Unlike most other coolers, the fans on this particular unit
aren't just screwed on the heatsink. In this unit a plastic
cover holds them in place. This cover is also used as a fan
guard making it impossible for loose wires to get shredded in
the fans. The unit fits on my BE6-2 (barely) so there shouldn't
be any major problems with the size, though some of you with
smaller mainboards may experience problems.
have criticized this unit for not having "ventsink" as seen
on some other popular units. Ventsinks are holes in the heatsink
that let the fresh air from the fans reach the cache chips.
Some holes are present but they're very small and not aligned
with the cache chips like they should be. But this could be
a nice advantage if your planning on using spacers to cool your
cache chips. The underside of this heatsink is totally flat,
and the heatsink itself is very well crafted and showed no faults
of any kind. Vantec even engraved their name and logo in it,
a nice finishing touch.
installation was pretty simple. Just pass the four pins of the
heatsink through the processor and secure the unit with the
clip. I had to try this more than once to install the clip.
But once done properly, the clip locks the processor very tight,
which is good. A single 3-pin connector powers both fans. This
might be useful for some of you if you only have one available
plug on your motherboard. The down side of it is that you can
only monitor one fan's RPM. It would have been better to put
two individual connectors and to include a Y adaptor.