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Vantec FCE6010 1U-Heatsink Review
Vantec FCE6010 1U-Heatsink Review
Abstract: Knowing the limitations of a heatsink is important for any application, but doubly so for servers where downtime is just not allowed.

 Manufacturer  Category  Published  Author 
Vantec   Cooling / Heatsinks   Dec 20, 2001   Max Page  

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

Noise levels are really not much of an issue with 1U coolers as SCSI drives, case fans and whatnot produce a lot more noise inside the server than any processor cooling solution is likely to. Still, if you would like to listen to this heatsink click on the headphones.

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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 FCE-6010 25.6 70.7 72.4 111.3 116.9 silver 1 low stiff
50W 50W 100W 100W

The initial results for the FCE6010 should be seen in two different lights. The results for the cooler on the 50W heat load show it coming in last for our set of reference coolers, but not out of scale. This all changes when we move to the higher power 100W test.

Here the FCE-6010 is obviously out of its design specs, and is just suffers under 120C temperatures. This is one of the first heatsinks we have seen that broke the 100 C barrier on out test platform, and one that broke by quite a substantial amount. This should give you a good idea of how well heatsinks work that an keep their 100W test temperatures in the low 50's or even 40's.

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 78.0 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 FCE-6010 45.1 46.8 85.7 91.3
50W 50W 100W 100W

Okay so the rise above ambient temperatures are a little bit more forgiving and better represent the limitations of the FCE-6010. On the 50W test it comes in just behind the all copper Spire cooler, and above that of the Dynatron. On these types of heat loads the FCE-6010 is about average. Before we more to the 100W test results also notice the elevated temperatures on the large interface die for the 50W test - the FCE-6010 is just too far out of range.

On the 100W test the large interface die again shows the limitations of this cooler, it simply doesn't have the necessary requirements to cool the large interface die to acceptable levels. The situation is elevated even further on the small interface die where the temperature reaches 91C. This is very far out of spec and leaves us to the conclusion that the only acceptable application for the FCE-6010 is on small die chips that produce less than 50W. Any other applications are just too far out of spec and not a good idea.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Vantec FCE6010 1U-Heatsink Review
 2:  A perspective view at this heatsink
 3:  1U Heatsink Manefesto - Acoustic, Thermal
 4: — Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample

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