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Cooler Master Vortex Plus - Bringing the Cool to AMD's Athlon II 2010 Lineup
4 October 2011
Excerpt: Cooler Master Vortex Plus - Bringing the Cool to AMD's Athlon II 2010 Lineup AMD May 11th 2010 - AMD are shuffling their mainstream value processors, introducing a new top-dog Athlon II X4, the AMD Athlon II X4 640. Several other AMD Athlon II models are launching and we snagged an energy efficient triple core, the new Athlon II X3e 415. Finally, Cooler Master launched their new budget aftermarket heatsink and fan CPU cooler, the Vortex Plus.
Summary: Vortex Plus is not a cooler targeted to overclockers and enthusiasts. Its main audience are computers mounted in SFF or HTPC (Home Theater PC) cases. It is relatively inexpensive if compared to top notch coolers.
With this in mind the conclusion we get is that it is a mid-range cooler compared to other products with the same target-audience. It is important to consider, however, that Vortex Plus achieved better performance than its predecessor,
Summary: The Vortex Plus heatsink stands 83mm tall, in total. A 25mm thick, 92mm PWM fan exhausts downward so waste air impinges on a lower extruded aluminum heatsink that sits atop the processor. It's both a good use of space for additional cooling surface area and an admission by heatsink designers that the aluminum fins above aren't getting the whole job done by themselves.
Conclusion: The overall look to the Vortex Plus is very pleasant! The four heat pipe design with direct contact to the base is an outstanding addition for cooling efficiency. The wire clips that are used to hold the 92mm fan in place were very capable of doing the job. We have used fan clips in the past that were not able to keep fans in place if you moved the case around.
The Cooler Master Vortex Plus CPU Cooler certainly isn’t the best performing cooler we’ve tested. However it does have an extremely low profile of only 84mm. I would have expected a little better cooling performance from a company like Cooler Master. Overall Think Computers awards the Cooler Master Vortex Plus CPU Cooler a
6 out of 10
Excerpt: Cooler Master needs no introduction at this point in time. I'm almost positive anyone reading this has heard of their cases at least with names like the HAF, the Storm series and of course one of the long time work horses, the CM 690. All of these I have or will very soon have reviewed. But we aren't here to discuss cases or power supplies; this is after all a cooler review.