A Closer Look
In early 2008, Evercool introduced the Transformer 6, a 120mm 6-heatpipe down-draft styled CPU cooler with a split-fin design. It sports a chromed 120mm fan and has a huge footprint, covering most of the motherboard. Evercool has followed the success of that cooler up with the Transformer 4, which has a smaller footprint and a lower price point.
There is really no other way to describe the Transformer 4 but big and silver. The four heatpipes are nickel plated from where they enter the radiator to the tips, the two 120mm fans are chromed throughout. I like shiny in my rig, but looking at the cooler alone, the mass of silver is a little overwhelming.
At just shy of two pounds, it is the second heaviest cooler I’ve owned, the heaviest being the Zalman CNPS 10X which is an ounce heavier.
To give a better idea of how large the cooler is, the photo shows a comparison with the Kingwin XT-1264, a fairly typical 120mm tower cooler.
The top of the cooler looks really nice. Besides the ends of the heatpipes being nicely finished, the Transformer 4 has a really sharp looking logo, raised chrome on the slightly brushed aluminum fin.
As I mentioned, the fans are totally chromed. I remember when these came out a few years ago. The front fan sports a holographic Evercool logo.
The four 6mm heatpipes utilize Heatpipe Direct Touch (H.D.T.) technology, where the heatpipes are mounted in an aluminum base and directly touch the CPU heatspreader surface. This allows for use of a lightweight aluminum base while still maintaining the superior heat transfer properties of copper, shaving a few ounces and several dollars from the cooler. This is the fifth cooler I have owned utilizing this technology, and I am very familiar with it.
Creating the H.D.T. base involves placing the pipes in the aluminum base then grinding the base and pipes flat. Every other cooler I have had utilizing this technology had the pipes finished very rough. Though far from lapped, the Transformer 4’s base finish is much slicker than any of those.
Hardware is included for use with LGA 1366, LGA 775, AM2, K8, and some other CPU socket configurations.
May 29, 2015 0