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Vantec GSN-7015 Socket 478 Heatsink Review
Vantec GSN-7015 Socket 478 Heatsink Review
Abstract: Powered by a chunky 70mm fan the GSN-7015 produces only a moderate amount of noise, much like other socket 478 heatsinks on the market.

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Vantec   Cooling / Heatsinks   Jan 20, 2002   Max Page  

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

The 15mm thick 70mm fan with its 11 blades is considerably quieter than we had originally anticipated it would be. In most systems, the heatsink would probably drowned in with the powersupply fans and not be any problem noise wise. To hear this heatsink, click on the pair of headphones pictured below.

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

FrostyTech Synthetic Temperature Test Platform Results
Mfg. Model Ambient Temp. 27mm large copper block 27mm large copper block Thermal pad No. Fans Fan Noise Clip force
50W 100W
1 AVC 117140 22.6 37.8 50.4 none 1 med med
2 Arkua 8568 22.4 37.8 51.7 none 1 med med
3 Vantec GSN-7025 22.5 41.7 58.5 none 1 med med
4 Chauh Choung DTA-478 22.4 42.1 59.0 carbon 1 low med
5 Intel Socket 478 22.4 41.8 59.8 carbon 1 low med
6 Dynatron DC1206BM-S 22.4 43.2 62.0 none 1 med med
7 AVC 117160 22.4 42.7 62.2 white pad 1 med med
8 Vantec GSN-7015 22.4 47.5 69.0 none 1 loud stiff
50W 100W

For the reasons we had mentioned earlier this particular GSN-7015 didn't fair to well against the other reference coolers, and specifically against the default standard, the Intel Socket 478 cooler. Had the base been flatter, the GSN-7015 probably would have come in quite close to the Dynatron and AVC coolers. Still, this would have left the heatsink below the default standard, so unfortunately there wouldn't be much reason to switch to this heatsink unless you were intent on dropping in a more powerful fan - something that isn't easily done with the Intel socket 478 heatsink.

Please note, that since socket 478 heatsinks are only capable of mounting to a motherboard with a HSRM, we will only be testing them on the large copper interface die.

Rise Above Ambient Temp. (c)
Mfg. Model 27mm large copper block 27mm large copper block



1 AVC 117140 15.2 27.8
2 Arkua 8568 15.4 29.3
3 Vantec GSN-7025 19.2 36.0
4 chauh Choung DTA-478 19.7 36.6
5 Intel Socket 478 19.4 37.4
6 Dynatron DC1206BM-S 20.8 39.6
7 AVC 117160 20.3 39.8
8 Vantec GSN-7105 25.1 46.6



With a temperature 7 degrees behind that of the AVC 117160, the GSN-7015 doesn't put up the best possible fight, and not one you might have immediately anticipated.

We've said this time and time again, base finish is very important, and ideally it would be great to see manufacturers machine finish every heatsink but this isn't always possible. At the very least it would have been good to see the base of the GSN-7015 sanded to remove any slightly wavy features left from the extrusion die.

This is all moot for the most point, as the GSN-7015 has been surplanted by the newer GSN-7025. Still, a few minutes of lapping would be highly recommended if you happen to own this cooler.

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Table of Contents:

 1:  Vantec GSN-7015 Socket 478 Heatsink Review
 2:  Looking at the heatsink from all angles
 3:  Heatsink Test Apparatus - Socket 478
 4: — Thermal Test Results, Acoustic Sample

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