The Vantec FCE-62540D
gathered quite a name for themselves when it comes to cooling products. Their
latest creation, the 62540D continues in that genre with a serious heatsink
and fan combination. At first glance, it appears that the Socket 7/370/A compliant
unit couldn't possibly fit onto many motherboards, but wait, the bottom surface
is recessed to such a high degree that compatibility is almost a non-issue.
As long as this model meets your height restrictions, usability won't even
be a passing thought. Thanks goes to Vantec
USA for the review sample.
- Fan: 38 CFM
- Noise: 46.5dBA
- Power: 3.84W
- HxWxD: 71x60x80mm
- Price: $18
wimpy clips that mash your thumb during installation? The Vantec has a clip
that relieves most of that concern. The fan adheres to the heatsink in an
ingenious fin/clip arrangement, so the screws are short but the fan is still
stable (not wobble prone). The fan looks like a typical model from Global
Win FKP/FDP products, but let me assure you that the first time you fire this
conglomeration up, the differences smack you right in this face...a nearly
7000 rpm face.
in the specs, the heatsink has a recessed bottom, so capacitor near the CPU
socket need not worry about being pushed or pried to accommodate this mighty
hunk of aluminum. The upside (or downside as you see it) is the widening that
occurs just above the CPU squash point. The fins flare out to a whopping 80mm
(3.15"). Hopefully, this bulge won't interfere with anything else (i.e.,
RAM strips, etc.). The upside of the design is that airflow is maximized and
this combo can be used to effectively cool anything in its proximity, like
video cards, RAM and so forth.