Antec Hard Drive Cooling System Review

Admin - 2007-02-05 22:13:01 in Hard Drive Cooling
Category: Hard Drive Cooling
Reviewed by: Admin   
Reviewed on: February 18, 2002
Antec
Antec
Price: $29.95 USD

Introduction

This time we will be Taking a look at the Hard Drive Cooling System with Temperature Monitors from Antec. With hard drives creating more and more heat, especially those fast SCSI drives. It only makes sense to add some sort of active cooling. That is where this product comes in, lets have a closer look.







Closer Look

  • Aluminum heatsink for maximum heat dispersion
  • Two built-in temperature sensors to monitor hard drive and case temperatures
  • Two 40mm thermally controlled variable speed fans with washable filter
  • Celsius or Fahrenheit LED temperature display
  • Built-in EMI shielding to meet stringent industrial standards
  • Supports IDE or SCSI high speed hard drives

    Specifications

    Size- 7.25" x 5.86" x 1.65"
    Weight- 600g / 1.32lbs.
    Material- Aluminum alloy(6061) heatsink, ABS 94V0 fireproof front panel
    Fans- Two 40 x 40 x 25mm
    Fan Speed- 3500RPM at 30C(86F), 5000RPM at 45C(113F)
    Display- 0C(32F) ~ 70C(158F) +/-3%, 70C(158F) ~ 90C(194F) +/-6%, LED blinks if temperature is > 45C(113F), Sensor indicators switch every 5 seconds to indicate 2 different temperatures monitored by each sensor


    Installation





    The hard drive cooler out of its box. This Antec product includes instructions, a bag of screws, two pieces of thermal tape and the hard drive cooling unit itself.






    Here you can see the aluminum heatsink and the front of the unit. The heatsink looks very nice, to bad it will be hidden in a 5.25" bay. On the front panel there is a piece of smoked window that covers the LED temperature display. To the left of the window there are intake vents for the fans.




    The front panel has a spring loaded latch on the right side. Just push in to spring the door open. Then push the door closed to latch.




    You are able to remove the front panel. This needs to be done to get to the fans filter for cleaning. To remove the front panel, open the door a small crack and slide the door to the right and it comes right off.




    Here you see the two 40mm fans with the washable filter removed.



    Also, with the front off notice the LED display to the left. This display gives you the temperatures of your hard drive and a second temperature probe. It can display the temperature in both celsius and fahrenheit. Just to the left of the temperature display are two green LEDs. The top one indicates the display is reading the hard drive temperature. The bottom one is for the second temperature probe. There is a blue switch under the temperature display. This is to set the unit for celsius or fahrenheit. To the right of the temperature display is a small push-button. This is acessable from the front panel through a small hole thats big enough for a paper-clip. The push-button is to temporarily switch the display between celsius and fahrenheit. During operation the display switches back and forth between the two temperature probes every five seconds. I find this to be a little annoying. It would be nice if you could set it to stay on one probe. Maybe in the next model!




    Looking at the underside and the back. You can see the pass through power cable, the two temperature probes and the two fans. Also, notice the area that the hard drive sits in.




    A close up pic of the back of the two 40mm fans. These operate from 3500RPM to 5000RPM depending on the temperature received by the probes.




    Here are the two temperature probes for the LED display. One temperature probe is short and the other is long. The short one is meant to go on the hard drive. The long temperature probe can be used to monitor temperatures at different places in you case. I decided to slip the long temperature probe next to the core of the processor under the heatsink. So, I could monitor the CPU temperatures.




    To install your hard drive into the Antec hard drive cooling system. Simply, have the cooler on its back, flip the hard drive over and lay into place. Make sure the hard drive's power and IDE connections are facing toward the back of the unit. Now, use the included screws to tighten the hard drive in place.




    The next step is to place the short temperature probe onto the hard drive. Antec recommends that the probe be placed on the hard drives chipset. To attach it to the chipset, use a piece of the included thermal tape. Once this is done, you are ready to install the hard drive cooling system into your computer.




    Just slide the unit it an open 5.25" bay, Tighten it down with the included screws, run the second temperature probe to where you want it, hook up your power and IDE cables. Then your good to go! When you first power on your computer the Antec hard drive cooling system will go through a startup process. Then the unit will start monitoring the temperature of both temperature probes. Switching the display back and forth between the two every 5 seconds.




    My hard drive temperature.




    My CPU temperature at full load.

    Testing


    For testing, I had the unit outside the case with the power connector and the temperature probes run inside. Because of the short temperature probe I had to set the unit on its side and press it up against the 5.25" to get the short probe to reach to the hard drive. I had no problems with the length of the long temperature probe though. During testing I found the Antec Hard drive cooling system to only lower my hard drive temperature by two or three degrees. With my hard drive in its original location the temperature was around 45-46 celsius. With the drive in the unit, my hard drive temperature was around 43-44 celsius. I was hopping for more of a temperature drop from Antec. I do think that more powerful fans are what this hard drive cooler needs. The Antec hard drive cooler had no effect on my system or CPU temperature.


    Conclusion


    This hard drive cooling system from Antec is a good idea. It looks good and the two probes for temperature monitoring are a great feature. It just doesn't meet my performance expectations from a cooling stand point. All in all, it is a neat product with the potential to be better.



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