Coolink Silentator - The Noise Terminator
|Coolink Silentator - The Noise Terminator|
|Installation, Testing and More|
When it comes to processor cooling solutions, we want the best performance that we can get without sacrificing our eardrums. For some, taking out a small loan and going with a DangerDen setup is a possibility. However, for the majority of us, that is just not an option. Coolink in conjunction with Noctua, is here to resolve that problem. How would a 3-heatpipe cooler perform with a well-made, low noise, 120mm fan? It is better than the likes of Zalman with their well-known CNPS 9500 and 9700? Is high-performance, low noise air cooling a reality?
First look and Impressions:
The packaging of the cooler is fairly decent, and protected the heatsink from any damage that might have occurred during shipping from the supplier. Coolink has specified all the coolers’ dimensions and capabilities on the side of the box. After all the contents have been removed, you are on your way to assembling the cooler for any motherboard that uses Socket AM2, 754/939/940, or Intels’ Socket 775. If you still using a system that involves Intel’s Socket 478 or AMD’s Socket A (462) platforms, this cooler will not work for you.
When you have a close look at the Silentator, you probably think that this is the Noctua NH-U12F. Well, in fact, it is. The only difference is that the Silentator comes with Coolinks’ SwiF 1202 14db 120mm fan instead of Noctuas’ NF-S12-1200. This design was a contract between the two companies, to provide an awesome heatsink design with a proven low-noise 120mm fan. The SwiF 1202 fan is rated for a low noise level of 14db to 24 db, with a maximum rotation speed of 1600 RPM. This should make the fan able to push 53 CFM. As for the S12-1200, that fan is rated for a noise level of 8 to 17db, with a maximum rotation speed of 1200 RPM. This fan has been rated for 48 CFM.
Silentator 120mm Fan
The Silentator comes with 3 heatpipes which should be able to remove plenty of heat from any Athlon 64 or Core 2 based processor. Standing at nearly the same height as a Scythe Ninja, this thing is huge. Due to the amount of weight that this cooler has, Noctua had to implement a mounting system that was not going to cause any severe strain to the motherboard that it would be attached to.
When looking at base of the cooler, you can tell that it will need some slight lapping to take out any small imperfections. Hopefully this won’t affect the performance too much.