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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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Synthetic Test Results:

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform (50W heat load)
Mfg. Name Model No. Ambient Temp. (C) Large block (C) Small block (c) Thermal compound Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip
1 SwiftTech MC462A Rev1 25.1 41.0 46.6 silver goo none 1lg med-high N/A
2 Thermoengine V60-4210 25.0 43.9 47.6 AOS52029KY grey 1 low mod
3 Zalman CNPS3100 25.2 54.0 48.0 silver goo none 1 lg low med
4 GlobalWin WBK 38 25.0 43.9 49.4 AOS52029KY pink 1 high stiff
5 Vantec FCE-6030D 26.0 46.6 50.7 silver goo none 1 high med
6 Thermaltake Volcano II 26.5 51.7 53.2 AOS52029KY yellow 1 low hard
7 Zalman CNPS3000 26.0 53.4 53.5 silver goo none 1 lg low med
8 Zalman CNPS2005 27.0 56.5 54.8 silver goo none 1 lg low med
9 Blizzard S370-L 25.8 52.4 54.7 silver goo none 1 low easy
10 Thermaltake Superorb 25.6 49.2 60.1 AOS 52029KY none 1 (2) low easy

With a slightly smaller footprint then that of the Globalwin WBK38, the Vantec FCE6030D shows us it can compete with other performance coolers. It's close following to the WBK38 and its' 3 degree lead over the very good performing Volcano II only serve to reinforce the FCE6030D's position as a very good performing cooler.

It is not in the range of the MC462-A, nor is it sitting back in the days of the SuperOrb, but the FCE-6030D has managed to stake out a claim to a very good region of cooling. This is especially worth while if we note that all Vantec fans are designed with OEM applications in mind. For an aluminum OEM heatsink to hit these cooling numbers is quite good. Now lets take a look at the rise above ambient temperature results.

Rise Above Ambient Temperature (C)
Mfg. Model with large block with small block
1 SwiftTech MC462-A Rev1 15.9 21.5
2 Thermoengine V60-4210 18.9 22.6
3 Zalman CNPS3100 29.5 22.8
4 GlobalWin WBK 38 18.9 24.4
5 Vantec FCE-6030D 20.6 24.7
6 Thermaltake Volcano II 25.2 26.7
7 Zalman CNPS3000 27.4 27.5
8 Zalman CNPS2005 28.8 27.8
9 Blizzard S370-L 26.6 28.9
10 Thermaltake SuperOrb 23.6 34.5

Once more, the Vantec FCE-6030D sits dead center in our range of reference heatsinks. The massive, and heavy SwiftTech takes the number one spot, and the SuperOrb brings up the rear. The separation between the the Vantec and the Global win is even closer when we look at pure rise above ambient results.


When you hear the words 'OEM heatsink' it rarely brings to mind any level of very good performance. In fact OEM heatsinks are usually known for using under-powered fans, and offering marginal cooling performance. In this case, Vantec have manufactured a heatsink with the low price point of an OEM heatsink (~$27) and the performance of a very good heatsink.

By implementing the high aspect ratio fin design the designers of this heatsink were able to increase the surface area of the fins, lower the weight of the cooler, and produce a compact and very competent cooler. Is the FCE-6030D a high performance cooler? Well not really, but it is a very good cooler with some high performance characteristics. The clip placement and the fan impressed us, but on the same token, the base finish left something to be desired.

All in all, the FCE6030D should offer cooling performance which is more than suitable for any Athlon or Duron processor out there.

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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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