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"The P3D-5030 uses 2 50x10 fans but the heatsink is almost twice as big."

It is mentioned on the Millisec.com website that the VGS-08++ performs better then a P3D-5030 from Vantec; I had big doubts about that. The P3D-5030 uses 2 50x10 fans but the heatsink is almost twice as big. I was having a hard time believing that just the fans could make such a big difference. So I included a P3D-5030 in the test to give it a chance to prove itself. I used the Unreal flyby demo to heat the CPU up to its maximum temperature. All tests were conducted with the case open. Here is a description of my test system:

PII 400
Abit BE6-II
128m PC100
Viper V770 TNT2 video card

VGS-08 Vantec P3D-5030 VGS-08++
Highest Temp: 35C 35C 34C
Average Temp: 33.65C 33.03C 31.56C

The VGS-08++ did beat the P3D-5030, not by much though. This extra amount of cooling power does have its price though, the VGS-08++ is much louder then the 2 others, those Motor One fans do the job well but they are very loud.

The regular VGS-08 still performed very well for its price and size. Millisec.com sells it for only $12, a real bargain. That is really cheap; you will not find this unit for much less anywhere else.

The VGS-08++ is a little bit more expensive, $21, but I think the unit is worth every penny you will spend on it. This one is exclusive from Millisec.com so you won't find it elsewhere.

by Jean-Christophe Turcot

VGS-08: Performance - 9 Price - 10 Overall - 9.5
VGS-08++: Performance - 9 Price - 8 Overall - 8.5

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