Enermax ETS T40fit Review
For proper air flow, Enermax ETS T40fit (Model ETS-T40F-RF) is cooled by 140mm Twister bearing fan here. It delivers static pressure between 0.24mmH2O in silent mode up to 1.55mmH2O when under full load. The fan has of course automatic PWM speed control.
Four U-shaped heat pipes are pressed into aluminium base plate. The direct contact between copper heat pipes and CPU contact surface is giving the cooler little advantage for proper heat dissipation. Heat pipes connected directly to the surface of the CPU will cool it efficiently for a short period of time, but with a time heat pipes are not often noticeably more effective than polished base plates when it comes to endurance cooling. This way Enermax ETS T40fit can deliver maximum cooling for it’s size and design.
There is Enermax logo on top aluminium fin, and we can also see small spoilers on every fin, the so-called Vortex generators. They suppose to conduct the air close along the heat pipes. Thus, some additional air can be transferred between aluminium fins around heat pipes.
During the assembly we had use back-plate for Sockets 115x which fits perfectly. 4 screws have to be pushed in and are sitting tight, not going to fall out, which makes the installation much easier. We have found also mounting bracket for AMD socket, two additional fan mounting clips, thermal paste, rubber pads and instructions inside the package.
As first, we have mounted the cooler on our “oldy goldy” Gigabyte G1.Sniper Z87 where we had no problems at all during actually quick installation process. As you can see, there are no conflict issues with components around the socket whatsoever.
For demonstration purposes we have mounted the Enermax ETS T40fit an Asus Rampage 5 Extreme (Socket 2011-v3) as well. Also here, the installation was fast and easy.
Enermax ETS T40fit Specifications:
* except server mainboards with LGA 2011-3
** ETS-T40F-TB with included RPM adaptor
To ensure that the results from one review to another are comparable, the Testing Methodology will be the same throughout all reviews, otherwise we will make a note if somethings changed and keep it separately from other results.
All testing was done on test Bench-table with a room ambient temperature of 22- 23°C and if temperature changes we will add delta T °C to the results.
Before testing we run 10 minutes of Prime95 followed by 30 minutes of idling. This warm up period was done at stock CPU core frequency. For noise testing we are using fanless PSU. We mostly do fan noise test over night so we have our room as silent as possible.
We take noise values from distance of 30cm.
Testing System :
Software: OCCT 4.4.1, Easy Tune
For testing we are using OCCT software and between each test we leave the system at least 15 minutes to rest. Thus, the temperature comes back to the IDLE state. Followed by overclocking with help of Easy Tune Software (for Gigabyte mainboard) or for ASUS mainboard (CPU Ratio only). Each test lasted for 15 minutes. If the temperature of any CPU core exceeded 85°C the test was automatically turned off and the value of the results we have marked as “failed”. The resulting temperature in the tables are the average temperature of all cores. The results of the tests are influenced by many factors such as: the amount of thermal paste, pressure between the processor and CPU block, humidity, thermal conductivity of thermal paste, etc.. Therefore this results should be considered as indicative only.
System Noise results from distance of 30cm away from the cooler.
|Fan max. RPM||noise dB(A) 1 fan pushing air against cpu socket|
|IDLE PWM mode||700||30.2dB(A)|
|@4.4GHz PWM mode||1300||43.5dB(A)|
Enermax ETS T40fit is nice and pretty silent budget air cooler which will serve pretty well for average gaming systems without any overclocking. With other words, it has good performance for CPUs like Skylake or other with lower TDP, but don’t expect it to be an ice breaker. It’s not really designed for Haswell-E high performance processors which can produce over 140W TDP. But, most users who can afford Haswell-E will spend money on high performance air coolers like Noctua NH-D15 or AIO liquid cooler anyway. The good news is, the Enermax ETS T40fit will have no problems with high RAM modules at all. The construction is very stable, build quality is at high level, but if there is something we could complain, then it would be probably the metal spring clip for fan. This should be redesigned as it wasn’t so easy to mount this clip on the heat sink. Also dismounting of the fan was difficult. On other hand, most users will mount the fan on and probably never dismount it again. Maybe after a year for dust cleaning, if needed. So that’s not such a big deal. Price tag €35 is pretty acceptable for this kind of quality. The package includes additional fan clips for the installation of an optional second fan. Flexible PWM fan speed control for a optimal balance between cooling performance and noise is also a feature we should not forget here. The cooler is one of the category silent in mid-range loads. Even at highest RPM the fan wasn’t screaming at us and the noise was more-less acceptable. As we always test all coolers in open air test bench table conditions, our perception of noise is little different as when the system is installed inside the case. Thus, decent part of the noise is dampened with case itself. Overall there’s not much to complain for Enermax ETS T40fit air cooler. You get what you pay for and you won’t be disappointed. Although, there are some competitor air coolers on the market which offer little bit better performance for similar or less price. Nevertheless, we can recommend it for mid-range gaming systems.
Decent cooling performance
Design of metal spring clip for fan could be better