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Thermaltake Silent 1156 Review

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The Silent 1156 is built to do a couple of things - cool down your precious piece of silicon, and do it with as low a noise penalty as possible. It does succeed at these two things. When you look at this cooler initially, the first thing that stands out is the size of the heatpipes - at 8mm, they are large enough to carry the thermal load to the fin array to be dissipated by the 92mm PWM controlled fan. The use of the larger heatpipes and aluminum fin array allow it to outclass the stock Intel cooling solution by between 8 and 12 degrees Celsius under load. If you compare it to more robust designs though, it falls a bit short on the performance factor. This is in no small part to the other part of the performance equation - the fan used on the Silent 1156. Rated at 22dBa and 36.2CFM at the 1700RPM maximum fan speed, you could conceivably gain some cooling performance. Doing so, however, would cause you to sacrifice the noise, or lack thereof, that makes this cooler appealing. The finish on the contact surface was slightly ridged, but is nothing to be concerned about, as the contact pattern created by the TIM was even across the surface. The push-pin mounting mechanism makes the installation of the Silent 1156 an easy swap, since the motherboard does not need removal for installation. Remove the Intel cooling solution, clean off the old thermal compound, put on some new thermal compound, and mount the Silent 1156 in five simple moves. It's not for the high end overclocker, but does provide a nice low cost. It's a good looking, silent operating and easy-to-install stock replacement cooler that won't break the bank.



  • Better than stock cooler
  • Good looks
  • Silent operation
  • Easy to install
  • Inexpensive upgrade path
  • 8mm heatpipes



  • Less cooling than expected
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