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Cooler Master Vortex Plus Review



The goal here is to find out just how the Cooler Master Vortex Plus performs, I will be making a comparison of the temperatures at idle and under load, both while the CPU is at stock voltages and clock speeds. As well as when the CPU is overclocked and over-volted. Doing so will show what kind of cooling performance the cooler has to offer when compared to other compatible heat sinks. These heat sinks will be tested head-to-head as they are delivered from the manufacturer. I could throw in a bunch of testing variables, but it is not what the products are capable of as delivered. To test the idle temperatures, I will allow the computer to stay idle for 30 minutes and take the idle temperature at this point. For the load testing, I will use Prime95 version 25.9 and choose the blend testing and allow the processor and memory controller to heat up to the maximum temperatures. The time frame is a four hour run to allow the temperature to peak, usually in the 14K test. I will use Real Temp 3.0 to take the high and low temperatures and average the temperatures generated over the four cores as my reported temperature.

Testing Setup:


Comparison Heat sinks:







The cooling performance of the Vortex Plus is not what I was expecting. It actually was right in the middle of the pack during the stock load testing at 53° C, a full 8° C better than the Silent 1156 and about on par with the Titan Skalli and a full 16° C better under load than the stock solution. When overclocked, the smaller size of the fin array comes into play with a 63° C load temperature. Even though that is warmer than all of the aftermarket heatsinks save the Silent 1156, it is still a whopping 20° C cooler than the stock solution.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: Continued
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Conclusion
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