Akasa Venom Medusa CPU Air Cooler Review

Akasa is a smaller thermal solution company that does have a solid reputation. The Venom Medusa CPU air cooler is a massive unit that promises better cooling with eight high capacity heatpipes, dual 14cm "Viper" fans that promise more airflow, most of all we get promised it is a "Monster of All Extremes." Does it have a place in your next build?

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Akasa Venom Medusa

Akasa makes sure to include all the features we’ve come to expect from modern CPU coolers. The Venom Medusa has eight large heat pipes, a nickel plated copper base, a huge array of cooling fins, and PWM fans to keep everything cool. If the design looks familiar it’s because we’ve seen something very similar to it before when we looked at the Noctua NH-D14 back in December of 2009. The overall design worked well back then and has been updated and expanded a bit by Akasa, so it will be interesting to see if Akasa will have better success than Noctua did.

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Package & Specs

Akasa packs the Venom Medusa very well in protective foam and keeps all the accessories in a separate box. Everything was received in perfect condition.

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Dimensions: (L) 129.5(W) 144mm x (H) 163mm

Material: [/TiBtle] Eight copper heat pipes, aluminum fins

Weight: 1300g

Compatibility:

Intel

  • LGA 2011
  • LGA 1366
  • LGA 115X
  • LGA 775
  • AMD

  • AM2
  • AM2+
  • AM3
  • AM3+
  • FM1
  • Fan:

  • Size: 120mm x 25mm
  • Speed: 600 - 1900 RPM
  • Air Flow: 83.63 CFM
  • Noise: 6.9 آ– 28.9 dBA
  • Size: 145mm x 25mm
  • Speed: 600 - 1600 RPM
  • Air Flow: 109.55 CFM
  • Noise: 7 آ– 21.7 dBA
  • Contents & Flatness

    Akasa includes two fans and plenty accessories with the Venom Medusa. Overall, the amount of accessories is on par with other high end air coolers.

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    The base of the Venom Medusa has a textured finish which makes it difficult to photograph but we can still see the straight line running across of the center of the base. At least initially, it looks like very good quality control from Akasa.

    Photos

    Here is the Venom Medusa from different views.

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    Micro ATX

    Okay, granted the probability of someone pairing a huge, nearly three pound, heatsink with a micro ATX board is remote it is still worth seeing if it’s feasible. And the result is, sort of.

    The width of the Venom Medusa means it is going to hang over your DDR slots in an extreme way. As long as your RAM isn’t too tall this should end up as only a minor inconvenience. Of course, if your RAM uses taller heat spreaders than there is no way you’re going to be able to use dual-channel setups as the fins block the first two DIMM slots. You’ve been warned.

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    Checking the other dimensions of the Venom Medusa show us plenty of vertical clearance above the board and only slight encroachment on our first PCIe slot. Overall I am pleasantly surprised with how well a cooler of this size fits on such a small board.

    Installation & Contact

    The installation process is average for a high end cooler of this size. You’ll need to remove all the fans from the unit in order to reach the screws to attach the cooler to the mounting brackets.

    Installing the Venom Medusa into our full ATX board gave us similar issues as our micro ATX board. The cooler fits onto the board but the DDR slots have the same clearance issues. One additional issue this board presents us is the first PCIe 1x slot gets blocked by the cooler.

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    Looking at the contact patch we can see how evenly the pressure is spread across the base. Interestingly we can also see how the CPU sits directly under five or six of the heat pipes which means the heat pipes on the outer edge won’t work as efficiently as the rest.