Intel P4 Aircooling - Heatsink Roundup Q4 2004

Cooling/CPU Cooling by jmke @ 2004-10-28

In this roundup we compare 13 different P4 heatsinks made by Thermalright, Coolermaster, Scythe, Speeze, Swiftech, Evercool, Aerocool and TTIC. Using different fans at low and high speed we try to find the best bang for the buck, best performer and most silent heatsink out there.

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Coolermaster Vortex Dream

Coolermaster Vortex Dream:

The Vortex Dream is Coolermaster’s mainstream heatsink and fan solution; aimed at increasing performance over the default Intel stock heatsink while keeping noise levels to a minimum, does it succeed?


This heatsink can be installed on:

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* Full copper design
* 70mm fan support
* 70mm fan included with rheobus
* 485gr without fan


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This heatsink has a very compact design and will fit any motherboard without issue, the core of the heatsink is made out of full copper with a whole collection of fine fins soldered into the center. The base is very smooth; machine lapping is only faintly visible.


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Installation very straightforward and is as easy as installation the default Intel cooler, a well implemented method of using clips which are attached to both the heatsink and fan.

Problems and issues:

  • Due to its small size only 70mm fans are supported, this limits the amount of fan-choices to a minimum. The included 70mm at High speed is quite loud, but drops below the noise level of the Intel HSF when the rheobus is turned to its lowest setting. The smaller the fan, the higher the pitch of the fan noise, this fan is only a bit louder @ low then the Coolink 80mm fan @ low.
  • The default fan configuration has the fan blowing cool air down onto the heatsink, changing the direction of the fan did not cause performance differences, this 70mm CoolerMaster fan also uses custom mounting screws and you’ll need an extra set of screw in order to switch the fan’s orientation and secure it.
  • no finger guard on the fan!


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    With the 70mm fan running at high speed the performance is more then adequate to keep this overclock CPU running within specifications. Lowering the fan speed brings the temperature up to the level obtained with the Intel Stock cooler, but at lower noise level!
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