Cooler Master Vortex Plus Reviewccokeman - April 19, 2010
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The Vortex Plus is a cooler that is built using a composite design using an aluminum block and fins with four 6mm copper heatpipes used to carry the thermal load from the CPU contact patch to the fin array. This cooler from Cooler Master uses a low profile, down draft design that makes use of Heat pipe Direct Contact technology to enhance its cooling capabilities. It rises off the socket a minimal 84mm or just over 3 inches, so you really have the ability to use the Vortex Plus in any application where a low profile heatsink is required such as an HTPC or small LAN case.
Instead of the traditional heat pipe running through the contact block, the Vortex Plus makes use of Direct Contact technology where the heat pipes are constructed so that they are part of the contact surface. They then wrap up and around to the aluminum fin array so you have the shortest possible path for the thermal energy to go. The contact block is large and offers additional fins to help promote better cooling with the downdraft design of this heat sink.
The PWM fan used by Cooler Master on the Vortex Plus is 92mm in diameter, makes use of a sleeve bearing and delivers anywhere from 16 to 55 C.F.M. depending on how fast the fan is spinning. The range is from 800 to 2800 RPM. To minimize the noise from the Vortex Plus, CoolerMaster has installed rubber blocks on each corner of the fan. This should eliminate the vibration and any noise you would get when you have a fan directly on the heatsink fins. The fan is held on with a pair of brackets that latch onto grooves in the sides of the fin array to keep it in place.
Once mounted, you can see just how low profile this cooler really is. Monting this heatsink is a little different from one that uses a typical push pin mounting system, in that you mount the brackets to the motherboard and then attach a swing arm through the base of the cooler and secured it with a hook on one side and a screw on the other. All in all, it was easy to install... just different, and different isn't always a bad thing! Especially in this case since you no longer have to fight around the heatsink to get the push pins latched in place
Lets see how this cooler performs. Will it be to small or will it be just right?