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Vantec FCE-6030D Heatsink Review
Vantec FCE-6030D Heatsink Review
Abstract: We found it interesting to note that with this heatsink a high aspect ratio fin design was implemented. In the past we've only ever seen this type of fin density on TEC-specific coolers.

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Vantec   Cooling / Heatsinks   May 20, 2001   Max Page  

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Vantec FCE-6030D Perspectives

The Fan:
Like most Vantec heatsinks, the FCE6030D uses a 6800RPM fan - protected with nice shiny finger guard. The Delta fans put out near 36CFM of air flow but generate a lot of noise. With upwards of 46dBa of noise produced, this is not the quietest heatsink out there. The fan uses dual ball bearings.

Heatsink Top:
this is one of the first commercial heatsinks we've seen from a major heatsink manufacturer to utilize a high aspect ratio fin design.
Fins are grouped closer together than with a traditional heatsink to improve overall performance, and reduce size. With more fins crammed into the same footprint, surface area is increased dramatically. The cuts for the clip are 4mm wide.

Side A:
There does seem to be a trend developing in the design of heatsinks where fins are just about the same height as the fans used to cool them. In the case of the FCE6030D, the fan is 25mm tall, and the fins 20mm. Each fin is spaced 1mm apart (most heatsinks we looked at have a 2mm fin spacing) and range in thickness from ~0.8mm to ~0.6mm at the tip. The base is 7mm thick.

Side B:
It may not be immediately obvious why this clip design is better then the old standard. By splitting up the path cut through the fins, Vantec are able to move those clip troughs over to the side. This keeps the area directly above the CPU core covered with more fins, which is good for thermal transmission. The clip is not difficult to clip on like some other heatsinks we've looked at. No tools are necessary, as the thumb clip is more than sufficient.

Heatsink Base:
Overall Vantec make some very good heatsinks, but the base always seems to be a bit lacking. As with most
extruded heatsinks, the base is bowed inward very slightly. More significantly, the base finish is moderately rough. A machined base would be great to see, and I urge Vantec to move towards that level of finish. A small pack of thermal compound is included with the heatsink.

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 1:  Vantec FCE-6030D Heatsink Review
 2: — Vantec FCE-6030D Perspectives
 3:  Details and Testing
 4:  Synthetic Test Results:

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