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Thermalright Venomous X Heatsink Review


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Introduction


Aftermarket cooling solutions have really stabilized over the past couple years, no longer are we seeing strange and exotic designs, and the solid blocks we find with our retail processors are the only remnants of that past technology.  The modern desktop cooler now consists of a series of heatpipe coolers affixed to a rather large radiator.  These cooling towers are the new face of performance cooling and offer a nice mix between size and overall cooling capacity.

In this review we will be looking at the new desktop CPU cooler from Thermalright called the Venomous X.  As some of you are aware Thermalright pioneered the desktop heatpipe cooler and has since released several leading styles designed for enthusiast cooling and mainstream systems alike.
Venomous X features 6 sintered heatpipes arraigned in a staggered pattern across 2 rows.  This arraignment does promote some air turbulence around the heatpipes but does prevent direct air contact.   All of the heatpipes have been nickel plated to slow oxidation, ensure a longer shelf life, and to look cool.
A unique feature of the Venomous X is the small winglet designs that helps trap moving air and force it to come in contact with the cooling fin.  They also help to force air thru the edges of the heatsink more quickly.

The base features a mirror finish, though is plated to match the rest of the heatsink.
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