The Zaward Vapor 120 has the typical design and volume of an all-around cpu cooler. But let's see how this baby performed in our tests and where it stands against the competition.
We start with our system running at default speeds, with the Intel Core i7-920 to operate at 2.66GHz and its default voltage. Compared with the Intel's stock cpu cooler, the Zaward Vapor 120 will keep your CPU's temperature lower by about 11 degrees C. The performance is very good considering that the the Zaward Vapor 120 was more efficient that other coolers greater in size, such as the Titan Fenrir for example:
We proceed to the more demanding overclocking conditions. This time our Intel Core-i7 920 works at 3.60GHz, it is powered by more voltage and thus, it produces more heat. Intel's stock cooler gave us around 90 degrees C, while the Zaward Vapor 120 managed to get the cpu temperature down to 63C, which is a decent performance for a cooler of that size. Notice that many other CPU coolers gave exactly the same cooling performance:
Each CPU cooler should be optimized to be efficient as well as quiet. Let's see how noisy the Zaward Vapor 120 is.
As it always happens, Intel's stock cooler is the less efficient but also the quietest CPU cooler in our comparison charts, with 37dB of noise logged at a distance of 30cm from the cooler. The Zaward Vapor 120 cooler was noisier at around 46dB at (full speed), a performance that places the cooler somewhere in the middle in the following ranking table:
The Zaward Vapor 120 costs around $48. Although the price is good, it is more than what you could spend for a more efficient cooler such as the Scythe Mugen 2: