Date: May 26th, 2009
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
The Silenx offering is quite large when compared to the stock cooler. Mr. Bones is impressed with the size of the cooler and the large 8mm heatpipes that are employed to transfer the heat from the CPU to the fins. However, he's more interested to see how quietly the cooler will perform. He's famous for saying, “I like my machines to be as quiet as the grave.”
The aluminum fins are fairly widely spaced to make the most of the limited airflow from the slower, quieter fan.
Silenx employs the direct touch approach in which the flattened heatpipes are in direct contact with the CPU heatspreader. You won't find a highly polished surface here, but obviously Silenx doesn't think it's necessary. Silenx has chosen to go with four 8mm heatpipes as opposed to the 6mm ‘pipes seen on most other coolers. The pre-installed mounting clip will interface with the OEM AMD retention bracket, but Intel users will have to do a bit more work. The Intel mounting solution is, however, easily attached as we'll see a bit later.
The 120mm fan Silenx includes is of the 3-wire variety and terminates in the customary 3-pin connector. It also features four black rubber pads to keep vibration noise to a minimum.
Here's some good news for Intel users. There is no backplate for the Intel 775 mounting bracket meaning that it can be installed with the mobo in the case. Silenx also includes a single-use quantity of Stars silicone based thermal compound.