Coolink Silentator CPU Cooler Review

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Published: July 1, 2007
Author: Amber Lupala
Editor: Amber Lupala
Provider: Coolink

Conclusion

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Installing the Coolink Silentator CPU Cooler was a fairly straightforward process, though it does take a bit more time than others because the motherboard has to be removed.After installing the AMD-specific bracket and the screws (important step) and removing the old cooler, I installed new thermal compound on the CPU, sat the new cooler into place.Then, using the provided screwdriver, the screws are tightened, finishing the installation.Another feature that�s nice about this cooler is that it can be oriented 90/180/270 degrees from what I�ve chosen to orient it with a simple change of mounting brackets.

Though this is a large cooler, there no clearance issues with other components on the motherboard.The cooler�s height did not interfere with the case, and there was plenty of clearance around the base, thanks to the raised set of radiator fins.No concern with this cooler hitting any of the capacitors, RAM, the Northbridge cooler, etc.After turning it on, I was a little disappointed that there is no LEDs installed on the cooler; it seems like most of today�s coolers add that little stylish touch.

Testing:

Test System:
AMD 64+ 4000+ S939 Winchester
Biostar T-Force Motherboard
Corsair 1GB ValueSelect PC3200 DDR RAM
GeForce 7600GS
Western Digital 250 GB 7200 rpm harddrive

Idle temperatures were taken running Windows and full loads were taken while running SiSandra�s Burn-in Module.Temperatures (in degrees Celsius) were recorded with the fan at high speeds, with the results compared with two recently reviewed air coolers: the new Thermaltake V1 CPU cooler and the Scythe Katana II CPU Cooler.Ambient temp was about 23C.

2400Mhz Stock Speed:

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Results after overclocking to 2640 MHz-

2400@2640Mhz Overclocked :

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As seen in both tests, the Silentator had similar performance both coolers in certain conditions, which was a little disappointing given the cooler�s larger size.However, on a positive note, the cooler was very quiet at all speeds; the large fan performs quieter than most thanks to the lower RPM settings.Overall I thought the cooler had decent cooling performance but great noise performance.

Conclusion:

The Coolink Silentator CPU cooler is a good all-around product that can perform decently in both silent PC and gaming builds.While the cooling performance wasn�t stellar, the cooler performed adequately.But where this cooler really shines is in its noise performance; it operates quieter than most air-cooled coolers.Despite a couple of nits, this cooler deserves some consideration for your next PC build.

Pros:

+ Can be oriented in 4 orientations 90 degrees apart
+ Adjustable fan speeds
+ Tool-less fan mounting system
+ Decent cooling performance even at low fan speeds
+ Very quiet operations
+ Kit comes complete with all accessories needed

Cons:

– No LEDs
– Retail version is only compatible with only one socket type

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