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  Product:     Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System  
  Price:     $53 (CAN) / $40 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Vantec
  Author:     DrMobius
  Date:     November 28th, 2003
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Clare from Vantec for sending the Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System for review.

Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System

Introduction:

As computer hardware continues to climb the ladder of electronic evolution, constantly becoming faster and more efficient, the temperatures of the devices climb as well. The industry standard for hard drives is currently rated between 5400 RPM to 7200 RPM, and newer models are being developed to increase this speed to higher performance levels. As the hard drives spin faster they tend to generate more heat. If a hard drive is not properly cooled, the risk for data loss and file corruption increases as well as the potential for hard drive failure. In order to prevent this, many computer hardware manufacturers have introduced devices where the sole purpose is to provide component cooling. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the latest hard drive cooling system developed by Vantec marketed under the brand name of the Vortex.

Specifications:

The Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System is an all-in-one solution designed specifically for cooling hard drive components. The product includes a full aluminum housing, adjustable fan speed, digital temperature display, and Vantec’s special design crossflow blower. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Vantec website:

Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System - Key Specifications:
Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System: Manufactured by Vantec
Dimensions: 210mm x 148.5mm x 42.5 mm
Weight: 750 gm
Model: VTX-C01-BK
Rated Voltage: 12V
Rated Current: 0.1A
Fan Speed: 2000 ~ 3700 RPM
Airflow: 16 ~ 30 CFM
Noise Level: 28 ~ 38 dBA
Fan MTBF: 30,000 hrs
Bearing Type: Ball Bearing

Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System - Key Features:
Lower your hard drive temperature by up to 40%
Unique mounting design to dampen hard drive vibration
Special design crossflow blower for superior airflow
Adjustable fan speed (High, Low, OFF)
Temperature display in C° / F°
Replaceable filters to reduce dust build up
Compatible with all 3.5" hard drive
Fits in a standard 5.25" drive bay
Fan MTBF: 30,000 hrs
Includes 3 dust filters

Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System
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Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System
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The Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System was shipped in a double-walled corrugated box sporting the Vantec logo. The box was filled with polystyrene peanuts and included the Vortex in the retail packaging. The front of the box shows a nice product shot of the unit with the digital temperature reading an extremely low 23°C. The back of the box illustrates the features and specifications of the Vortex and also has a few diagrams of the new crossflow blower.

Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System
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Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System
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Inside the retail box the Vortex was tightly wrapped in protective plastic bubble wrap. The first thing I noticed when taking the Vortex out of the retail box was how heavy the unit was in comparison to some of the other hard drive coolers on the market. This is because the Vortex is constructed primarily out of aluminum as opposed to its plastic counterparts. Stuffed inside the Vortex itself was a plastic bag that contained mounting screws, tape to secure the sensor to the hard drive, and 2 extra filters. Also inside the Vortex was an instruction booklet with full color installation guide, display operation instructions, as well as information on how to change the dust filter.

Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System
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Vantec Vortex Hard Drive Cooling System
Vantec Vortex external casing
 

The external casing of the Vortex unit comes off easily by removing 4 screws (2 on each side). Once the top casing is off, you can see Vantec’s special crossflow blower design which is mounted under a protective cover that also helps direct the air flow. The aluminum casing is grooved, much like the casing on a car stereo amplifier, to help keep the internal temperatures and the casing cool.

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