Phononic HEX 2.0 Thermoelectric CPU Cooler Review
Design and Installation
The HEX 2.0 uses a small dual tower heatsink design, with the 92 mm fan housed in the center.
The front of the cooler has the three required connections in one cluster, with PWM fan, micro USB (for software control), and PCIe power.
Looking from the side you can see that the cooler is not much larger than the 92 mm fan within, and you can see there are four heat pipes for each plate, with the lower plate (this side) allowing the HEX 2.0 to function as a standard air cooler when the TEC functionality is not needed.
The base of the cooler is flat and nicely finished, and you can see the retention screws on either side.
Opening up the fan housing reveals a removeable 92 mm fan, which is connected via a standard PWM header inside. This allows the user to use any compatible fan if desired.
The included fan is a
Sanyo Denki San Ace 92 (model 9S0912P4F011). This is a 92 x 25 mm design with a max speed of 2650 RPM, max airflow of 44.5 CFM, and max static pressure of 0.120 inchH2O.
Installation of the HEX 2.0 is straightforward, with the type of retention mechanism familiar to anyone using recent designs from Noctua and others. The platform is quite sturdy once in place, and the HEX 2.0 simply screws down with two captive screws located at the bottom of the unit, accessible with the fan cover and included 92mm fan removed. Once tightened down the HEX 2.0 feels very solid, and should provide excellent contact with the CPU surface.
The backplate, which supports Intel and AMD installations, has rubber pads on the surfaces that contact the motherboard.
The installed cooler occupies a small footprint that did not interfere with any components on my EVGA Z170 Stinger mini-ITX motherboard.
Next we will have a look at the performance results with the HEX 2.0 cooler.