Vantec AeroFlow 2
Our next contestant comes from Vantec. This, I am sure, is a company name you will readily recognize as they have been in the business of enthusiast cooling for several years now. Their latest design was created to try to find a compromise between performance and noise.
The heatsink itself is an aluminum type with an offbeat fin pattern similar to what we saw with the Thermal Integration coolers a while back. There is a copper core which rises from the center through the body of the sink. It is designed to allow the heat to travel through the copper core and then be dissipated by the aluminum fins. Let's take a quick look at what I'm talking about.
The copper core had a smooth finish but was not polished. In theory, this should work out pretty well since it did for the TI cooler, but this one utilizes a smaller fan so we'll see if the compromise paid off.
Speaking of the fan, it is a smallish model measuring 70mm x 70mm x 20mm, spinning at 4000 RPM and putting out about 34 CFM airflow at a noise level of 35 dBA. I would have shown you a better picture of the fan, BUT…
I'm not sure who the rocket scientist is that came up with this brainstorm, but they ought to be shot. This type screw was designed for the automotive industry when backyard mechanics were taking away too much business from the professionals. They began using strange shapes requiring special tools that cost a large amount of money. Since many of these shade tree mechanics didn't want to purchase these special tools, they began taking their vehicles back to the professionals for maintenance. Now I don't know about you, but I can promise you that nobody, and I mean NOBODY, gets under the hood of my PC besides me. Add to this the fact that I already have a tool with this pattern, I was even more surprised to find it didn't work because the small size of the head made it useless.
Power for the fan is accomplished by means of a 3-pin connector only. An adapter for a standard Molex would have been nice, but you shouldn't run into any problems as the power draw is only rated at 2.88 watts and 0.24 amps.
The clip of the AeroFlow is a bit old fashioned, but it worked flawlessly without tools. I was able to easily install the cooler without resorting to a screwdriver and the unit was firmly in place when I had finished. There was no excess movement at all once it had been hooked up.
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