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HDD cooler is quite popular for pass few years ago because at that time most of the PC cases didn't come with advanced cooling system as nowadays. However in case your system is still lacking of a good cooling system for your HDD then this HDD cooler maybe able to lower down your HDD temperature; Coolink Silent Savior, a simple HDD cooler with 80mm cooling fan.
Coolink is a brand of the Kolink International Corporation and stands for an effective conjunction of no-frills performance, excellent quality and attractive pricing. Coolink - the direct link to affordable high-end cooling!
Kolink International Corporation is a cooling specialist established in 1996 and well known among industry insiders. Throughout the years, Kolink designed and manufactured many top-performing heat-sinks under various brand names that succeeded in international markets. An experienced R&D team and ultra-modern production plants in Taiwan ensure continuous progress, efficient manufacturing conditions and strict quality standards.
- SWiF 801-L Fan (9-16 dB/A), 30mł/h airflow
- Easy installation
- Works with all 3,5" HDDs
- Includes screws and 7V adaptor for ultra silent mode (9dB/A)
Package & Contents
Coolink Silent Savior comes with a simple packaging box with transparent front cover where users can have a clearer picture about this product. The detail layout of Coolink Silent Savior is described at the back of the box (for compatibility checking) together with its features as well as awards from other hardware review sites; hopefully ours one will be there soon.
Besides the HDD cooler unit of Coolink Silent Savior, other bundled accessories are four installation screws, 3-pin to MOLEX adapter as well as a 7V adapter. The 7V adapter is a simple adapter with an integrated resistor so that the current flow through the fan will be reduced to reduce the operating noise.
A Closer Look - Coolink Silent Savior
As we mentioned previously Coolink Silent Savior is a simple HDD cooler as such HDD cooler is pretty similar with other brands; not really special. The whole unit of Coolink Silent Savior is used to mount on the bottom of the HDD (facing PCB panel) and due to this those PC cases with bottom HDD installation is not suitable with this HDD cooler since there is no room to install this cooler. Anyway such case is rare as most of the PC cases come with side installation and basically Coolink Silent Savior supports all kind of 3.5" HDD which is great especially for those 10K RPM HDDs.
The whole unit of Coolink Silent Savior is made by aluminum frame (good for heat dissipation) with size 115 x 100 x 23 mm and the total weight is just around 130g; pretty light. Coolink Silent Savior is powered up with a 80mm semi-transparent blue fan which comes with 1700RPM and 30m3/h. The fan is a SWiF 801-L which is a quality high precision double ball bearing fan for ensuring longevity and since standard 80mm fan is used which means that the fan can be upgraded replaced with other standard 80mm cooling fan.
With the 7V adapter, the noise will be reduced from 16 dB/A to 9dB/A for those are looking for extreme silent operating environment. The cable of Coolink Silent Savior is sleeved but the sleeving job and material could be further improved to make it looks better and nicer. Anyway Coolink provides 2-year warranty for Silent Savior which is pretty good enough for such simple and cheap product.
Installation, Testing & Performance
The installation of Coolink Silent Savior is pretty straightforward where the HDD needs to be removed out from the case then follow by mounting it on the HDD with four screws. Our PC case is equipped with tool-less rail for ODD and HDD installation which may potential blocks the Coolink Silent Savior but luckily we didn't encounter such issue as the rails are slim type which doesn't have any compatible issue with this HDD cooler.
Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo E8300 @ 2.83GHz
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-EP45-DS3
Heatsink: Noctua NH-C12P
Memory: Kingston HyperX DDR2 8500
Hard Drive: 250GB 7200RPM 8MB Seagate
Graphic Card: Galaxy GeForce GTX260+
PSU: In Win Commander 750W
Router: TRENDnet TEW-639GR
Optical Drive: DVD RW
Monitor: Dell 22" Wide Screen LCD
Speaker: Edifier R501
Mouse: SteelSeries Ikari Laser
Mouse Pad: SteelSeries QcK+
HeadSet: SteelSeries 3H
Operating System: Microsoft XP Pro SP2/Vista Home Premium
Ambient Temperature: 27 Degree Celsius
Let us continues with the performance of Coolink Silent Savior. The standard temperature of our test bed HDD is 38°C and with the help of Coolink Silent Savior, the temperature was lowered down to 35°C with 3°C improvement which is great but reasonable since the cooling fan of Coolink Silent Savior is blowing directly toward the HDD.
No doubt Coolink Silent Savior is a simple HDD cooler but in fact it does really help to improve the HDD cooling performance and the result is pretty solid. The aluminum frame of Coolink Silent Savior is not only light weight but also able help to dissipate the heat better. Besides that the extra 7V adapter is a alternative solutions to reduce the noise for those are looking for extreme silent operating environment. last but not least, Coolink Silent Savior is being sold at 22USD which is reasonable since it is a great device with mininum compatibility issue.
+ Simple device with decent performance
+ Made by light weight aluminum frame
+ 7V adapter is included
+ Low operating noise
+ Easy installation
+ Changeable fan
- Compatible with certain of cases
Thanks to Coolink for providing this sample for us to review.
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