Date: July 27th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: SilenX
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Silenx has incorporated “heatpipe direct touch” into the design, and the resulting coverage area for contact with the CPU heatspreader is quite large. In fact, the area looks like it may be too large for some chips. We'll take a look after testing is complete. The base contact area lacks the highly polished finish we've seen on a few coolers of this design, but it's very flat and uniform.
Inside the accessory box, Silenx has included a full compliment of goodies. The installation guide and single channel fan speed control module is accompanied by a small syringe if thermal compound, followed by mounting parts for the cooler and fan. The cooler will support two 120mm fans and Silenx has provided enough rubber mounts to allow the used to do so. The small zip bag contains the aforementioned AM3 adapter plates and a single backplate is provided that allows all specified sockets to be supported.
The fan label confirms the listed specifications (or vice-versa,) and the 3-wire fantail terminates in a three-pin connector. Given the length of the fantail and the leads on the speed controller, users should have no trouble finding a suitable place in their case for the controller. That about does it for the product tour, let's proceed to the installation and testing phase of the review and see how the Effizio performs.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for the Prolimatech Megahalems Rev.B CPU cooler will consist of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
We'll test it in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow.