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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 09 October 2008
Table of Contents: Page Index
Best CPU Cooler Performance - Q3 2008
Thermally Conductive Element Reference
Cooler Master Geminii S
Cooler Master V8
Coolink Silentator
Evercool Transformer 6
OCZ Gladiator Max
Thermaltake V14 Pro
Vantec AeroFlow FX 120
Xigmatek Apache EP-CD901
Xigmatek HDT-S1284
Zalman CNPS9300 AT
Zaward Gyre ZCJ010
TIM Application and Surface
Testing Methodology
Test Results: Stock Cooling Fan
Test Results: High-Output Fan
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Best of Q3 2008 Conclusion

Vantec AeroFlow FX 120

The Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 is a high performance CPU cooler. It incorporates a specialized 8mm diameter copper heat-pipe for optimum heat transfer. With its unique Heat-Pipe Direct Touch Technology (HDT), the heat-pipe is in direct contact with the processor and minimizes thermal resistance. Combine with a powerful 120mm PWM fan and fan vibration dampener, the thin & lightweight heat sink design allows the fan to easily dissipate the heat accumulated and minimizes noise. Excellent compatibility with its 3-in-1 mounting bracket, the Vantec AeroFlow FX 120 is a perfect choice for keeping your processor cool.

Vantec caught sight of a good thing, and set out to improve upon it with the the AeroFlow FX 120. Inspired by the Xigmatek HDT-S1284, the Vantec VAF-1225 polished the rough edges and delivers the same high-performance HDT technology design paired to good looks. A clean white fan replaces the dark black one, and chromed heat-pipe tips replace exposed copper crimps. I have to admit though, I've seen this design before elsewhere.


There aren't too many differences between the HDT-S1283 and Vantec's AeroFlow FX 120, but they do exist. The AeroFlowFX is very much alike to other HDT coolers that use the classic "U" shaped heat-pipe design, however Vantec cleans up the edges with nice chrome heat-pipe tips and a polished fin retaining plate. Additionally, the VAF-1225 mounting base is a nicer aluminum alloy component similar to the new four-pipe HDT-S1285.

The stock Intel push-pin mounting system is utilized on the AeroFlow FX, which is a disappointment for this improved version of Xigmateks original product. For our tests however, the stock retaining clips were replaced with the Crossbow kit for the best possible contact pressure.

As of October 2008, the Vantec VAF-1225 is currently listed at NewEgg for $39.99. With a bit more searching, we've discovered the AeroFlowFX sold at other retailers for a little less. It seems that CPU cooler prices are all on the rise, and this pricing fits the average price for HDT coolers.


VAF-1225 Specifications

  • Model: VAF-1225
  • Heat Sink Material: Aluminum
  • Dimension: 84x120x159mm
  • Weight: 680 g
  • Heat Pipe Size: 8mm in Diameter
  • Number of Heat Pipe: 3
  • Fan Dimension: 120x120x25mm PWM
  • Bearing Type: Fluid Magnetic Bearing
  • Fan Speed: 1000 ~ 2200 RPM
  • Airflow: 72.1 ~ 99.6 CFM
  • Noise Level: 20 ~ 32 dBA


About the company: Vantec Thermal Technologies

Founded in 1994, and located in Fremont, CA, Vantec is a leading brand of computer accessories that provides a complete line of Storage, Thermal, and Mobile solutions. We are devoted to every computer user from mainstream to enthusiast. Our goal is to provide a complete and affordable way for all your computing needs.

At Vantec, we strive to be innovative, and with our popular NexStar External Hard Drive Enclosure Series, Vantec is leading the scene of the Built-Your-Own-Drive. The bold colors and mirror finish on the NexStarTM3, changed industry outlook and put back the WOW factor. Vantec set a new standard and personalized it. No longer does an external enclosure have to look boring. Passing the 1 million units milestone in 2007, Vantec continue to expand its successful NexStarTMseries along with the EZ-Swap, LapCool, Stealth, AeroFlow, Tornado and Iceberq lines.

We understand that technology is changing faster than ever, and in 2003, we established a R&D and Sales office in Taiwan. Through this expansion, we are constantly integrating innovative technology to our products. Now with a world wide distribution network, Vantec products can be seen across the globe.


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