I'd like to thank Cathy of Endpcnoise.com for providing us with the Smart Drive 2002 for review.
One of the newer trends happening with computer enthusiasts today is to build a silent PC. These users have said " i've had enough with multiple fans screaming like a jet engine!" and they pay particular attention to computer components that will give them peace and quiet while keeping their systems cool. Well today we be taking a look at the Smart Drive 2002 enclosure thats supposed to reduce hard drive noise by up to four decibels.
The Smart Drive 2002 is an all aluminum enclosure designed to keep the installed hard drive silent and cool.
This is achieved by adding foam to the interior to muffle drive noise and raised fins running along the top of the black anodized enclosure to dissipate the heat.
Now this enclosure uses passive cooling which means simply there is no fan used to keep the enclosure cool. We must admit that at first the idea of putting a hard drive in a sealed box seemed counter productive in the cooling department, but we'll find out when we test it.
The Smart Drive is well constructed and the interior foam really holds a hard drive snug. The Smart drive 2002 is supposed to give a noise reduction of four decibels over standard hard drive mounting. Included with the enclosure is a set of screws (to mount the enclosure in to a free 5"25" drive bay), and a 4 pin molex extender for the power cable.