Reviews and Problems with Cooler Master Vortex Plus
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Brent R., Newegg
6 May 2013
Pros: This thing is awsome! If installed correctly, it works great. You just gotta make sure you got just the right amount of heat sink compound on it, just a very thin layer ( o ya and make sure you get it down into the groves by the heat pipes.
Cons: The lock downs are a little flimsy, just be careful when you install, and all will be well.
Summary: 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.
Pros: For the price you can price match it at it's an amazing cooler., just the right size to fit in smaller cases but still keep cool.
Cons: could have a better fan but not a big deal for the price.
Pros: Tried many after market fans. Many I just thrown away. This is by far the best cooling fan for AMD 4s, 6s, and 8s, Non-FX and FX too! Can be fliped in two directions with shape to put the heat left or right futher with the fins. Copper tube's clear most memory but could touch top of tall heat sinks on the closet dimm to the CPU; when installed tubes toward memory. Always worked anyway. Unless you like to play in the water with those water coolers....this is the best c...
Cons: ONLY ONE>>>>BE SURE TO REMOVE CLEAR SHIPPING
Pros: Dropped temps by 15C at torture test load. Would likely be lower, but I keep my board managing my fan speed. Very quiet operation. No mounting issues at all! Orientation on my matx board has the heatsink aimed out over the northbridge heatsink, not the ram.
Cons: None really. Running like a champ keeping a slight OC nice and cool.
Pros: Very Very efficient after lapping surface. keeps OC'd FX4100 below 30c, low profile, quiet fan with Cool-n-quiet set in bios. Well made for the price.
Cons: Fiddly to install, Took a while to figure out that for AM3 socket, the spring latch must be rotated 90deg from the intel configuration. The positioning is ok as it now moves air over the NB chip. Mating surface not perfectly flat. Consider lapping to flatten and improve efficiency.
Summary: 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.
Pros: Relatively inexpensive, Relatively good build quality, Relatively light, low profile down-draft cooler, Improvement over stock Intel cooler
Cons: Not the best cooling performance compared to many other coolers out there, Will be quite noisy if temperatures cause the fan to ramp up to full speed
Pros: Even though some people had hard time installing this, I didn't. I installed this on my ASUS M4A88TD-V EVO/USB3 with AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition(unlocked to 3 cores) CPU. Of course, it would be really hard if motherboard is already installed.
Summary: - Securing this fan in an AM3 socket is a royal PITA - at least it was for me. I sincerely wished at the time that I had another pair of hands to hold it in place. Good news is once locked, it isn't going anywhere.
Pros: + Manageable size; small enough to fit in modest cases, but powerful enough to do the job for most folks. Infinitely better than the scraps of Reynolds' Wrap AMD calls a heat sink and packages with Athlon IIs these days.
Cons: - Instructions are rather vague; just a piece of paper with pictures in a dozen languages.