Compatibility and Installation
Akasa Venom Voodoo supports not only all contemporary platforms, but also the upcoming LGA2011. The detailed installation manual is available for download here, but we are going to dwell on a few key things in our review.
New LGA2011 mainboards will use special mounts to be inserted into the backplate. After that the installation procedure is the same for all platforms. For LGA 775/1155/1156/1366 you will use a universal backplate with adjustable tips:
It features an insulating pad and is attached to the back side of the mainboard PCB:
There are two steel retention brackets that are attached with four screws to the base of the cooler:
After that you apply a layer of thermal paste to the CPU heat-spreader and install the heatsink onto it (the heatsink only, without the fans). Tighten the large shaped screw-nuts sitting on top of the plastic washer-rings evenly. Note that the retention delivers very serious pressure. In fact, it is so strong that the mainboard may bend right under the processor:
It is not such a good thing, of course, but in this case you needn’t worry about the quality of the contact between the CPU heat-spreader and the cooler base. Now all you need to do is attach the fans to the heatsink and connect them to one of the four-pin fan connectors on your mainboard using a Y-splitter. The distance between the first heatsink fin and the mainboard textolite is 47 mm, however the fan frame will be hanging another 6 mm lower, which you should remember if you plan on using Akasa Venom Voodoo cooler next to the memory modules with tall heat-spreaders. The cooler will block the first DIMM slot.
We tested the cooling efficiency of our Akasa Venom Voodoo in two different positions:
It turned out that in the first case, when the heatpipes go parallel to the processor heat-spreader (the cooler is installed parallel to the memory DIMMs), Venom Voodoo is 3-4°C more efficient than in the second case. I would like to remind you that unfortunately, as we saw from the thermal paste imprints, in both cases the two heatpipes on the sides are hardly doing anything at all. In our opinion, with the current size gaps between the heatpipes in the base of the cooler, it would make more sense to design Venom Voodoo with five heatpipes instead of six.