The Cooler Master Vortex Plus CPU Cooler
Where the original 752 design was all aluminium fins from top to bottom, the Plus changes the game a bit. Here we have not two, but four pipes making direct contact with the IHS of the CPU. Some of that heat is quickly transferred into the aluminium pre-cooler. What travels up the 6mm heatpipes is then transferred to a set of fins laying parallel with the motherboard,
The design of the cooler is slightly offset to compensate for both clearance nearest the socket and allowing room for memory to go underneath, keeping this Vortex Plus very low profile.
These four pipes are angled outwards for a better distribution of the heat into the fins at more equal spacing. This also makes for less of a "dead spot" for the fan to deal with.
Looking down into the cooler, you can see the fan will have no issues cooling the fins while still cooling the pre-cooler as well. If the memory is close, you can see the fan will cover at least cooling the first one of them.
Direct contact does put the heat in the pipes faster and a flat base helps even more, while the base is left in a more basic milled finish versus a good mirror polishing, but it is flat across the base. There are V grooves next to the pipes as they pass through the aluminium support. I would suggest a layer of TIM be applied, as the "dob" in the middle will get eaten up by the voids next to the pipe before it makes it to the edges of the IHS.
Here is the six bladed, 92mm, Blademaster fan that ships with the Vortex Plus. It has potential to spin up to 2800 RPM and put out 54.8 CFM while being controlled with the 4-pin PWM motherboard connector. The fan had rubber pads applied to the corners to fight vibration by isolating the fan from the fins.
Adding the fan is pretty simple, just set the fan on top, blowing down into the cooler and using the wire fan clips, and lock the fan in place.
Again, looking from the top, the Blademaster covers quite a bit of the fins surface area and definitely can cover the pre-cooler. Let's get a look at what else ships with the Vortex Plus so I can get it in place for testing.
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