We measured the acoustic performance of our today’s testing participants in the entire rotation speed range of their fans. The results are summed up on the following graph:
One thing Enermax ETS-T40-VD really can be proud of is the exceptional fan. It not only lights up in very entertaining patterns, but also works very quietly. As we know, the fans on both Thermalright coolers are among the best out there, but despite that fact Enermax fan demonstrated even more impressive combination of speed and acoustics. Up to 1230 RPM the fan remains acoustically comfortable, and up to 1050 RPM you can barely distinguish its noise at all against the background of a quiet system case. There is no crackling, howling, beating or jingling of the fins. Overall, Enermax ETS-T40-VD deserves an A+ for the noise test.
So why did we call Enermax ETS-T40-VD “cheerful”? The answer is obvious: its bright, colorful, diverse LED lighting will definitely catch your eye even on the gloomiest day and make you smile. At least this was the reaction this cooler got from everyone who saw it in action. And some of the people who saw it had nothing to do not only with the cooling products, but even with computer components in general. So, if you are looking for a solution that would cheer you up like that, then Enermax ETS-T40-VD is an ideal option.
Since we didn’t uncover any serious issues with the Enermax ETS-T40-VD heatsink design and structure, the reasons for its unimpressive performance must lie with the direct touch technology, namely, the particular implementation of this technology in the ETS-T40-VD. The gaps between the heatpipes in the base are way too wide, which doesn’t allow the cooler to quickly and evenly remove the heat from the heat-spreader of a powerful CPU. As a result, this is what we got and Enermax ETS-T40-VD is simply unable to deliver more. We also suspect that the heatpipes might be not the most efficient ones, but we can’t confirm or deny this assumption for obvious reasons.
Nevertheless, we should give this product due credit for its universal design, simple and very reliable retention with strong hold, superior fan with elaborate LED lighting, sturdy and informative packaging and very competitive price.