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Thermaltake Silent 1156 Review

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To put the Thermaltake Silent 1156 to the test, I will be making a comparison of the temperatures at idle and under load, both while the CPU is at stock voltages and clock speeds, as well as when the CPU is overclocked and over-volted. Doing so will show what kind of cooling performance the cooler has to offer when compared to other socket 1156 compatible heat sinks. These heat sinks will be tested head-to-head as they are delivered from the manufacturer. I could throw in a bunch of testing variables, but it is not what the products are capable of as delivered. To test the idle temperatures, I will allow the computer to stay idle for 30 minutes and take the idle temperature at this point. For the load testing, I will use Prime95 version 25.9 and choose the blend testing and allow the processor and memory controller to heat up to the maximum temperatures. The time frame is a fourhour run to allow the temperature to peak, usually in the 14K test. I will use Real Temp 3.0 to take the high and low temperatures and average the temperatures generated over the four cores as my reported temperature.

Testing Setup:


Comparison Heat sinks:







Testing of the Silent 1156 reveals that it provides a reduction in temperatures when compared to the stock Intel cooling solution by 8 degrees Celsius at stock speeds and 12 degrees with a modest overclock. When compared to the rest of the field, it is not the highest performer, but does excel at doing its job with a low noise signature.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Specifications & Features
  4. Testing: Setup & Results
  5. Conclusion
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