Thermolab Nano Silencer Review

gotdamojo06 - 2008-04-22 09:20:42 in CPU Cooling
Category: CPU Cooling
Reviewed by: gotdamojo06   
Reviewed on: April 30, 2008
Thermolab
Price: TBA

Introduction:  

Are you working on your next computer build, or possibly thinking about replacing your CPU's original heatsink? Maybe you're working with a case that has very little clearance for one of the massive CPU coolers that have flooded today's market, or you're planning to build yourself a Home Theater PC, and are putting a premium on silent operation. Thermolab may have a solution that fits your needs - the Thermolab Nano Silencer CPU cooler. The Nano Silencer is an extremely small heatsink/fan, and has a somewhat peculiar appearance. Let's have a look!

Closer Look:  

The Thermolab Nano Silencer's packaging is a very simple brown box, with black print on two sides. The front and the back of the packaging are completely blank, while the two sides let you know what is in the box - a Nano Silencer for Intel Socket 775 CPU's that was made in Korea.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the top of the box, Thermolab's logo is displayed, with the slogan "Effective Thermal Management Solution" underneath. When you open the package, you're able to take your first look at the Thermolab Nano Silencer; you can see two copper heatpipes that are going through many cooling fins, which are covered by a fan.  

 

 

Now, let's take the Thermolab Nano Silencer out of its packaging and see how it has been put together.  

Closer Look:  

 

When you take the Thermolab Nano Silencer out of its packaging, you are able to see that it's very short - just about the same height as the stock heatsinks that come with Intel's new 45nm processors. You'll immediately notice two copper heatpipes that connect to the cooler's base and run through either side of the heatsink's bank of fins, which will ensure that the heat that is pulled off the processor is properly dissipated, and allows more heat to be drawn away from the CPU. Looking at the heatsink from the side, you're able to see that there are 43 tightly grouped cooling fins built into the Nano Silencer's base.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you look at the Thermolab Nano Silencer from above, you're able to see that the attached fan fully covers the cooler's top surface. This could prove to be a good design, as it should maximize how much surface area is cooled. The Nano Silencer's base is aluminum, and is very smooth. Thermolab thoughtfully applied some thermal interface material to the base, just in case you don't have any. The factory TIM can be wiped off; however, I will use it during my testing to see how well it works.  

 

 

Specifications:  

 

Socket Type

LGA775

Heatsink Material

Pure Copper Heatpipes & Aluminum Base

Heatsink Dimensions

99.5 x 88.2 x 39 mm

Heatsink Heatpipes

2

Fan Dimensions

80 x 80 x 15 mm

Fan Speed

1200-3000RPM (10% Variance)

Fan Bearing Type

Rifle Bearing

Fan Noise Level

30.5 dBA at 3000RPM

Fan Connector

4-pin

Fan Color

No LED

Total Weight

214 g

Dissipation Area

1250 cm2

Testing:  

To properly test the Thermolab Nano Silencer, I will need to record temperatures during idle time (little to no CPU usage), as well as during full load (100% CPU usage). I will be using SpeedFan 4.33 to report the temperatures of the CPU cores. I will be using OCCT to simulate a full CPU load, and will run it for 30 minutes. I will let the computer sit and cool down for 30 minutes before recording the idle temperatures. I will be testing the processor at stock speeds with stock voltage settings, as well as overclocked speeds at 3.6GHz with the voltage increased to 1.46 volts. All temperatures are measured in degrees Celsius.  

Testing Setup:

 

Comparison Heatsinks:

 

 

 

 

As you can see, Thermolab's Nano Silencer was outperformed by the other heatsinks in each test. By comparison, the competing heatsinks are giants and should outperform the Nano Silencer - which, for its size, can dissipate heat better than the stock cooling solution.

 

Conclusion:  

The Thermolab Nano Silencer was intended to be a low profile Socket 775 cooling solution for your computer, and while it does adhere to the low profile standard, unfortunately it does not cool the processor as effectively as high end heatsinks may. At stock CPU settings, load temperatures hit 61 degrees Celsius - far surpassing my comfort zone! I recorded disappointingly similar results when the overclocked E6600's load temps jumped to 73 degrees Celsius. However, the Thermolab Nano Silencer does take advantage of its design; due to the size of the unit, I was expecting much higher temperatures. I was impressed that something so little - when compared to the mammoth Thermalright Ultra 120 Extreme - was only 30 degrees hotter at stock load temperatures. While the copper heatpipes were a nice touch, it would have been better had whole unit been made out of copper - or at least the base that connects to the heatpipes! I do like the fact that the cooler is made exclusively for Intel's Socket 775, which, to me, guarantees a simpler and more secure installation. If you are not terribly concerned about your CPU temps, and are looking to build a low profile computer or HTPC, then this cooler should be perfect for you. I would not suggest using this cooler on your processor if you are going to be doing any overclocking. Where this heatsink shines is in its ability to be used as a direct factory replacement that provides some additional cooling capacity in a small, low profile package.

 

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