Gaming system builder Yeyian may eventually start charging extra for products to bear its name, but for now it’s using its ability to order directly from manufacturers to build a reputation as a better value. One of those efforts brings us today’s VATN cooler, which competes in the 240mm class against ARGB models ranging from the MasterLiquid 240L Core ($100) to the MasterLiquid 240 Atmos ($140). And it’s priced at only $90 through Yeyian.
|Yeyian VATN 2400 (YTS-240DL-01)
|27mm (54mm w/fans)
|PWM (motherboard typ.)
|(2) 120 x 25mm
|(2) 4-Pin PWM, (1) 3-Pin Fan, (3) ARGB in, (3) ARGB out
|1163g (41 oz)
|2066/2011, 1700, 1200/115x
Inside the box are the combined cooler (pump and water block combo, radiator and connecting hoses), a tube of thermal paste, fan and fanless (radiator-to-case) length mounting screws, a PWM fan power splitter, AMD and Intel mounting hardware and a pair of ARGB fans. The fan centers and pump housing feature a disc with translucent mirrored finish on both sides, thereby creating an infinity mirror effect for the frosted pattern underneath.
Yeyian doesn’t brag about the fin pattern on the inside of the VATN’s copper heat exchanger, but we’re going to assume that it’s some kind of functional grid since it works at least well enough to compete. The outside appears to be sanded smooth. The pump above it features an old-fashioned 3-pin fan connector and an ARGB wire with both input and output connectors.
Rated at 800 to 2000 RPM the VATN’s fans are model specific and carry the same YTS-240DL-01 as the entire cooler. Each includes a four-pin PWM power connector, a 3-pin ARGB input and an ARGB pass through output for chaining multiple devices. The pump-matching infinity mirror center caps on the show side may be the reason for the matching part number.
Yeyian supplies hooks to engage the factory clip-brackets of AMD motherboards, though users looking to upgrade from smaller bolt-on coolers may have already lost those. Intel installations are direct bolt-on, using a supplied back bracket and standoffs. And, since Intel brackets have a problem of falling off the back of the board during installation, Yeyian even includes a square of double-sided foam tape to keep its bracket in place.
All three mirrored surfaces have protective plastic sheets, and here’s what the cooler looks like installed with those removed.
Now we can light things up! We discovered that the fans run at around 1870 RPM at full speed in our build, that the pump has a built-in ARGB controller with rainbow mode default, and that the pump’s ARGB can feed the fans. What this means is that systems that lack an ARGB signal to supply the cooler’s components can still get ARGB from the pump, while systems that already have a standard ARGB controller can send a control signal to change its color, its pattern, or even disable its lighting.
|Thermaltake Ceres 500 TG ARGB
|AMD Ryzen 9 7900X: 12 cores/ 24 threads, 64MB L3 Cache
O/C to 5.00 GHz at 1.25 V Core
|ASRock B650E PG Riptide WiFi, BIOS 1.18
|Sabrent Rocket SB-DR5U-32GX2 64GB DDR5-4800
|HP SSD FX900 M.2 1TB NVMe SSD
The VATN 2400 takes third place in a six-way closed-loop cooler comparison, putting it in the upper half of cooling prowess despite its low price.
Our voltage regulator cooling chart appears to show a three-way tie for third place, which includes the VATN 2400. With each of these coolers mounted above our motherboard’s top voltage regulator heat sink, we hope that this chart will remind readers of the importance of providing airflow to this area.
The VATN didn’t seem disturbingly loud at full speed, but it was far from quiet. Third place in cooling performance, it’s also the third quietest cooler in this comparison.
After seeing the previous numbers, it’s no surprise to us to find the VATN 2400 taking third place in its cooling to noise ratio.
And all of that brings us back to price: The VATN 2400 cools 93% as well as the MasterLiquid 240 Atmos, while being priced around 35% lower. Invert those numbers, and the top-cooling Atmos is priced 56% higher. The old MasterLiquid 240L Core is the only cooler in today’s comparison that can even compete against the VATN 2400’s value score.
Of course we’ve seen the VATN 2400 hit $100 at some sellers, and we’ve seen the MasterLiquid 240L Core clearance priced at around $86 at others, so Yeyian won’t be the top value under every possible scenario. Still, the fact that the 2400 is 3% better at cooling and usually priced lower means that it’s a value winner.
|Yeyian VATN 2400 (YTS-240DL-01)
|3-year warranty (pricier competitors offer 5-6 years)
|The VATN Series 2400 does everything that a 2x120mm closed-loop cooler should, at a price that most builders should be able to afford.