CoolerMaster Vortex Dream Heatsink/Fan

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August 18, 2004 by Edward Ng with Mike Chin

Product
Cooler Master Vortex Dream HSF
Manufacturer
Cooler Master
MSRP
US$21.99

Today, we're taking a close look at Cooler Master's latest "budget enthusiast cooler," the Vortex Dream. (Editor's Note: Who dreams up these names anyway?!) Let's see how this extremely affordable HSF fares in SPCR's demanding HSF torture tests!

DATA FROM COOLERMASTER

FEATURES:

  • Uni-direction fin heatsink provides maximum heat dissipation area and cooling.
  • Adjustable speed control fan.
  • Ultra silent operation starting at 16dBA.
  • Compatible with both Intel Pentium 4 Socket 478 and AMD Socket 754/940
  • Low Profile! 50mm high only! Compact size!
  • One-set "Crab" design clip. Tool-Free, easy to install!

SUPPORT CPUs:

  • Intel Prescott 3.6G and high
    (Prescott FMB1.5)
  • AMD Athlon 64
  • AMD Athlon 64 FX-51/Opteron

SPECIFICATION:

  • Socket Type: Socket 478&Socket 754/940
  • Dimensions(H/S): 83x68.5x30mm
  • Fan Dimensions: 70x70x20
  • Fan Speed: 1800rpm to 4500rpm
  • Fan Airflow: 41.97CFM
  • Fan Air Pressure: 6.80 mm.H2O
  • Fan Noise: 16dBA to 35dBA
  • Voltage Rating: 12V
  • Heat Sink Material: Full Copper.
  • Connector: 3 pin
  • Weight: 512g

 

DESIGN

The Vortex Dream is a straightforward design, similar to Spire's CoolWave heatsink / fan: A heatsink formed from a single piece of copper with skived-fins and a 70mm fan on top. The 70 x 20 mm fan screws down to the heatsink together with the mounting clips.

While similar in design to the clips on the Spire CoolWave, the Vortex Dream's clips require more force to engage them. Another difference is that the Cooler Master has the user hook in the clips on one side, and then press down on the other side to secure the two.

(An aside from the Editor: There is a dismaying amount of eco-unfriendly plastic used in this retail package. Yes, it's a nice display package for retail stores, the trenches where battles for the consumer's attention are won and lost, but surely, CoolerMaster could be a wee bit more environmentally conscious! Now back to your regular programming...)


The primary press-down side of the clip frame. It takes a forceful push to lock it in.


Hook this side in first, then press down on the opposite side to engage the other two hooks.


Without the fan: It's all from a single piece of copper.



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