Antec Hard Drive Cooling System Review
Admin - 2007-02-05 22:13:01 in Hard Drive CoolingCategory: Hard Drive Cooling
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: February 18, 2002
Price: $29.95 USD
IntroductionThis 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.
SpecificationsSize- 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
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.
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.
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.
- Temperature controlled cooling for one hard drive, IDE or SCSI
- Temperature monitoring of hard drive and 2nd. probe on front panel LED display
- The lack of airflow
- The display switching between the two temperature probes gets annoying