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To test the Silentator effectively, I will compare it to a similar tower heatsink, the Scythe Ninja, as well as the Intel stock heatsink. I will test all heatsinks at idle load (the PC is doing nothing) and also full load (where the processor is under heavy use, very close to 100%). I will repeat these tests with a ‘modest’ overclock of 3.0GHz, from the stock 2.4GHz. Each test will be performed at a ‘low’ fan speed and a ‘high’ fan speed, with the Intel cooler excluded.
- Intel Core 2 Duo E6600 Processor
- Gigabyte GA-965P-S3 Motherboard (F7 BIOS)
- GeIL 2x512MB PC6400 800MHz Ultra Low Latency DDR2 Memory
- Connect3D ATI Radeon X1950 XT 256MB GDDR3
- Corsair HX 520W Modular PSU
- Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 250GB SATA-II 16MB Cache Hard Disk
- NEC SATA 18x DVD±RW
- Windows XP Professional
- Creative X-Fi Xtreme Music (Hotrodded)
- Lian Li PC-60 Case
Temperatures were monitored with the Intel Thermal Analysis Tool, as my research found this software to be reasonably accurate. All temperatures are an average of the two processor cores, rounded up to the nearest whole degree. All stress tests are performed twice with OCCT for a full hour, to ensure stability, while idle temperatures are recorded after 30 minutes from successful loading of Windows.
I will also engage in the subjective test of noting the loudness of each fan at high and low speeds, commenting at the end of the regular testing.
Of course, all temperatures are degrees Celsius and lower temperatures are better in all instances.
It’s interesting to see that the Silentator is not only a great cooler, but that it can handle a decent overclock too. While the Scythe does well to cool the E6600 effectively, the Coolink Silentator edges it out with more effective cooling. This is quite a revelation, considering that the Scythe is physically larger than the Silentator in surface area. I might also add that my system wouldn’t boot with a vCore of less than 1.5v with the Scythe installed, which is why the tests are performed like for like. I did however, find that the Silentator was stable at 3.0GHz with a vCore of only 1.45v, but that my system was limiting my overclocking potential, due to an incredibly hot Northbridge chipset. It might also be slightly obvious that the Intel stock cooler was unable to cope with the 3.0GHz overclock, hence the lack of an entry on the graphs.
As for the sound of each cooler, I’m happy to report that on ‘low’, both coolers are inaudible with the system about 1m away from me. Even close to the case (about 30cm), I could not hear the fans at all – noise was drowned out elsewhere, or simply indistinguishable. However, at maximum fan speeds, the Scythe fan was audible amongst other system noise, but not too intrusive or irritating. The Coolink Silentator fan (SWiF 1202) was barely audible at all, but ever so slightly audible nonetheless. The SWiF 1202 is clearly a decent fan to be bundled with a cooler and with reported noise of 14-24 (low-high) dBA, 900-1,600 (low-high) RPM and 54-90 (low-high) CFM airflow, makes it a great performer too.