Coolink Silentator - The Noise Terminator

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Product: Coolink Silentator HSF
Provided By: Coolink Europe
Price: $65CAD Online

 

Introduction:

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?

 Box Back
Box Back
Box Side
Box Side

 

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.

 Features
Features

 

 Bundled Goodies
Bundled Goodies
 Bracket Hardware
Bracket Hardware
Fan Controller
Fan Controller
     
 Screws & Such
Screws & Such
   More Bracket Hardware
More Bracket Hardware

 

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
Silentator 120mm Fan
 Silentator Profile
Silentator Profile

 

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.

 Silentator Heatpipes
Silentator Heatpipes
Silentator Machine Marks
Silentator Machine Marks
   
 Silentator Rough Finish
Silentator Rough Finish
 Silentator Lapped
Silentator Lapped

 

Installation:

Installing this cooler onto my motherboard was no easy task. As you can see from the pictures, it takes three brackets, and 10 screws to install this heatsink onto an Intel 775 platform. I don’t know if it was required to be part of the design, but after this thing was installed, it was not going anywhere! Better to be safe than sorry when transporting your computer to any LAN. 

 Silentator Mounting Plates
Silentator Mounting Plates
Silentator Top Plates
Silentator Top Plates
Silentator Backplate
Silentator Backplate

 

Test System Specs & Info:

The hardware and software used for testing this cooler consists of the following:

  • Gigabyte 3D Aurora 570 ATX Chassis
  • Gigabyte P965-DS3 Revision 1.0
  • Intel Core 2 Duo E6300, Overclocked to 3.22 GHz
  • 4 x 1GB Micron/Crucial PC2-6400
  • e-VGA e-GeGorce 8800 GTX 768MB
  • Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 4
  • Windows XP Professional x64 SP2
  • Speedfan 4.32
  • Intel Thermal Analysis Tool 2.05
  • Zalman CNPS-9500 LED CPU Cooler

Coolink Silentator Installed
Coolink Silentator Installed


At idle temperatures, the Silentator bested the 9500, even when the 9500 was running at full speed.  The charts below confirm that even when overclocked and stressed with the Intel Thermal Analysis Tool, the Zalman can’t compete in terms of heat dissipation. This has to be the first silent cooler that I have seen that works effectively. I would have to say that this product is definitely worthy to be used for silent overclocking.

Temperatures
(Click for full sized chart)

 

Conclusion:

Once again, Noctua in combination with Coolink, have designed an awesome product.  Seeing that the fan was of a low rotation speed, I didn’t imagine that it would perform all that well when moving hot air out the system. Was I ever wrong about that? The silence that this cooler brought to my system was also a blessing. For months I have had to listen to the whining sounds of my old Zalman, no more is that a problem.

If anyone is definitely looking for a CPU cooler that is silent and performs well, the Silentator is a definite must.  I highly recommend this product for anyone that is looking to overclock their system while maintaining silence and affordability.

 

Pros:

  • Excellent performance
  • Looks stylish
  • Very well secured when installed


Cons:

  • Very hard to install
  • A bit more expensive compared to Zalman, Scythe, and Thermalright solutions

 

 

BCCHardware.com Rating
Quality:
9/10
Performance:
9/10
Installation:
5/10
Looks:
8/10
Features:
8/10
Value:
8/10
Total Score 7.8

 

I'd like to thank Coolink for sending us their Silentator for a review.  If you have any questions, comments or general feedback regarding this review, please post them in the forum at the "Comments" link below.