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- Monday, November 17th, 2003 Like Share






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CleavesF Nov 18, 03
Sounds like a great deal especially for the low price. Though I'm not a big fan of "bending capacitors".

I think copper is coming to the point that all mobos will have the "bolting" method for heatsinks soon unless they change to a smaller micron process.

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Redemption Nov 18, 03
It's funny you mention it Cleaves, but actually Swiftech recently told us that they were disappointed that AMD took the 4 mounting holes off their mobo spec on the Athlon/XP platform (which explains why not all boards have those mounting holes).
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kanned_guru Nov 19, 03
2 things:

First and foremost, I assume that this product is perfect in every way. Atleast thats what the 10/10 score would lead someone to believe. It seems long gone are the days when people can actually give truthful reviews, what a shame.

Second thing, its not really a shame for anyone other than Swiftech that AMD took away the mounting holes from their specs, there are plenty of other high performance HSFs on the market that seem to get around this.
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Jordan84 Nov 20, 03
Noise levels are really important to me and I currently have a 2500+ cooled by a Vantec Aeroflow VA4-C7040 in an antec sonat case. The case and cpu are pretty quiet, my HD is pretty much silent and I plan on getting a fanless heatpipe cooler for my Ti4200. I still get quite a lot of noise comming from the case though. Will I notice a difference switching from the aeroflow to the silent boost? Is it worth it? I don't O/C.

Thanks

Jordan
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Redemption Nov 20, 03
quote kanned_guru
I assume that this product is perfect in every way. Atleast thats what the 10/10 score would lead someone to believe. It seems long gone are the days when people can actually give truthful reviews, what a shame.
Personally I wouldn't have given the product 10 out of 10, but I can really only identify ONE significant shortcoming on this thing myself. It's lightweight, has a triple clip design, has a screwdriver shield for easy/safe mounting and dismounting, cools as well as coolers that are at least 30-50% more expensive, looks GREAT, and is very, very, VERY quiet. You might say it sounds as quiet as some of the panaflo low noise fans that are advertised out there (afterall, the fan on it IS a panaflo).

The only minor problem for me is the fact that the clip is a little tight, and it's not super easy to initially install the cooler - It's not tough either so this is a minor nuissance rather than a huge flaw.

quote Jordan84
Noise levels are really important to me and I currently have a 2500+ cooled by a Vantec Aeroflow VA4-C7040 in an antec sonat case. The case and cpu are pretty quiet, my HD is pretty much silent and I plan on getting a fanless heatpipe cooler for my Ti4200. I still get quite a lot of noise comming from the case though. Will I notice a difference switching from the aeroflow to the silent boost? Is it worth it? I don't O/C.
I've never heard the Aeroflow in action myself, but before you take action you ought to figure out exactly WHAT is causing the most noise in your system. If your PSU for example is the source of most of the volume, even if you were to switch to a completely passive or super low noise CPU cooler it wouldn't really help you a whole lot. I'm not sure what kind of 4200 you have but I find video card coolers of that era were some of the worse case noise sources. I'd take it step by step and do the heatpipe replacement on the Ti first.
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FluffyChicken Nov 22, 03
You comment the dB rating is higher than the quoted. But both could be correct. It depends on how you measure, what you measure. so really you shouldn't compare without looking up how they measure it. It should be 'for reference only' against others using the same setup and methods. Just like your temperature measurements.

Mind, nice and straight forward review
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FluffyChicken Nov 22, 03
Just a note
This is the 'Hydro Wave Bearing' fan (says on the box)
There is also a 'Ball Bearing' fan version. Exactly the same.

Both also have the slits, so I guess this part of the review isn't correct.
slits combine to form the Hydro Wave component of the fan

Anymore than that I don't know sorry
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Redemption Nov 23, 03
I totally agree about the DB measurements. They are mostly for reference only.

Noise measurements depend on the instrument used to measure, the ambient noise, the location of the cooler relative to other acoustic objects (ie walls, tables), the distance and position of the measuring instrument, and the case tyope.

We currently measure noise with an open setup (not in an enclosed case) at about a 1 meter distance, and that makes a huge difference. Most manufacturers might even use anechoic rooms and put their coolers into steel cases with plenty of air volume, and might measure from 4+ feet in distance.

There are many ways to skew or "properly" sound, so really any one measurement setup can only be used as reference, using other coolers and noise sources measured using the same techniques as points of relative noise.
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