mCubed Vertical Silence Passive HDD Cooler and fanAmp Fan Controller Review - Page 2 of 3
Review by Kyle Kerley -December 6, 2005
Before being installed in the Vertical Silence, my drive was running at a pleasant 35°C. I used the free version of HDD Health by Panterasoft to monitor the temperatures. It uses HDD S.M.A.R.T. technology to get the most accurate temperature readings possible.
The hottest the drive got was 36°C during a run-through of HD Tach’s long test. I did everything I could to get this drive to heat up including burning a 4.3GB DVD, transferring over 2GB of music files to my Dell Pocket DJ and installing Microsoft Office 2003 Professional. The highest temperature during all of those was 35C. My drive wasn’t going to let a few little stress” tests heat it up!
No, it left that honor to the Vertical Silence.
After installing the cooler, following the included directions sheet as best as possible (the directions had no clause about the foam rubber padding being too large to actually fit inside once a drive is installed), the drive quickly climbed from 25°C to 34°C. A zero-to-one degree difference is most definitely nothing to write home about. However, the temperature didn’t stop there.
After just over two hours of running, my drive is cooking at a nice warm 39°C. With the Vertical Silence passive cooler, my drive is now running 4°C warmer than it was without the cooler. I ran the HD Tach test again and the temperature remained at 39°C. No other tests were necessary as they would do nothing to lower the HDD temperature.
I want to try and give mCubed the benefit of the doubt in regards to the padding. It's insulation and one would think that taking the heat off the drive would cool it and with the insulation, would keep the temperatures down...except that the drive is generating heat. Insulating it isn't going to keep the heat out once it's been sucked away by the copper coils, it's just going to trap the newly generated heat. I think this review may have been different had the foam not been involved in this product at all.
With these ridiculous results, almost-useless instructions and some poor design choices (the foam rubber at least), I cannot recommend the mCubed Vertical Silence passive hard drive cooler. And sadly, the fanAmp doesn't work any better...