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NoiseControl Silverado Heatsink Review

NoiseControl Silverado Heatsink Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: Tomshardware brought a lot of attention to the Noisecontrol Silverado when they originally reviewed it.
 80% Rating:   
Filed under: Cooling / Heatsinks Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: NoiseControl May 30 2002   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Cooling / Heatsinks > NoiseControl Silverado

Acoustic Test Results

Acoustic Samples: Listen to this Heatsink!

The Silverado is pretty quiet compared to today's heatsinks, but at full power it is not exactly silent. The silence comes when one of those resistors are dropped in between the fan header and the fan. Only then when the fan is rotating slowly does the sound level drop to very quiet levels. To listen to this heatsink under full power for yourself, simply click on the little pair of headphones and download the MP3 recording.

FrostyTech Acoustic Sampling Chamber
http://www.frostytech.com/articleimages/Listen to this Heatsink now.
Standard Waveform view of a 10 second recording. Click on the headphones to listen to an MP3 recording of this heatsink in operation.

Sound Level Measurements:

Listening to the actual noise a heatsink makes allows you to hear what pure numbers alone cannot get across. To further emphasize FrostyTech's reliance on cold hard facts when evaluating a heatsink, we also take Decibel readings with a sound level meter. These results may be higher than the manufacturer's listed specs, but then again these are real world measurements.

FrostyTech Sound Level Results
- Manufacturer Model Noise Level Scale
JMC Prducts 400023 46.6 dB quiet
Zalman All Flower HSF 47.4/28.9 dB
Taisol CGK760092 48.4 dB
GlacialTech Igloo 2310 49.4 dB
Arkua 628 50.7 dB
Noisecontrol Silverado 50.8 dB
NengTyi XPC5000 52.4 dB
Thermal Integration TI-V77L 53.0 dB
Tocools Crown 54.5 dB
Cybercooler P5750 55.4 dB
Sibak AT01515B 55.8 dB
Sibak AE01625B 58.2 dB
Sibak AC02625B 59.7 dB
Dynatron DY1206BH-625 63.3 dB
Dynatron DC1206BMP 65.1 dB louder

I would say anything above 54dB is pretty loud and something which is going to be annoying over time. The 50 dB range is pretty decent and while it is noticeable it is not something which is really that loud compared to other computer components (or at least at the time of this writing).

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Contents of Article: NoiseControl Silverado
 Pg 1.  NoiseControl Silverado Heatsink Review
 Pg 2.  Close up look at the heatsink
 Pg 3.  New Heatsink Test Parameters
 Pg 4.  — Acoustic Test Results
 Pg 5.  Synthetic Temperature Test Results

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