Akasa Venom R10
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.
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
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.