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Vantec CCK6012 Copper 1U Heatsink Review
Vantec CCK6012 Copper 1U Heatsink Review
Abstract: The new CCK-6012 copper 1U heatsink immediately caught our eyes because each and every fin has been cut from what was once a solid.

 Manufacturer  Category  Published  Author 
Vantec   Cooling / Heatsinks   Apr 23, 2002   Max Page  

Home > Reviews > Page: Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample

Acoustic Samples: Listen to this Heatsink!

The little CCK-6012 doesn't make a lot of noise, and even if it did, in its intended operating environment you wouldn't notice the noise. servers are notoriously noisy. For those of you thinking about sticking the CCK-6012 in something else other than a 1U server we offer this small sampling of fan noise. To listen to the CCK-6012 simply click on the little pair of headphones and download the MP3 recording.

FrostyTech Acoustic Sampling Chamber
Listen to this Heatsink now.
Standard Waveform view of a 10 second recording. Click on the headphones to listen to an MP3 recording of this heatsink in operation.

Sound Level Measurements:

Listening to the actual noise a heatsink makes allows you to hear what pure numbers alone cannot get across. To further emphasize FrostyTech's reliance on cold hard facts when evaluating a heatsink, we also take Decibel readings with a sound level meter. These results may be higher than the manufacturer's listed specs, but then again these are real world measurements.

FrostyTech Sound Level Results
- Manufacturer Model Noise Level Scale
Vantec CCK6012 49.5 dB

Anything under 55 dB is pretty decent, and at 49.5 dB the Vantec CCK-6012 is pretty darn quiet as you might imagine.

Synthetic Temperature Test Results: *Ranked according to 100W small interface die test results.

1U - FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform Results
Mfg. Model Ambient Temp. 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip force
50W 50W 100W 100W
1 Arkua 6149 23.2 50.9 53.1 81.2 81.4 silver 1 low med
2 Dynatron DC1206BMR 23.8 51.0 56.5 80.6 86.8 silver 1 med stiff
3 Spire 5R057B1M3R 23.0 44.9 69.7 66.4 89.7 silver 1 med easy
4 Vantec CCK6012 23.5 58.4 60.7 91.7 96.5 ceramic 1 low stiff
5 Alpha Pal153 21.9 60.4 62.4 97.4 104.3 silver 1 low easy
6 Thermaltake DTFCF014-1 26.0 60.0 69.6 94.2 108.4 ceramic 1 low easy
7 Thermaltake TFCFR06 24.9 67.1 71.3 106.1 112.1 ceramic 1 low med
8 Vantec FCE-6010 25.6 70.7 72.4 111.3 116.9 silver 1 low stiff
50W 50W 100W 100W

Even with all the copper under foot, the CCK-6012 doesn't quite place at the top of reference 1U heatsinks, but it does show some pretty decent thermal results relatively speaking. The 100W small interface die test is particularly devastating for 1U heatsinks (the really bad ones start to melt when the temp reaches 120 degrees Celsius). What is nice to see is that Vantec have improved over their first attempt, the FCE-6010, which proved to be one of the poorest performing 1U heatsinks we've tested.

Let's have a look at the rise above ambient temperature results and see how things fair under those results.

1U - Rise Above Ambient Temp. (c)
Mfg. Model 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block 27mm large copper block 15mm small copper block
50W 50W 100W 100W
1 Arkua 6149 27.7 30.0 58.0 58.2
2 Dynatron DC1206BMR 27.2 52.7 56.8 63.0
3 Spire 5R057B1M3R 21.9 46.7 43.4 66.7
4 Vantec CCK6012 34.9 37.2 68.2 73.0
5 Alpha Pal153 38.6 40.5 75.5 82.4
6 Thermaltake DTFCF014-1 34.0 43.6 68.2 82.4
7 Thermaltake TFCR06 42.2 46.4 81.2 87.2
8 Vantec FCE-6010 45.1 46.8 85.7 91.3
50W 50W 100W 100W

These results peg the Vantec CCK-6012 at a performance level just a bit above the Alpha PAL153, but since that heatsink was tested with a different kind of thermal compound at the time the results may be a bit skewed. With a rise above ambient temperature of 73.0 degrees, the CCK-6012 is good stable performer for the type of 1U tests we can conduct.

In an enclosed case with additional cross ventilation it would really depend on the orientation of the heatsink as to weather it would see improved cooling benefits or not. Bottom line, the Vantec CCK-6012 is a big improvement over the lack luster FCE-6010 heatsink, and with all that copper I can't help but think of a few other applications for it besides cooling server processors in tight environments.

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 1:  Vantec CCK6012 Copper 1U Heatsink Review
 2:  Acoustic / Thermal Heatsink Test Parameters
 3: — Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample

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