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

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But That’s Not All!

The T.M.D. is most definitely the centerpiece of innovation in this product.  So much so, in fact, that it may be easy to overlook the second new design incorporated in the Aeroflow.

From the pictures, you may have noticed that the heatsink isn’t quite normal.  All the heatsinks I’ve tested so far have fins that face one direction and therefore, only allow air to flow out the left and the right.  The Aeroflow’s heatsink is designed with airflow in mind and has fins in a four-sided configuration and therefore allows air to flow in each direction.

In the center of the aluminum heatsink is a copper slug which is among the best I’ve seen in terms of smoothness.  This is probably because Vantec placed a thin blue film over the contact area to protect it from scratching during shipping.

Bravo to Vantec’s design team.  It’s great to see a company truly putting some thought and research into a product instead of just slapping on the biggest, loudest fan onto a slab of metal.

My only complaint is not so much a complaint but a curiosity.  I can only imagine how this product would perform if it used a full copper heatsink instead of aluminum with a copper center.

Oh, and be careful when handling the heatsink.  Because of the design, the edges are quite sharp and I did manage to give myself a little cut...but then again, I'm a clumsy guy.

Aesthetics

Admittedly, after looking at row upon row of vanilla looking heatsink fan combos, I would have jumped at anything with a hint of originality like Homer Simpson jumps at anything with a hint of resemblance to food.

The chrome-color finish on the simple, clean fan is a breath of fresh air in a market full of black Deltas and it’ s not a strange orange color like another company which will not be named.

My only gripe is the lack of a fan grille and that is in the interests of safety.  Style-wise, it looks much better without one and it is very unlikely that you will stick your fingers into it whilst your rig is still running.

While we’re on the subject of safety, because of the heatsink design, there are lots of sharp edges that can easily scratch or cut you so be careful.

Mmmm...Free Goo...

As usual, Vantec has included their thermal paste with the Aeroflow.  Last time when I looked at the CopperX, I immediately threw this stuff out but I have been informed that the included paste from Vantec ain’t half bad, apparently much better than that seal plastic baggie with the white crap in it.

However, for the purposes of testing, I will stick with Arctic Silver 3.  A thermal paste shootout is another article altogether.

The mounting clip is similar to the one used in the CopperX and is just as easy to use.  Some people don’t like this particular design but I’m telling you that if your hand fits in the case then this is the easiest combo you will ever install.

Clippers From California That Don't Suck

Rare indeed...and yes, Vantec's USA office is in California.

The mounting clip is similar to the one used in the CopperX and is just as easy to use.  Some people don’t like this particular design but I’m telling you that if your hand fits in the case then this is the easiest combo you will ever install.

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