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Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler

Product: Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler
Date: October 27, 2008
Author: Greg Baden
Edited By: Bob Buskirk
Provided By: Vantec
Pages: 1 2 3 4
Discussion: Discuss in Forums

Overview

The Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU cooler is the second of two CPU Coolers that we've gotten a chance to review from Vantec. We previously reviewed the Vantec AeroFlow FX 92 and the FX 120 is essentially the same CPU cooler, just with a slightly different design and a larger fan. The 3 in 1 CPU Mounting bracket system allows users to use the heatsink on pretty much any CPU socket type. The FX 120 has three 8mm copper heatpipes which run from the base all the way up the fins and having them capped off at the top of the heatsink, making a total of six caps.

Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler
Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler

The 120mm white PWM fan blows cool air through the fans to cool down the heatsink. The fan runs between 1000 ~ 2200 RPM with the PWM feature running. To reduce noise the fan is attached to the heatsink via a fan vibration dampener which in reality is a rubber attachment rather than a metal screw. Obviously the 120mm fan will supply more airflow than the 92mm fan of the AeroFlow FX 92, but something interesting to note is that the FX 120 is quieter than the FX 92.

Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler

The FX 120 has a more rectangular design than the FX 92 does. No fancy designs in the heatsink here, just a simple rectangular design all the way down.

Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler

The three heatpipes are equally separated the entirety of their length. Running through the heatpipes they're separated by fins, but once they reach the base, the base actually houses the distance between the three. The Heat-Pipe Direct Touch Technology (HDT) from what I understand is just a fancy name for where the heatpipes actually touch the CPU. It must be a marketing thing, because all of the CPU coolers that I know offer the same exact system. The heatpipes where in contact with the CPU are also not polished, but rather just brushed.

Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler

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