Akasa Venom R10

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Arel­a­tive new­comer to the allin-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

£55 inc VAT. 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 quid should you wish to push the R10’s cool­ing to its lim­its. With no fan in the box, the world is your oys­ter, but Over­clock­ers UK cur­rently of­fers the Venom R10 in sev­eral fan bun­dles, and Akasa sent us its Ve­gas X7 RGB 120mm fan for re­view, mak­ing for a com­bined to­tal of

£74 inc VAT. 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 floor 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 half-height af­fair at

27mm thick, and it has densely packed fins. 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 fins. Cor­sair’s Hy­dro Se­ries

H60, for ex­am­ple, can run at an ex­tra

500rpm. What the Venom R10 lacks in air­flow, 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 deficit in half just by adding another 100rpm.

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 con­fig­u­ra­tion, so it doesn’t of­fer par­tic­u­larly good value for money.

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

VER­DICT

Ex­tremely quiet, but the R10 needs at least a 1,300rpm fan to be competitive, and it’s a tad pricey once you buy a fan for it too.

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