I'm going to say it again but I really don't hold to HD coolers of any kind, and the majority I have seen don't do anything or barely cool the drive better than having no cooling at all. The Vortex with its crossflow fan design does actually cool the drive, with a drop of 10C or more with no cooling and 4C from a low moving fan blowing across your drive from the front of the case.
End of the day the temperatures even without cooling are no cause for concern but if you do have a heat problem for your hard drive then this Vortex is the only dedicated cooler I would recommend. It's the only one I have seen that actually does cool the drive. The fan is filtered and Vantec include 3 filters with the unit. Temperatures are measured with a proper thermal probe, and are displayed on a basic LCD. Fan speeds can be controlled with the touch of a button and at the Lo setting the unit is very quiet in comparison to the rest of my water-cooled system.
Hard Drives are mounted on rubber mounts and whilst the rear mounts don't reach they do squash down enough so as not to hinder mounting of a drive. Speaking of which, with its open ended design you can mount any kind of 3.5" HDD, be it SATA, IDE or SCSI. As HD Coolers go this is the only one I've personally seen that does actually cool your drive properly so if you need one this is the one to get. Question is do you need one?
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