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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [02.19.04]
Manufactured by: Vantec
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A REAL Hard Drive Cooler

Just the other day, we reviewed Cooler Master's "Cooldrive 4". It is advertised as a HDD cooler, but really it's a fan controller that happens to hold hard drives, with minor cooling via a 40mm fan. It looked great, and worked VERY well as a fan controller, so we gave it a nice score, and recommendations.

What if you are truly concerned about the heat generated by your hard drive? If you have one of those new 10K RPM SATA drives, or still risking the life of your data on an IBM DeathStar, you might want to consider some extra cooling for your hard drive. A 40mm fan just might not cut it.

If you are looking for a HDD cooler, and nothing more, Vantec has the product for you. The Vortex HDD Cooling System fits in your 5.25" bay, and even has a built in vibration dampener.

The Vortex sports a more hard edged 'industrial' look than the slick 5.25" accessories we've looked at recently. While it does look basic and industrial with its straight edges and lack of reflective surfaces, it does so without looking cheap. The Vortex is available in black or silver.

The Vortex comes equipped with a built-in flat Thermistor that you can attach to any point of your hard drive, allowing you to stay aware of the temperature of your drive. Temperature is displayed on a clean, again industrial looking yellow LED (it doesn't look yellow in this pic, but that's what it is).

The single button on the front serves two purposes; it switches the speed of the fan from off to low to high speed, and also switches the temperature display from Celsius to Farenheit.

One thing that I have to note is that unlike the Cooldrive 4, the Vortex does not have a memory, and it will reset to the default settings whenever the PC is shut down. There being only 2 settings to change, this isn't such a big deal, but a design flaw nonetheless.

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