ETS-T50 AXE from Enermax gets Addressable RGB

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The ETS-T50 AXE Addressable RGB Blaack with box and contents. The cooler comes with a universal backplate, amd bracket, intel bracket, screws, manual, and tube of thermal paste.

The Enermax ETS-T50 AXE is one of those air coolers that has been around for a long time. Enermax consider the design proven and occasionally update it with minor revisions, such as an all-black version back in 2017. It’s a universal law that all things must tend towards a point of maximum rainbows, so Enermax are now embracing the inevitable, and have announced the availability of an ETS-T50 AXE with addressable RGB.

Meet The ETS-T50 AXE Addressable RGB

Despite the RGB, the ETS-T50 AXE ARGB series comes in two colours – white (ETS-T50A-W-ARGB) and black (ETS-T50A-BK-ARGB). The colours apply to the base, heatpipes, fins and fan frame. 5V Addressable RGB illuminates the fan itself, shining from the centre through translucent blades. No controller is included, but if the RGB is unconnected then a rainbow effect will appear powered by the fan connector.

An isometric view of the enermax ets-t50 axe ARBG. The cooler look chunky with the plastic air guide visible on the back making it quite thick. There are soft rubber pads on the corners on the fan.The white version of the ETS-T50 AXE with addressable RGB looks somehow smoother than the black version

Like past ETS-T50 models, Enermax have a slew of fancy technology with fancy acronyms – PDF, VGF, VEF and HDT. PDF, or Pressure Differential Flow, is Enermax’s name for the cone-shaped bulges stamped into the fins, which help gently direct airflow. VGF, or Vortex Generator Flow, refers to ‘spoilers’ around the heatpipes. VEF, or Vacuum Effect Flow, refers to the closed sides of the heatsink that keep the airflow where it needs to be. Finally HDT is the one acronym not about airflow – Heatpipe Direct Touch is the fact that the base has exposed heatpipes.

VGF is particularly interesting and worth a brief digression. If a heatsink has flat fins and a slow fan, the air going through them can end up in a “laminar flow”. This means the air between fins is just going in a straight line, and the air that goes through the middle of that space doesn’t actually interact with the fins. By adding the spoilers, enermax break the airflow up and create “turbulent flow”, where the air moves chaotically. Turbulent flow sounds messy, but it makes sure all the air interacts with the fins and makes the cooler more effective as a result.

A rotatable set of large, thick plastic fins on the back of an ETS-T50 AXE ARGB

A final feature worth highlighting is the “air guide”, a set of positionable vanes on the back of the cooler. Enermax suggest this can aim the airflow towards outlet fans, but it would also conceivably provide a way to improve VRM cooling when aimed at the motherboard.

Specifications

Intel Socket Compatibility 775, 115x, 1366, 2011(-3), 2066
AMD Socket Compatibility FM1, FM2(+), AM2 (+), AM3(+), AM4
Height 160mm
Type 120mm-class tower
Heatpipes 5 U-shaped, 6mm diameter
Material Copper Heatpipes, Aluminium Fins
Fan(s) 1x120mm
Fan Speed 1600rpm
Fan Bearing Enermax “Twister” Fluid Dynamic Bearing
Fan MTBF 160,000 hours @ 25C
Memory Heatspreader Height Unlimited (except Intel 20xx)
RGB Type 5V Addressable
RGB Location Fan Hub/Blades
RGB Compatibility ASRock Polychrome, ASUS Aura Sync, Gigabyte RGB Fusion, MSI Mystic Light, Razer Chroma

You can read more and see full specifications for the ETS-T50 AXE ARGB on the Enermax website.

Availability

The ETS-T50A-BK-ARGB and ETS-T50A-W-ARGB are available in the US from Amazon. Amazon UK has a listing for the black model but it’s unavailable at time of writing, you can always use this search link as they should be in stock soon.

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