An OK choice for CPU cooling – Joe
SUMMARY: Good performance at acceptable noise levels.
The kind folks at Vantec were nice enough to send a sample of their latest heatsink, the Vantec Aeroflow 2 (P4) (model # VP4-7245) and Vantec Aeroflow 2 (Socket A/370) (model # VA4-7245). This is an update of the Vantec Aeroflow. The Aeroflow 2 is a sawed aluminum heatsink with a copper plug insert which sits on the CPU core. The base
clearly show the copper plug and fin structure, which is different from the first Aeroflow; this version does not feature “unique, four-sided aluminum fins that slope inside the heatsink”, but rather a more traditional straight-cut design.
The grill on top of the heatsink is plastic – on one sample, it was broken:
It wasn’t immediately obvious until I powered up – then the fan made a racket as it hit the cover. Easy enough to fix – just lift the cover a bit until it clears the fan’s blades.
The Vantec Aeroflow 2 (P4) was tested on an Acorp 4S845A motherboard with a modified P4 1500 to read CPU case temps; for Socket A, I used the CPU Die Simulator.
CPU Case Temp
|Vantec Aeroflow 2, 4476 rpm, 60 dBA²|
|Vantec Aeroflow 2, 4522 rpm, 62 dBA, 70.6w²|
C/W = Delta / CPU Watts