Date: April 8th, 2002
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated from: VantecUSA
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"VANTEC is committed to sharing our technical expertise & innovative design in providing total-solution for thermal management. We offer the most enhanced cooling solution for industrial and personal computers. To meet your need for different marketing & pricing strategies, we offer a complete series of thermal products covering a broad range of market segments." (Quoted courtesy of VantecUSA.com)
Product Introduction and Product Specifications:
Recommended For: Intel Pentium III FC-PGA/FC-PGA 2 up to 1.4Ghz , Celeron ( PPGA ),AMD Athlon XP up to 2000
Clip Material: SK7
Heat Sink Material: Copper (Solid, not welded!!)
Heat Sink Dimension: 60.0 x 61.6 x 12.0 (mm)
Fan Dimension: 60.0 x 60.0 x 10.5 (mm)
Outline Dimension: 60.0 x 61.6 x 22.5 (mm)
Bearing Type: Double Ball Bearing
Weight: 220.0 (gm)
Thermal Resistance: 0.78°C/W
Fan Size(mm): 60.0 x 60.0 x 25.0 (mm)
Fan Speed(RPM) 4800
Air Flow(CFM) 21.19
Noise Level(dBA) 36.5
Closer Look and Initial Thoughts:
This little wonder first entered my testing lab as a surprising little addition to a package from Vantec. I was kind of interested to as what was contained within this little box.
Upon picking up the box I realized the heft of this little guy. For such as small box, this bugger weighed quite a bit, so I popped it open and pulled it out.
Hehe, cute little guy. I have been working with a lot of coolers for the last while and was kind of refreshed to see something a little different than a big beast with a screaming delta. Seeing that this a server rackmount cooler I still wondered how it would perform in my system. Curiosity got the better of me and that is why you are reading this review today.
With closer inspection, I found that this cooler is one piece of copper, no welded fins or rough finish, just solid copper. The finish was quite impressive. Everything smooth and polished and not a cutmark or blemish to be seen.
As you can see, this cooler has an amazing finish on the bottom. Perfect polish and not one imperfection. (Also I would like to draw your attention to my favorite beer.) This finish will make up a little for the coolers lack of size. A better polishing (lapping) on a cooler's bottom will always help in increasing the efficiency of heat transfer from the CPU core slug to the heatsink.
The package also included a container of thermalpaste which for once wasn't just a package of goop.
NOW, LETS SEE IF THIS LITTLE GUY WILL PERFORM!!