The Evercool Transformer 4 Plus is big, silver and sports two 120mm fans, also silver. It has four copper heatpipes that make direct contact with your CPU so we wanted to know if the size and Direct Touch base added up to big performance.
The is not actually a new item. It has in fact been available for a couple of years now, but recently have updated it to the new Plus version. As far as I can tell, this basically involves changing the fans for PWM capable fans allowing for fan control by a modern BIOS.
The runs with a silver theme, as everything, except the base heat-pipes are colored silver, and that includes the dual 120mm fans. Another thing to note is that the is quite large, one of the largest coolers your likely to find.
Finally, one of the main features of the is that it uses Direct Touch heat-pipes, which is to say the four copper heat-pipes make direct contact with the CPU. It all sounds quite good, so let’s check it out.
|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 :||800~2200 ±15% RPM
|Noise Level :||<17 dBA|
|Rated Voltage :||DC 12 V|
|Weight :||843.5 g|
The box for the Evercool Transformer 4 Plus is a big clear plastic container designed to hang on a shelf hook. You can clearly see exactly what you are buying and the box goes into details on all the important features. The rear of the box gives you further information on the features and specifications.
Opening the box will require a pair of scissors, so not my favourite type of packaging but once open you can remove the cooler itself and the white box with the extras. Included with the Evercool Transformer 4 Plus are an installation guide, a tube of thermal paste, a 2 into 1 fan adapter (nicely sleeved), mounting brackets for AMD and Intel sockets, as well as various screws, thumbscrews and washer for mounting.
As you will have already seen, the Evercool Transformer 4 is not a small item. It has two 120mm fans and the cooler itself is also quite big. We’ve seen larger, but keep in mind how much space you have in your case before you purchase.
You’ll note that the fins on the Transformer 4 Plus are recessed in the centre. The reason for this becomes clear when you look down from above.
Both fans have plenty of clearance around the centre dead zone so whilst ultimately you are losing some surface area, you are maximizing the airflow from the fans.
While were at the top of the cooler, you can see the stamped out Transformer 4 logo. You can also see the copper heat-pipes are silvered over to keep the top a matching color.
The two fans used on the Transformer 4 Plus are silver painted (the finish is quite nice and didn’t come off easily) 120mm fans.
Each fan has a long wire clip that clips over the coolers fins making removal and attachment a very simple and tool-less operation.
The heat-pipes are large 8mm copper pipes that start at the top, go right down to the bottom and then curl back up to the top on the opposite side.
Each heat-pipe also makes up part of the base, which Evercool have dubbed “Direct Touch”. Having the heat-pipes right on the CPU obviously has benefits for cooling performance. The base an aluminium block surrounding the heat-pipes
The base is protected by a clear vinyl sticker out of the box. Getting up close and personal you can see that while minor, and smooth to the touch, there is a very minute gap between the block and the heat-pipes As I say, the gap is small, and when you run your finger over the base you can hardly feel the different materials; hopefully a little thermal paste will stop this causing any problems.
Overall, the Evercool Transformer 4 Plus is an imposing looking cooler. It installs easily enough, but as with all big coolers, you may find that despite having access to the rear of your motherboard while it is in your case, you might want to remove the motherboard anyway due to the unwieldy nature of the cooler. Installation was quite simple on our Intel setup using the supplied mounting system with it’s thumbscrews and rear bracket.
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.