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
Double-sided foam tape can be used to mount the fan speed controller virtually anywhere in your case, thanks to the generous length of the cabling. Two sets of fan mounting clips are included…
…should the user wish to mount two fans. I'll just caution potential users to purchase either a matching Silenx fan or an identical pair of fans to avoid poor cooling performance as a result of mismatched fans.
I'm excited to see this Silenx cooler in action, so let's move on to the installation section of this review.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for this review consists 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
All coolers were tested in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow.
The first order of business its to gather the stuff we'll need to get this cooler on the motherboard. After reading the instructions, it turns out that the bracket installation is really very simple. Once the orientation has been determined, one simply presses the bracket onto the mobo (it even holds itself in place for you,) and push the pins (Silenx calls them “buckles” for some reason) into the holes until they are flush with the top of the bracket. Simple!
The next step may be a bit trickier, depending upon your motherboard layout. I got this cooler on with just a little trouble due to the large Northbridge heatsink and its proximity to the lower mounting clip. I also installed the fan outside the case to save myself some frustration. After making all the fan connections, we can…