Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler

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Product(s): Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler
Provided By: Evercool
Price: $75 USD

Introduction: 

It has been well over a year since I've had an Evercool CPU cooler on the BCCHardware test bench. The last couple products we reviewed from Evercool (Evercool Buffalo and Evercool HPL-815 Low Profile cooler) were both aimed at the budget consumer and didn't really offer much too high end enthusiast users in terms of performance. This time around we are going to look at the new Evercool Silent Shark CPU cooler which offers a high performance cooler with little different take on the ever-popular "heatpipe tower" cooler design.
 

The Silent Shark looks very similar to other coolers we've looked at in the past, but the one feature that really sets it apart is an adjustable 2nd fan which can be positioned to cool components like your memory more effectively. This adjustable fan allows you to adjust how much air is directly towards the memory on your motherboard, while still directing some air towards the heatsink. This is a feature that I have not seen anywhere else and it will be very interesting to see how it works.
 

Let's take a closer look at the Silent Shark from Evercool.

First Impressions:

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Box (Front)
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Box (Side)

 


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Front View

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Front View

 

As you can see in the first set of pictures (above), the unique ability of the Silent Shark is that its able to swing the fan a bit and allow the airflow to cool both the heatsink as well as components below (which will most likely be your memory). This is a cool feature that I have no seen on any other coolers.

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Side View
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Top View


 

The Silent Shark features a dual heatpipe tower design. This design is pretty popular and there are a few other companies that use the same design.

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Front View
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Bottom View

 

The bottom of the Silent Shark features a copper base with 6 heatpipes. As you have probably noticed in the pictures above, the Silent Shark is a big cooler in size and as a result weighs in at 1180 grams.

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Fans Removed from Heatsink
Fans Removed from Heatsink

 

In order to get this cooler installed you will need to remove the fans. This is very simple thanks to Evercool's design, there are 4 screws on the top that require removal and then the entire fan assembly slides right out with little effort required.

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Accessories
 

The Silent Shark comes with everything you will need to get this cooler installed into pretty much any recent system. You get all the brackets and screws as well as a couple 4-to-3 pin fan adaptors and enough thermal paste to get everything installed.
 

So there we have it, that's the Evercool Silent Shark, let's move onto the next sections to see how it performs.

 


 

Evercool Silent Shark CPU Cooler Specifications:

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All specifications taken from Evercool.com.tw

 

Features:

• The design of the six heat pipes giant should provide adequate cooling which enhance heat dissipation effect up to 250W.
• The design of dual tower enhances heat dissipation effect.
• Special fin feature that generate outstanding vortex airflow.
• Copper-based design ensures that the CPU heat can be evenly transmitted to the heat pipes.
• HPO-12025 collaborates with Evercool exclusive Shark Fan and Silent Fan that can increase the speed of heat
  conduction.
• By different angles installation, our fan enhances the motherboard component cooling performance and overclocking.
• Whole new MPCS(Multi Platform Clip System) provides great installation stability.

 

Specifications:

Overall Dimension : 140 x 166 x 165 mm
DC Fan Size : 120 x 120 x 25 mm x 2 (SSF-12 & Silent Fan)
Heat Sink Material : 6 Heatpipes + Al Fin + Cu Base
Bearing Type : Ever Lubricate Bearing
Fan Speed : Min:800±25% Max:2200±10% RPM 
(SSF-12)1400±15% RPM (Silent Fan)
Noise Level : Min:<16dBA Max:<38dBA (SSF-12)
<26 dBA (Silent Fan)
Rated Voltage : 12 V.DC
Weight : 1180 g

 


Testing and Installation:

So before we begin installation of the Silent Shark I would like to mention the fact that this cooler's installation instructions come on the side of the box (no installation manual included). This in theory seems like a good idea and saves paper; however, I found that there are a couple steps where you are installing the hardware onto the heatsink in order to get it ready to install that become a little trickier as a result of the lack of detailed instructions. The lack of instructions doesn't make it impossible to install this cooler, it just makes it a little more difficult and might result in you putting the hardware together wrong and finding out that it won't fit onto your motherboard and having to redo a couple steps.


Ok, so after a few minutes I had everything together and ready to mound onto the motherboard. As you can see in the pictures below, you are going to have to remove the 4 screws on the top of the heatsink and remove the fans in order to get the heatsink mounted.

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Heatsink Installed - No Fans
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Heatsink Installed

 

So now that we have heatsink all installed we can finally see the adjustable 2nd fan in action. In the pictures below you can see how this works and it obviously provides additional airflow to your memory which is never a bad thing.

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Adjustable Fan
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Adjustable Fan

 

In the next set of pictures we can see that even though the Silent Shark is a big cooler, everything fits nicely and there should be any issues on most motherboard. The one thing that might get you into trouble is if you have memory with big fins on the top which could interfere with the 2nd fan on the Silent Shark.

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Installation Complete

 

Installation is complete, let's move onto the testing!

 


 

Testing:

Test Setup:

For Intel (LGA1336) testing we will be using the Intel Core i7 920 CPU, which produces 130 Watts of heat. Most current CPU's produce considerably less heat than the Intel i7 920 but this should give you a very good idea what to expect performance-wise when compared to other coolers that we've reviewed.
 

For both AMD and Intel testing, we have taken all temperatures using CoreTemp v.0.99.4. 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-2 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-2 to provide fair results.

Intel Test System:

 

For all of our testing we do two separate tests, one with the fans manually set to 100% and then again with them running at their lowest speeds. In the case of the Silent Shark, the Fans speed for the internal fan is ~800RPM at its lowest setting, and ~2200 RPM at its highest setting. The outer "silent" fan was set to ~1500 RPM for high speed, and ~725 RPM for low speed testing.

 

 

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So without even looking at the next chart I can see that the Evercool Silent Shark is a pretty good performer. If you don't believe me, check out the chart below where we compare it up against all the other CPU coolers we've reviewed over the years.

 

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In the past Evercool coolers have been more aimed at the budget consumer and therefore the performance hasn't been the best. This is not the case at all with the Silent Shark as it was one of the best performing air coolers we've ever tested and was only able to be beaten by one other cooler (Noctua NH-D14) which features bigger fans (140mm) than the Silent Shark (120mm). This performance is very good and should make even the grumpiest overclocker very happy.


So now that we have seen what the Silent Shark looks like and how it performs, let's move onto the final section of this review where we recap our findings and provide the Evercool Silent Shark with a final score.

 


 

Final Thoughts:

Traditionally when I think of Evercool CPU coolers I think about value coolers aimed at the budget consumer, so when the Silent Shark did as well as it did in our testing I was pleasantly surprised.
 

While the Evercool Silent Shark might not be the flashiest cooler available, it gets the job done very easily and should be able to handle pretty much any CPU available today. The lack of "bling" for most people probably isn't a huge concern unless you have a big side window in your case, in which case the Silent Shark isn't the flashiest cooler and might not be your first choice.
 

The build quality of the Silent Shark is great and it should be able to take a bit of abuse and not get all bent up.
 

The whole installation process of the Silent Shark took a little longer than with some other coolers due to the lack of detailed instructions. The entire installation instructions are printed on the side of the box which is a good idea in theory as its much harder to lose the box than a small booklet, but I found that the pictures weren't all that detailed and there were a couple steps that I did incorrectly as a result and made the installation process take longer than necessary. I've installed quite a few coolers over the years and can probably most of the time install most coolers without any instruction, but the Silent Shark did have a couple steps that you can easily do incorrectly and as a result have to redo them until the cooler finally fits. This was my biggest issue with the entire cooler.

As far as value goes, MSRP for the Silent Shark is going to be around $75 USD which is pretty standard for a cooler of this size, and when compared to other air coolers that are able to perform at the same level, I would say the Silent Shark is a fair value.
 

At the end of the day the Evercool Silent Shark is a winner thanks to its great performance. In our testing only 1 other air cooler was able to top its performance numbers which is pretty impressive considering the dozens of coolers we've reviewed over the years. The Evercool Silent Shark might not be the flashiest cooler available, but if you are all about the performance you will be very happy with the Silent Shark. The Silent Shark has earned our "Editor's Choice - Silver" award thanks to its great performance and solid build construction.


 

 

Pros:

  • Great Performance
  • High Quality Construction
  • Unique Adjustable Fan

 

Cons:

  • Installation instructions could be better

 

 

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I'd like to thank Evercool for sending us the Silent Shark CPU Cooler. If you have any questions, comments, or general feedback, please post at the thread below.