|Best CPU Cooler Performance Q2-2010|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles - Testing by David Ramsey|
|Wednesday, 28 July 2010|
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SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4
It's been a few years since SilenX products were tested at Benchmark Reviews, the last was their SilenX IXC-120HA2 heatsink which was identical in design to several other models. SilenX isn't well known for their iXtrema coolers, primarily because they reuse popular designs already on the market, but I must admit that the SilenX iXtrema Pro fans are the best 'silent' cooling fans ever tested. Building from the 3R-System IceAge Prima Boss-II design, they introduce the SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4. This SilenX heatsink devotes five staggered 8mm copper heat-pipe rods to form a 153mm-tall CPU-cooler unit, and notched fins allow for two 120mm fans to be attached to the unit.
SilenX includes 120x120x25mm Effizio series quiet fan, model EFZ-12025-HSF, with their Effizio EFZ-120HA4 heatsink. This 2000-RPM fan is advertised to offer 102 CFM at only 28 dBA, and features a black frame with white blades. The center hub on the EFZ-12025-HSF fan is standard size, while the SilenX iXtrema Pro fan series remains a personal favorite because of the reduced hub size. All of the SilenX iXtrema Pro fans are available from FrozenCPU .
The SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA4 utilizes a familiar bolt-through mounting clip system, which means that installation requires access to the backside of the motherboard. Because of the bolt-through design, AMD systems must remove the plastic clip bracket surrounding the processor socket in order to accommodate the custom backplate. The bolt-through mounting system takes some effort to install, but allows high-pressure contact with the CPU on both AMD and Intel motherboards. The Effizio CPU cooler sells for $38.99 at NewEgg, which makes it an affordable after-market upgrade for enthusiasts and overclockers.
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