Well, I'd say it looks cool enough to justify owning this toy, but I'm sure some of you will want to see some hard numbers on how this thing actually worked. Well, I guess I can provide some testing for that part there. Here ya go:
I Ran 3 independent tests on the victim; my IBM Deskstar 75GXP, 30 GB, 7200 RPM. ATA-100 drive.
The 3 different tests were these:
Test 1: Bare Drive, no cooling, sitting in a 5.25" bay (on top of my CD-RW drive)
Test 2: Drive In the HDD Cooler, no thermal compound
Test 3: Drive in the HDD Cooler, Thermal compound on the drive and cooler. (generic Radio Shack thermal paste)
For fairness a temp probe was taped to the top of the drive and was not moved during any of the tests.
|All Temps Are Peak
||Starting Drive Temp
||Boot Into Windows
||Torture Test Temp
|Bare Drive Uncooled
|Ultimate HDD Cooler
|HDD Cooler W/ Compound
There you have it, cold hard numbers on how this thing cools for ya. I was duly impressed with the results of this thing, nearly a 15C drop? Wow.
>> Pros & Cons/Conclusion