Asaka Venom R10

VERY QUIET BUT NEEDS A SPEEDY FAN

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Arel­a­tive new­comer to the all-in-one liq­uid cooler scene, Akasa has opted for an un­usual ap­proach to the Venom R10 – it doesn’t come equipped with a fan, re­sult­ing in a rel­a­tively low price of just $120. That price is es­pe­cially low when you con­sider that the Akasa has RGB light­ing and full mount­ing mech­a­nisms for all three of our test sys­tems, while some cool­ers this month have opted to use the stan­dard AMD AM4 plas­tic mount.

Sadly, there aren’t enough screws in the box to mount two fans to the R10, but these screws are avail­able for a cou­ple of dol­lars should you wish to push the R10’s cool­ing to its lim­its. With no fan in the box, the world is your oys­ter­for fan choice. A ba­sic 120mm Cooler Mas­ter JetFlo, for ex­am­ple, can be had for just $12 from PC Case Gear. Once you hook up the fan and pump to an RGB light­ing con­troller, in this case our Asus moth­er­board and its Aura soft­ware, the Akasa’s aes­thet­ics wipe the oor with likes of the ARC­TIC Liq­uid Freezer, and with ac­cu­rate colours too.

In­stal­la­tion was fairly pain­less on all three of our CPU sock­ets, with a back­plate be­ing used to mount four pins on LGA115x and AMD sys­tems, while you just need to screw these pins into the threaded holes of In­tel LGA2011 sock­ets. These screws are topped off by thumb screws that lock the pump into place, us­ing sep­a­rate plates for AMD and In­tel sys­tems.

The ra­di­a­tor is a typ­i­cal halfheight af­fair at 27mm thick, and it has densely packed ns. Like all the other pumps on test, the Venom R10’s sports a cop­per base, while Akasa has opted for a rub­ber-based tube.

Mean­while, the RGB light­ing on the pump and on Akasa’s Ve­gas X7 fan are com­pat­i­ble with Asus, ASRock, Gi­ga­byte and MSI’s RGB light­ing soft­ware.

The Ve­gas X7 RGB fan is lim­ited to a speed of 1,200rpm, though, which puts it at some­thing of a dis­ad­van­tage com­pared with other fans on test, es­pe­cially with the tightly packed ra­di­a­tor

ns. Cor­sair’s Hy­dro Se­ries H60, for ex­am­ple, can run at an ex­tra 500rpm. What the Venom R10 lacks in air ow, though, it coun­ters with quiet­ness. It was supremely quiet at full speed, dish­ing out just 39dBA, which is less than NZXT’s Kraken M22 us­ing our moth­er­board’s silent set­ting, and far qui­eter than any other cooler on test. The pump is sim­i­larly quiet too.

Cool­ing, though, was ham­pered by the fan, with the LGA115x CPU delta T of 60°C be­ing a whole 11°C off the top spot, with sim­i­lar losses in the other test sys­tems.

These re­sults are mostly down to the fan speed, as us­ing Akasa’s slightly faster Apache Black fan re­sulted in a 5°C drop in our AMD sys­tem, cut­ting its de cit in half just by adding an­other 100rpm.

“What the Venom R10 lacks in air­flow, though, it coun­ters with quiet­ness”

CON­CLU­SION

While its cool­ing isn’t the best on test, the Venom R10’s re­sults are clearly down to the slow-spin­ning fans we were sent as sam­ples to test the other­wise fan­less cooler. It came within spit­ting dis­tance of other cool­ers by adding a slightly more pow­er­ful fan, and it’s supremely quiet. How­ever, many other cool­ers un­der­cut it, even in its fan­less con gu­ra­tion, so it doesn’t of­fer par­tic­u­larly good value for money.

KEY SPECS

Com­pat­i­bil­ity In­tel: LGA2011, LGA2011-v3, LGA2066, LGA115x; AMD: Socket AM4, AM3/+, AM2/+, FM2/+, FM1 • Ra­di­a­tor size with fans (mm) 120 x 153 x 52 (W x D x H) • Fans None / 1 x 120mm • Stated noise N/A• $120 • www.akasa.com.tw

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