Ultra Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler ReviewPropane -
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To test the Ultra Aluminum Hard Drive Cooler, I used a program called HDTune to gather information about the temperature and CPU utilization. In addition, I used an infrared thermometer to test the temperature of the drive's surface and the surface of the heatsink. I used my 500GB Western Digital Caviar to test the cooler as it was the hottest running drive in my system.
- Intel Core2Duo E6600 Processor
- Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Motherboar
- 2048MB G.Skill HZ RAM
- eVga 8800GTS 640MB Video Card
- GameXtreme 700W Power Supply
- Western Digital 74GB Raptor
- Western Digital 500GB Caviar
- Sony Optical Drive
- Antec Sonata II Mid tower Case
- Windows XP Professional
- Logitech wireless Mouse and Keyboard
The temperature reported by HDTune and the IR thermometer both dropped when the drive was installed into the drive cooler, even though the hard drive was moved from an area that had excellent air flow to a location that was a little more tight and had worse air flow.
Lower is better
In addition to the temperature dropping, the CPU utilization dropped and the average transfer rate went up. Apparently, the cooler temperatures provided by the cooler were able to allow the hard drive to operate more efficiently.
These results show that the hard drive cooler did its job well and was able to improve both temperatures and performance from the drive.