Thermalright Venomous X-RT
A traditional tower design, the Venomous X-RT is reminiscent of several similar HDT coolers that we’ve seen. The overall design is similar and certainly the use of the HDT technology is identical. The look of the Venomous X-RT is rather stylish; it’s neither too conservative nor aggressive in aesthetics. The 120mm fan and shroud dominates the aesthetic of the cooler though, with its white housing that covers the entire front of the heatsink fins.
The rear profile of the Venomous X-RT does not easily accommodate another fan due to the shroud moutning design, so going with a push / pull configuration won’t be possible unless you rig your own solution.
The cooling fins are spaced together fairly tightly, but shouldn’t pose any problems with the included fan. The cooler is fairly heavy at 755g, though this doesn’t include the fan and bracket system. It’s not the heaviest cooler we’ve tested, nor is it the lightest though either. With the beautiful finish, the one drawback here is that this cooler is unfortunately prone to fingerprints and smudges. That may not matter to some, particularly in a case, but if you’re picky about such things, keep it in mind.
One other note about the fins: those edges are sharp. Literally. See those pointed indents along the back side? My knuckles found them quicky and easily during installation, resulting in a couple bloody slices along the back of my fingers. So be careful when handling the Venomous X-RT, especially during installation.
The fan is housed inside the white shroud, which attaches to the heatsink fins by nine “fingers” that clip onto the edges. It’s very easy to remove and install the fan and shroud.
The Thermalright Venomous X-RT features six heatpipes (for a total of twelve if you look at them as individually bisected) to transfer the large quantity of heat which the CPU produces. The heatpipes are made of nickel-plated copper, with heatpipes wrapping through the base and up the aluminum dissipation fins. The heatpipes are not Direct Touch technology, instead integrating into the base as we typically see in Thermalright designs.
Looking at the contact area at the bottom, we see the base is machined with a gorgeous mirror finish. Stunning, really. You could use this thing as a mirror to shave in the morning or something silly like that.
There is thankfully a backplate with the Venomous X-RT, making installation immeasurably easier than the antiquated push-pin method that Intel insists on employing. This will help ensure solid pressure against the processor, and the presence of a backplate shouldn’t pose any concerns with pressure stress on the motherboard at all. The only drawback is that you may have to will likely have to remove your motherboard, unless your case has a hole cut out of the motherboard tray to allow for a quick swap.
Installing the cooler first and then affixing the fan afterward is the recommended order of operation here. The Venomous X-RT’s mounting system is very simple and straightforward, designed with thumbscrews that are installed through the front holding bracket and into the backplate. When complete, you can see how it fits onto a typical motherboard setup, in this case the ASUS Maximus III Formula.
The Venomous X-RT doesn’t interfere with the DIMM slots provided you don’t have all four slots populated on the LGA1156 socket and have modules with short heatspreaders. Our GeIL EVO TWO modules are on the tall side, so they would conflict with the fan if we tried to install four modules. Two modules, however, didn’t pose any clearance issues.
Let’s move onto testing.