Thermaltake Silent 1156 Heatsink - Silent 1156 Installation and Setup

Article Index
Thermaltake Silent 1156 Heatsink
Bundle, Features and Specs
Silent 1156 Installation and Setup
Testing the Silent 1156
Final Thoughts
 

Installation:

Just before we drop this heatsink on our test platform, we pulled off the fan to see the profile of the Silent 1156 when "naked".  Due to its small size, I wouldn't recommend using it passively - unless you had great airflow in your case.  If that were the case, it would offer no benefits as the cooler is virtually silent - even with the fan spinning at it full 1700 rpm.  It's pictured below with the fan removed as well as with the fan installed and the mounting hardware attached.

Once the hardware is attached, it is very simple to install as it uses the same mounting as the stock cooler.  This is pretty common and we even saw the same mounting system used on the larger Thermaltake SpinQ VT cooler recently.

 Side & Front - No Fan
Side & Front - No Fan
Side Profile Mounting
Side Profile Mounting

 

As you can see in the pictures below, the Silent 1156 isn't a huge cooler and doesn't even come close to interfering with any of the other components on our test system. The only thing to take note of is that the SpinQ VT is a taller cooler than some so you might want to make sure your case can support it.  With that said, most mid-full tower cases will have ample room for this heatsink.

 Top View Installed
Top View Installed

 

Rear View Installed
Rear View Installed
Side View Installed
Side View Installed

 

With the Silent 1156 installed, we'll find out a bit more about how we test coolers here at BCCHardware before we start comparing it to the rather anemic stock cooler.


Testing Setup:

For the new Intel (LGA1156) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 860 CPU, which produces 95 Watts of heat. These new Core i5/i7 CPUs are a little more efficient and don't produce as much heat as the high-end 1366 platform.  The newer socket 1156 will be a pretty popular choice and this should give you a pretty accurate estimate of what type of temperatures a cooler will provide you with.

For CPU Cooler testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.x. CoreTemp takes a temperature from the CPU core, and allows for much more uniform results across different motherboard and CPU platforms. These temperatures may seem higher than other temperature recordings; because chances are they are taking temperature recordings using the diode underneath the CPU, which isn't able to be as accurate, and can really fluctuate between different brands of motherboards.

For all tests we are using the Highspeed PC Top Deck Tech Station , and we are using no additional cooling in our testing. All temperatures are recorded in a controlled environment that is set to 23 degrees Celsius (73.4 Fahrenheit) to provide fair results between coolers.

For all tests we use Arctic Cooling MX-3 High-Performance Thermal Compound (Paste).  We use the same thermal paste in all our testing so that we can keep our results consistent. If a cooler is shipped with thermal paste pre-applied, it will be removed and we will re-apply it with Arctic Cooling MX-3 to provide fair results.

Intel Test System: