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In most situations, you would be easily forgiven for opting for a well-established manufacturer when looking to purchase a new product. Certainly, there’s nothing wrong sticking with a tried and tested brand whose growth has marched hand in hand with their excellent quality and service. For many companies, such success could only have been achieved through years of experience and close attention to their users’ needs, making sure these are met to generate greater appeal. We only have to look at the likes of ASUS, MSI and Gigabyte and their vast history to understand the effort required to reach such heights. But the cooling world has always been different; new brands crop up all the time, sometimes successfully but more often being forgotten just as quickly as they emerged. The key to being recognised has always been innovation and today we will be looking at a new brand who have gone to extra lengths to achieve just that; Zero Infinity.

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post #2 of 22
fail Heatsink. other than being ugly, the fins are fairly close (and not that large), the bulge and dimples increase resistance, meaning they are going for turbulent airflow rather than laminar. Turbulent requires more powerful fans, which equals more noise. Additionaly, the two outer pipes won't come in contact with the CPU at all if you are using socket 1156 or 1155, and barely touch it with 1366 and AMD processors. The fans lack PWM, and the mounting hardware is beyond inadequate.

I'm all for promoting new companies, but this is not a company to promote. Noctua, Thermalright and (to a much lesser degree) Phanteks still own the high end.
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fail Heatsink. other than being ugly, the fins are fairly close (and not that large), the bulge and dimples increase resistance, meaning they are going for turbulent airflow rather than laminar. Turbulent requires more powerful fans, which equals more noise.

You never want laminar flow along the surface of a heatsink though. Turbulent does not always require more fans... it can require less fans since the heat is being transferred to the air more easily since there is less of a boundary layer. It is a balancing act.
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I'm just going to start to avoid vortez. They try to skew the results more often than not. Those fans look like the foam blades. Foam bladed fans fall apart. mounting hardware looks thin and flimsy. There is a reason they use three fans> AVOID
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I'm just going to start to avoid vortez.

In what sense? I've always found them to be pretty reputable. Alongside Xbit, they are the only two sites I trust for cooler reviews.
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You never want laminar flow along the surface of a heatsink though. Turbulent does not always require more fans... it can require less fans since the heat is being transferred to the air more easily since there is less of a boundary layer. It is a balancing act.

You absolutely do. Turbulent is more efficient, but requires a lot more powerful fans. Case in point, NH-D14 - completely laminar.
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You absolutely do. Turbulent is more efficient, but requires a lot more powerful fans. Case in point, NH-D14 - completely laminar.

The jagged edges of the NH-D14 generate turbulence.
post #8 of 22
"Moar Fans" has turned into a major marketing scheme for CPU cooler makers. We'll undoubtedly see 4 fan, oddly colored monsters with lots of "xtreme", +, and l33tspeek in the names pretty soon.

The only really interesting cooler I've seen recently is the vapor chamber cooler from CM at CES. That thing looks like a beast, and actually brings something new. Otherwise, between a Hyper 212+, an Hr-02 macho, a Nh-d14, and a H100, what other CPU cooler would you ever need?
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You want turbulence.
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Lots of people bashing this for reasons that make no sense. You may as well replace your comments with: "I don't like it cause it's not Noctua /cry"
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