|-- ThermalTake Silent Boost HSF
-- Price: ~$25.49
-- By: GideonX
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I decided to open up the unit and get more info on this new fan.
Not surprising that Panaflo is the
manufacturer of yet another quiet fan. With the vented fan
housing and hydro wave bearings, this is one quiet fan.
What exactly is a hydro wave bearing?
It's Panasonic's answer to the problem that plagues most sleeve
bearing type of fans, axial friction. The hydro wave bearing (HWB)
system uses a thrust plate that floats on top of a circulating layer
of oil. This greatly reduces the amount of friction, which in
turn greatly increases the life of the bearing itself.
Since I had the fan off, I decided to
take off the metal housing also. The picture above shows the
weird two holes on each corner. Not sure why this was done,
maybe TT is re-using left over covers from another application.
Doesn't it look like a
Thermalright SLK-800A heatsink, minus the middle cut-out channel
for the holding bracket? Either way, this designs seems to
work well, so let's stick to it.
A shot of the thin fin design. I
moved the heatsink over a black screw to give you a better idea of
the whole thing.
I tested this unit on my AMD 2000+ XP
running at 1.9Ghz, using BuffaloTech 512MB DDR. At load, it
was a nice and even 45C. This was completed after
running about an hours worth of Prime95 on torture. At idle, a
cool 37.5C, with a room temperature of around 27C.
These numbers are fine and dandy, but
the real selling point is how quiet this thing is. The hard
drive is louder than the fan in my test rig! Kudos to TT for
picking the right fan for the job, I'll be keeping this in my test
rig until another unit can top this.
Thanks to Nick from
CrazyPC for sending us this sample, give them a holler if you
need one! Tell him we sent you and he'll give you extra
packing peanuts :P
- VERY quiet
- Thin fin design heatsink
- 3 prong clip
- Only comes in 3 pin power design, an adapter would have
been a bonus
- The bottom of the heatsink is not polished smooth.
With a bit more work, it may even do better.