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Vantec Aeroflow 2 Heatsink Review

Former staff writer    -   April 5, 2004


Installation


The Aeroflow2 was a bit of a pain to install on my Asus A7N8X DLX. There was a row of capacitors that prevented me from tilting the heatsink 45 degrees as per instructed. I ran into the same problem on my Abit NF7-S but this time it was the height of my Swiftech MCX-159 n/b cooler.


Testing

Testing Method
Temperatures were recorded from the CPU thermal diode using MBM5. Artic Silver 5 was applied to the heatsink according to the directions available at Arctic Silver's website. The compound was given 3 days (72 hours) to set before any testing was done. The idle temperature was recorded after 15 minutes of inactivity. The load temperature was taken after running Prime95 for 15 minutes. Temperatures were taken at stock speeds ([email protected] 1.83Mhz) and overclocked speeds ([email protected] 2200Mhz).

Testing Setup
  • Asus A7N8X DLX rev2.0
  • AMD Athlon XP 2500+ (Barton) (1.83GHz)
  • PMI Turbo series 3200 1024-DP CAS 2
  • Arctic Silver 5 Thermal Compound

    Results

  • Above we can see both heatsinks performing very well. The results were very similar with the Aero7+ having a 1C lower idle and load temp.

    In the overclocked test the Aeroflow 2 couldn’t keep up with the Aero7+. The all copper design and cage type blower gave the Aero7+ a 3C lower temp.


    Conclusion

    I have to admit I expected the Aeroflow 2 to deliver slightly lower temps than the Aero7+, but this was not the case. Nothing really excited me with the Aeroflow 2 unlike the Aeroflow that got much of its hype from its T.M.D fan. Installation could be a hassle for some users of the A7N8X or motherboards with large N/B coolers. At 35dbA it’s not the quietest fan I've seen but falls into the middle of the pack. Having never owned the Aeroflow I can’t say if the Aeroflow 2 is a better performing heatsink. I guess I just had to high of hopes for the Aeroflow2, now don’t get me wrong the Aeroflow2 is a solid heatsink with a good price vs. performance ratio just nothing really stood out at me. The Aeroflow 2 would make a solid upgrade from something like the stock AMD cooler.

    Pros

    • Price
    • Performance
    • Looks

     

    Cons

    • Installation



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