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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

Testing

The following system was used in testing:

Case: NZXT Tempest
Motherboard: XFX 680i LT SLI
CPU: Q6600 @ 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2x2GB OCZ SLI Ready DDR2 800 MHz
CPU cooling: Masscool 8W553, SilenX iXtrema IXC-120HA2, Thermaltake DuOrb, Titan Cool Idol, Cooler Master GeminII S, Cooler Master Sphere, Cooler Master Hyper 212, Zalman CNPS9300 AT, Vantec AeroFlow FX 92, Vantec AeroFlow FX 120
Video Card: XFX 9800 GTX Black Edition

Tests were conducted under idle and load states. The computer was left to sit after 30 minutes after being turned on to check the idle temperature. The load temperature was found by using four instances of Prime95. Temperatures were obtained through SpeedFan.

CPU Cooler

Idle

Load

Masscool 8W553

46C

70C

SilenX iXtrema - Low

45C

69C

SilenX iXtrema - High

44C

66C

SilenX iXtrema - 2x Fans

44C

64C

Thermaltake DuOrb

47C

67C

Titan Cool Idol - Low

45C

62C

Titan Cool Idol - High

44C

59C

Cooler Master Sphere

46C

61C

Cooler Master Hyper 212

44C

54C

Zalman CNPS9300 AT

41C

55C

Vantec AeroFlow FX 92

46C

60C

Vantec AeroFlow FX 120

43C

58C


As you can see the Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 performed better than the FX 92 in idle by 3C and under load 2C, with total temperatures of 43C and 58C respectively. While it still wasn't the best performing CPU cooler we've tested it still provided some fairly good cooling temperatures.

Conclusion

While I'm not the biggest fan of the Intel LGA 775 pushpin design I still think that this CPU cooler is alright. It has a PWM 120mm fan, keeps the CPU cool, and is very quiet with the fan vibration dampener. While major online retailers have it for quite a bit more than smaller retailers you can still manage to find this product for less than $45. While it's not the cheapest or the most expensive, I think that it fits right in the middle just along with the quality you'd be getting. ThinkComputers awards the Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 CPU Cooler a 9 out of 10 score.


Pros:

- Good cooling temperatures
- Decent price
- Supports multiple socket types
- Quiet PWM Fan

Cons:

- LGA 775 pushpin design
- Could be too large for some cases

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