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  Product:     Vantec AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink  
  Price:     $32 (CAN) / $24 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     Vantec
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     April 19th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Clare from Vantec for sending the AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink for review.

Vantec AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink

Introduction:

CPU coolers have experienced radical changes over the past few years with new technologies increasing overall performance. One key element that has remained consistent in CPU design is the use of ball and sleeve bearing fans. While standard fans do provide adequate cooling, the actual design of the fan creates an airflow "dead zone" immediately below the center of the fan, due to the mounting of the fanís motor. Earlier last year, Vantec released its first revision to their CPU cooler product line with the introduction of the AeroFlow CPU Heatsink. The AeroFlow incorporated a tip-magnetic driving fan which after extended use caused reported performance issues. After re-evaluating the original product design, Vantec has gone back to the drawing board with a revision on the AeroFlow. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink, a premium CPU cooling product designed for the Intel P4 platform.

Specifications:

The AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink combines a standard 70mm ball bearing fan with unique heatsink design. Incorporating a solid copper core surrounded by an aluminum fin design, it is engineered for maximum airflow and is available for both AMD and P4 applications. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Vantec website:

AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink - Key Specifications:
AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink: Manufactured by Vantec
Model: VP4-7245
Outline Dimension: 89.5mm x 71.5mm x 72.9mm
Fan Dimenion: 70mm x 70mm x 20mm
Rated Voltage: 12V
Rated Current: 0.24A
Power Consumption: 2.88W
Bearing Type: Ball Bearing
Fan Speed: 4000 RPM
Airflow: 34 CFM
Noise Level: 35dBA
Life: 50,000 hrs
Weight: 472g
Lifetime: 50,000 hours
Copper Core For Superior Heat Dissipation
High Quality Ball Bearing Fan
Easy Installation

Vantec AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink
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Vantec AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink
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The Vantec AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink product ships in clear retail packaging with the new 70mm cooling fan taking centre stage. The Vantec colour scheme and logo grace the packaging along with a small list of key features towards the bottom. The rear portion of the package shows the advantage of Aeroflow Technology and displays a small layout of the fins relative to the base of the heatsink.

Vantec AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink
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Vantec AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink
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Included with the product itself are an illustrated installation guide, P4 mounting clips and a syringe of generic thermal compound. Out of the packaging, the Vantec AeroFlow 2 VP4-7245 Heatsink measures approximately 89.5mm x 71.5mm x 72.9mm and weighs 472g. The new AeroFlow 2 is almost an exact replica of the original AeroFlow design with the exception of a new 70mm ball bearing fan replacing the original TMD Fan. Vantec is specifically marketing this product as one of the best price/performance heatsinks currently on the market.

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