The Evercool Transformer 3 CPU Cooler is a regular tower style cooler, but it has a great looking silver fan and uses DirectTouch heatpipes for added cooling prowess. We run it through our usual heat tests to see if it can keep up with the bigger boys.
Looking back of the recent CPU Cooler reviews of late, there is quite a trend for the larger than usual setup. Some of the coolers we’ve looked at have been plain monstrous! This has resulted in some excellent temperatures and noise levels from the fans.
We love those type of coolers but they are not always necessary of suitable for everyone. Sometimes you just want a smaller but good performing cooler. And that’s what I think the might just be. It follows the common heat-pipe in a tower style, and uses H.D.T or DirectTouch to get the heat away from your CPU quickly. It comes in a shiny silver, including the 120mm fan, but is little larger than a couple of 120mm fan back to back.
Let’s check it out.
|Overall Dimension :||130 x 161 x 78.5 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)
|Noise Level :||<15 ~ <35 dBA|
|Fan Speed :||800±25% RPM
|Rated Voltage :||12 VDC|
|Weight :||630 g|
The box for the Evercool Transformer 3 CPU Cooler is a cardboard square, with a blue and silver theme. There are cut out sections in the front to let you see the nature of the fan, which is a silver painted 120mm. You can just about see the multiple fins on the heatsink through the blades. On the side of the box there is a compatibility list. The rear (and opposite side) show different features of the cooler.
Opening the box, you are greeted with the top of the heatsink and its Transformer 3 logo. Everything inside is held within two clear moulded plastic supports.
The fan is not mounted on the heatsink out-of-the-box; you’ll need to do this yourself with the supplied items in the white box. The white box holds the fan mounting items as well the other contents. In the white box we found 2 syringes of Thermal Paste, a bag of rubber fan mounting clips, a bag of screws for mounting, and a large clip for AMD mounting. There were also two types of thumbscrews and a bag of washers.
The heatsink itself is not as large as some of the heatsink we’ve looked at of late, which will appeal to the more modest enclosure and to those who simply don’t want a behemoth in their case. Just like the larger Evercool Transformer 4 Plus we reviewed a couple of weeks ago, the Transformer 3 uses a combination of aluminium fins and base, with large copper heat-pipes
Starting our tour at the top, we can see the aforementioned Transformer 3 logo on the center top of the cooler. Each of the copper heat-pipes are capped off in silver giving the top of the cooler a uniform appearance that should look good through a case window.
Also on the top, and continued down each line of fins below it, is a small rectangle punch out in each corner. This is the mounting point for the fan.
To mount the fan, you use the supplied white rubber fan clips. Being made from rubber should help to keep vibration noise to a minimum. At first I was a little worried that the clips were flimsy and might break rather than stretch enough to allow for mounting but my worries were unfounded. The clips are plenty strong enough and stretch quite a way with no signs of stress.
A clip goes through the corner mounting holes on the fan, and then the fan in turn is mounted on the four corners of the heatsink. Once mounted, you can see there is a slight indentation in the heatsink fins around the central area, perhaps to allow for a little movement in the fan dead zone.
Once mounted, you can see that the overall size of the cooler is only about three 120mm fans in depth, and not much more than a single 120mm fan in height.
You will have also by now seen the interesting blade design on the fan. The fan has more blades than we have come to expect from a 120mm fan, and each curl around it’s neighbour. This design is slowly becoming popular for it’s noise reduction and CFM of air increase over a standard bladed fan. Again, like the Transformer 4 Plus, the fan on the Transformer 3 is painted silver to match the rest of the cooler. The fan is also nicely sleeved in black.
Moving to the base, we can see a warning sticker that protects the base before use. Once this is removed we can see that Evercool have once again used a Direct Touch style base, which is to say that the heat-pipes of the cooler make direct contact with your CPU’s heat spreader When we reviewed the Transformer 4 Plus, we did notice that there was a slight gap between some of the pipes and the base. The Transformer 3 however has a near perfect finish in this respect. There are no gaps to the naked eye, and you can barely tell the difference between materials when you run a finger over the base. There are a few machine swirls but the base looks to be finished rather well.
Installation was quite a simple affair, with only the one gotcha which was a problem of my own making. The instructions say to attach the fan after installing the heatsink, which seemed to me to look like a difficult thing, even in a case as large as my Cosmos S. Naturally of course because the fan was attached, it made getting to two of the thumbscrews for mounting rather difficult. So I removed the fan, installed the heatsink (as per the instructions) and then mounted the fan, starting with the lowest mounts first and putting the highest mounts on last. Without my (l)user error, installation time was less than 15 minutes, and knowing how to do it now I could do it in half that. I will say however that the instructions say to mount the clips on the heatsink, and then pull them through the fan mounts. I found it easier to mount them on the fan first, then clip the fan on to the mounted heatsink.
You’ll require access to the rear of your motherboard for an Intel setup. The supplied screws have to go through the mounting points, and then a washer and the smaller of the thumbscrews holds it in place. The screw will sit proud of the thumbscrews, giving you something to mount the larger thumbscrew to and hold the heatsink down on your CPU.
For an AMD setup, you have to remove the attached bracket arms from the base of the heatsink and then use the supplied hold down clip, much like a stock AMD heatsink.
Test Setup: Intel Core i5 750 @ 3.8GHz (1.4v), 4GB of Crucial Ballistix Tracer Ram @ 1600MHz, MSI P55-GD65, Silicon Power M10 32GB + Western Digital 640GB, Hiper Type M 730w PSU, Cooler Master Cosmos S Case (no side panel fan installed, all other fans at minimum).
Idle and Load temperatures were recorded over a three day period (for each cooler) at various intervals (5 records each) and then averaged. Readings were taken while room temperature was at 24C ambient. For Idle readings, the PC was booted into Windows 7 and left for 15 minutes to do nothing. Load readings where taken after an hour of Orthos CPU testing.
Water-cooling results come from my own personal water-cooling set up of a Kryos water-block, triple rad with 3x 120mm fans and a passive cooling reservoir. The Noctua NH-D14 and Noctua NH-C12P SE14 results are from single default configurations; no U.L.N.A. Adapters were used for either cooler. In the case of the Noctua Coolers, the supplied thermal paste was used. The Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 used the pre-applied TIM it came with. Evercool’s own brand of paste was used for the Evercool coolers. As much as possible, we try to compare the entire package against the competition, which is why if a cooler comes with its own thermal paste, we make sure to use that in testing as part of the comparison.