPU cooler and all related hardware from your motherboard and clean the surface of the CPU (you may need to remove the back-plate too). Attach the HPJ backplate (with six holes) on the back of your motherboard and bolt it on with the supplied bolts with washers (white). Remove the sticker at the bottom of heatsink, and put the “I” shaped bracket in notch of the heatsink. Apply a little bit of thermal grease on the center of the CPU and place the heatsink on the center of the CPU while aiming at the holes of the bolt (I would recommend that you remove the fans before starting the installation). Then use the supplied nuts to secure the heatsink in place (make sure to tighten the nuts together so you don't damage anything). Then just install the two fans using the fan clips and plug in the power connectors (you can choose to use just one fan if you want). By the way, do not use any kind of tools to tighten the nuts (thumb nuts) that fasten the heatsink to the motherboard (this is to prevent over tightening). Install the motherboard back in the case and install any other necessary component that you removed (video card, memory, etc). Now you are done and ready to use this.

Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler
(click image to enlarge)

 

TEST METHOD

First, I will test the system at idle by leaving it sitting for 1 hour. Then I will perform a load test using CPU Burn-in v1.01 for 1 hour also. I will use Gigabyte's EasyTune 6 (ET6) utility to monitor the temperatures. I will then install the Transformer 4 CPU cooler and perform the above tests again. Then we will compare the Stock heatsink and Transformer 4 test results to see how much improvement we actually get. I will not be able to compare with any other CPU cooler because this is a totally different test system.


 

RESULTS

So, looking at the results, we can clearly see that while the Transformer 4 is obviously way better than the stock as expected. On idle the stock heatsink kept the CPU temperature at 51oC and the Transformer kept it at 42oC. On load, the stock heatsink kept the CPU running at 86oC where the Transformer lowered it down to 70oC. So at both idle and load the Transformer 4 ran the CPU well below 10oC cooler than the stock. This is excellent improvement for the everyday user and it also give you room to overclock a little bit if you wanted.

Evercool Transformer 4 CPU Cooler
(click image to enlarge)

 

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Evercool Transformer 4 CPU cooler is a very good choice for any low to mid range computer setup, specially a budget system. Performance is really good and the fans are very quiet. The overall installation was fairly easy but not as easy as one would expect (I am very spoiled by Noctua). The fan provides awesome cooling even if you overclock your CPU a little. The cooler performed very well in all our tests and it beat the AMD stock cooler as expected. I would highly recommend this CPU cooler for anyone looking to cool their budget system and get the best value for their money. A quick search online reveals that you can buy one of these Transformer 4 CPU coolers for well under $40 USD. I am giving this CPU cooler 4 out of 5 because of the performance and low noise. I am also presenting it with our Best Buy award because it is worth every penny you spend on it.

 
Best Buy Award

 
Pros
Very quiet, silver/chrome look and will fit almost all cases.
Cons
Not made for extreme overclockers and fan can be loud when under load.
Bottom Line
A very well made CPU cooler for the average user who does not need overclocking.


 

DETAILS AND SPECIFICATIONS :

Manufacturer :   Evercool
Website :   www.evercool.com.tw
Socket Types :   Intel LGA 1366 & LGA 775 and AMD K8 & AM2 series motherboards
Supported CPU's :  
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 I7-965~975
Core i5 Processor 750
 
AMD :
Athlon Phenom~9600/Phenom X3~8750/Phenom X4~9950
AthlonPhenom II X2~550/ X3~720/ X4~965
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+
Heatsink Material :   Aluminum fins and heat-pipes
Bearing Type :   Ever Lubricate Bearing (long life bearing)
Rated Speed :   1000 ± 10% RPM
Noise Level :   < 21 dBA
Rated Voltage :   12 V
Connector :   3-pin
Other Features :   4heatpipes 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.
Dimensions :  
Overall : 160 x 130 x  122 mm
Fan : 120 x 120 x 25 mm
Weight :   843.5 grams
Description :  
Considering different motherboard designs, Evercool group provides a considerate function on Transformer 4 for users. It has an all in one design which makes Transformer 4 be able to fit in AMD K8 and AM2 or Intel LGA 1366 and LGA775 motherboards. There is also no need to use any tools to install this CPU cooler so it is a breeze to install. Transformer 4 has brilliant apprearance and excellent cooling effect. It also has a reasonable price to make it worth every penny.


blog comments powered by Disqus
Last Updated on Monday, 05 July 2010