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[nextpage title=”Introduction”]

The Transformer 3, a CPU cooler from Evercool, has a tower heatsink with three heatpipes and a 120 mm fan. Let’s check it out!

The Transformer 3 box has a frontal transparent window that lets you see part of the cooler.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 1: Package

Figure 2 shows what is inside the package: the heatsink, fan, thermal grease, manual, and installation hardware.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3, you can see the Evercool Transformer 3.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 3: The Transformer 3

This cooler is discussed in detail in the following pages.

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In Figure 4, you have a front view of the heatsink. Note that the heatpipes are not in a straight row, allowing all of them (not only the first one) to receive direct airflow.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 4: Front view

Figure 5 shows the side of the heatsink. Here you can see the three heatpipes. Notice that part of the heatsink side is closed.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 5: Side view

In Figure 6 there is the top of the cooler, where the heatpipes’ disposition is clear.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 6: Top view

Figure 7 exhibits the base of the cooler, which is finely polished, achieving a mirror-like appearance.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 7: Base

The fan is shown in Figure 8. It is made of plastic, but has a shiny metal look. The connector has four pins, which means this fan is PWM-compatible.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 8: Fan

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Figure 9 shows the clip used to install the Transformer 3 on AMD processors.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 9: AMD clip

Figure 10 illustrates the Intel mounting system installed on our motherboard. It is a set of four ordinary screws inserted from the solder side of the motherboard, where you attach four nuts on the component side. There are plastic washers to avoid damaging the motherboard. After installing them, put the cooler over the CPU and attach four thumbnuts on the screws.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 10: Mounting system for Intel CPUs

In Figure 11, you see the Transformer 3 heatsink installed on our motherboard. Also shown are the rubber fan holders.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 11: Clips

Figure 12 presents the Transformer 3 installed in our case, with the fan in place.

Evercool Transformer 3Figure 12: Installed in our system

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We tested the cooler with a Core i7-860 CPU (quad-core, 2.8 GHz), which is a socket LGA1156 processor with a 95 W TDP (Thermal Design Power). In order to get higher thermal dissipation, we overclocked it to 3.3 GHz (150 MHz base clock and 22x multiplier), keeping the standard core voltage (Vcore), which was the maximum stable overclock we could make with the stock cooler. Keep in mind that we could have raised the CPU clock more, but to include the stock cooler in our comparison, we needed to use this moderate overclock.

We measured noise and temperature with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to get 100% CPU usage in all threads, we ran Prime 95 25.11 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option. (In this version, the software uses all available threads.)

We compared the tested cooler to the Intel stock cooler with a copper base (included with the CPU), as well as with other coolers. Note that in the past, we tested coolers with a socket LGA775 CPU, and we retested some "old" coolers with this new methodology. This means you can find different values in older reviews than the values you will read in the next page. Every cooler was tested with the thermal compound that accompanies it.

Room temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer. The core temperature was read with the SpeedFan program (available from the CPU thermal sensors), using an arithmetic average of the core temperature readings. During the tests, the left panel of the case was open.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the case and video board cooler fans so they wouldn’t interfere with the results. This measurement is only for comparison purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which isn’t the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Operating System Configuration

  • Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, meaning temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

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The table below presents the results of our measurements. We repeated the same test on all coolers listed below. Each measurement was taken with the CPU at idle and at full load. In the models with a fan supporting PWM, the motherboard controlled the fan speed according to core load and temperature. On coolers with an integrated fan controller, the fan was set at the minimum speed on the idle test and at full speed on the full load test.

 

Idle Processor

Processor at Full Load

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp. Noise Speed Core Temp.
Intel stock (socket LGA1156) 14 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 46 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 90 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 14 °C 47 dBA 2050 rpm 33 °C 56 dBA 2900 rpm 62 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 14 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 27 °C 53 dBA 1950 rpm 51 °C
Thermaltake Silent 1156 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 49 dBA 1750 rpm 69 °C
Noctua NH-D14 14 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 27 °C 49 dBA 1250 rpm 53 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Performa 14 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 28 °C 52 dBA 1950 rpm 54 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 50 °C
Thermaltake Frio 14 °C 46 dBA 1450 rpm 27 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 50 °C
Prolimatech Samuel 17 14 °C 40 dBA 750 rpm 40 °C 60 dBA 2550 rpm 63 °C
Zalman CNPS8000A 18 °C 43 dBA 1400 rpm 39 °C 54 dBA 2500 rpm 70 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse II 14 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 28 °C 55 dBA 2200 rpm 53 °C
Scythe Ninja3 17 °C 39 dBA 700 rpm 32 °C 55 dBA 1800 rpm 57 °C
Corsair A50 18 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 33 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 60 °C
Thermaltake Jing 18 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 60 °C
GlacialTech Alaska 18 °C 43 dBA 1150 rpm 36 °C 51 dBA 1600 rpm 60 °C
Deepcool Gamer Storm 18 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 35 °C 48 dBA 1600 rpm 62 °C
Corsair A70 26 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 40 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 65 °C
Deepcool Ice Blade Pro 23 °C 45 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 64 °C
AC Freezer 7 Pro Rev. 2 23 °C 47 dBA 1750 rpm 44 °C 51 dBA 2100 rpm 77 °C
Corsair H70 27 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 1900 rpm 61 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 Max 27 °C 55 dBA 1600 rpm 38 °C 58 dBA 1750 rpm 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 11 LP 25 °C 45 dBA 1700 rpm 51 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 91 °C
CoolIT Vantage 26 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 37 °C 60 dBA 2500 rpm 62 °C
Deepcool Ice Matrix 600 25 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 1300 rpm 69 °C
Titan Hati 26 °C 46 dBA 1500 rpm 40 °C 57 dBA 2450 rpm 68 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 27 °C 49 dBA 1950 rpm 41 °C 53 dBA 2300 rpm 70 °C
Noctua NH-C14 26 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 37 °C 52 dBA 1300 rpm 61 °C
Intel XTS100H 26 °C 49 dBA 1200 rpm 42 °C 64 dBA 2600 rpm 68 °C
Zalman CNPS5X SZ 23 °C 52 dBA 2250 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 2950 rpm 69 °C
Thermaltake SlimX3 21 °C 50 dBA 2700 rpm 46 °C 50 dBA 2750 rpm 99 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 101 21 °C 50 dBA 2600 rpm 38 °C 57 dBA 3300 rpm 71 °C
Antec Kühler H2O 620 19 °C 52 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °C 55 dBA 1400 rpm 58 °C
Arctic Cooling Freezer 13 Pro 20 °C 46 dBA 1100 rpm 36 °C 49 dBA 1300 rpm 62 °C
GlacialTech Siberia 22 °C 49 dBA 1400 rpm 34 °C 49 dBA 1400 rpm 61 °C
Evercool Transformer 3 18 °C 46 dBA 1800 rpm 33 °C 51 dBA 2250 rpm 65 °C

In the graph below, at full load you can see how many degrees Celsius hotter the CPU core is than the air outside the case. The lower this difference, the better is the performance of the cooler.

 Evercool Transformer 3

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The main specifications for the Evercool Transformer 3 CPU cooler include:

  • Application: Sockets 775, 1155, 1156, 1366, AM3, AM2+, AM2, 939, and 754 processors
  • Dimensions: 5.1 x 3.1 x 6.3 inches (130 x 78.5 x 161 mm) (W x L x H)
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Aluminum, with the heatpipes directly touching the CPU
  • Heat-pipes: Three copper heatpipes
  • Fan: one 120 mm fan
  • Nominal fan speed: 2,200 rpm
  • Fan air flow: Not informed
  • Maximum power consumption: Not informed
  • Nominal noise level: 35 dBA
  • Weight: 1.4 lbs (630 g)
  • More information: https://www.evercool.tw/
  • Average price in the US: We couldn’t find this product being sold in the US

[nextpage title=”Conclusions”]

The Evercool Transformer 3 is a good mainstream cooler. It has a reasonable cooling performance, with good noise level and a pretty appearance. It is also easy to install, and you have an option to mount it with two fans.

It is a shame that, apparently, this cooler was not available on the retail market yet. This kind of product can only be correctly judged when you know how much it costs.

So, if you are looking for a good cooler and you found the Evercool Transformer 3 at a fair price, you can buy it. It’s not a great buy, but it is ok; it isn’t a bad deal at all.