Vortex Plus is a low profile CPU cooler with compact size but uncompromising cooling efficiency. The compact feature best suits in HTPC chassis or chassis with slim width and limited space. The heatsink comes with 4 heatpipes and direct contact base to maximize the heat conductivity and dissipation efficiency. The balanced PWM fan works to provide high airflow under high RPM mode
Compact profile design for HTPC chassis and LAN box chassis.
Universal mounting for Intel LGA1366/1156/775 and AMD AM3/AM2/940/939/754 sockets.
4 x Direct Contact heatpipes for seamless contact between CPU surface and cooler.
- by David_W @Jul 16, 2010
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Very good heatsink for the price and cools way better and quieter than stock, as long as you don't have the fan going as fast as it can. I had a p7n 775 MOBO that has high chipset coolers and this fit, then I switched it to a HTPC AMD pc and it was low enough to fit easily. Very good design and adequate cooling.
I purchased one of these to replace the stock cooler on my i860 cpu, which obviously has been designed to be just adequate and nothing more. I wanted something with a little more than adequacy. Although there is sufficient room in my case, I do not like the big tower coolers that are so popular nowadays. I'll admit they may provide better cooling, but hanging all that weight cantilevered off my mainboard socket does not appeal to me. I don't overclock my processors so heat isn't as big an issue for me as it might be for some. Since most low-profile coolers are downdraft, they also provide some cooling of the voltage regulation components surrounding the socket, as well. After looking at all the low-profile coolers available, the Vortex Plus seemed the best mix of performance versus price. In fact, I PM'ed it for less than $25, which was a bargain.
I run this unit fanless on a 65W energy efficient AMD quad core. Since the PSU fan is within CM of the heatsink, the PSU fan pulls enough air to keep the thing cool without a dedicated CPU Heatsink Fan.
It's definitely quieter than stock because it is running fanless and making use of the PSU fan to power it's cooling. Manages 50 deg at full folding load using the airflow from the PSU. No other fans are in the case, as the PSU fan is nearly as big as the mITX motherboard and provides reasonable airflow over all the components.
I bought this HSF to replace the stock i5 760 Intel cooler. The stock cooler is fine as a paperweight, but not good at anything else. The cooler dropped my CPU temps by about 25 degrees over stock and because it is capable of three different orientations, I have it doing a fine job of cooling my MOSFETs too.
I'm using this with an Intel DQ45EK and Antec Skeleton Mini. While I can't use the CPU coolers fan, the fan in the Antec Skeleton provides enough airflow to cover the cooler and other heat sinks.
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