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Reviewed by: Ed Lau [02.01.03]
Edited by: Carl Nelson
Manufactured by: Vantec

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I’m not quite old enough to remember a world where vinyl was the only thing available but I feared that I was beginning to sound like that clichéd broken record.  However, after a short hiatus from reviewing heatsink fan combos in favor of some wireless technology and a case, I’ve come back to the products that I started at hardCOREware with.

...and what a homecoming it is.

For the first time in a long time, I’m seeing a truly innovative product in front of me.  Not to take anything away from some of the truly amazing high performance combos that I’ve seen recently but the Aeroflow from Vantec is definitely the first I’ve seen that didn’t come from a cookie cutter.  ...yes, I’ll stop with the clichés now.

Chromed-Out 2.0's!

Well, kinda.  The blades of the fan are about 2 inches in diameter.  The Y.S. Tech T.M.D. fan is definitely the first thing you see on the Aeroflow.  Before you ask, the answer is Tip Magnetic Driving.  What exactly does that do and why is it a big deal?  Vantec had the following technical mumbo jumbo to say:

"T.M.D. motor structure requires only simple tool for single-direction winding. It not only substantially increases in the speed of production, but also avoids the defectiveness.  The magnetic line of induction of T.M.D. motor is vertically directed to the permanent magnet. This optimized magnetic line of induction presents low magnetic hysteresis and results in increased torque.  The assembly of T.M.D. motor to the housing applies the method of gomphosis, no need of sophisticated tools. Assembly is convenient and fast. The design of deflection ring around the tips of blades smoothly directs the airflow at straight direction. It avoids the turbulence and therefore significantly reduces the source of noise."

For those of us without engineering degrees and need to whip out a dictionary to find "gomphosis", it means that Y.S. Tech took the fan motor, which usually resides in the middle of the fan, broke it up and put it in the four corners of the fan unit.  As a result, the airflow is no longer hindered by the big, bulky motor in the center and can flow more freely.  Also, by using magnetism to spin the fan, it also reduces the noise.

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