I'd like to thank Thermaltake for providing us with the Silent Tower for review.
Today we take a look at one of the first aftermarket heatsink/fan combos available to cool Intel's Prescott CPU from Thermaltake, their Silent 775. To keep this beast quiet, Thermaltake has opted to use heatpipe technology along with their
funneled 90x90x25mm fan that centralizes airflow and provides high air pressure and better cooling.
Once the package is open you will discover the Silent 775 and a small amount of thermal paste included. The mounting instructions are included on the back of the packaging.
The heat sink weighs in at a hefty 552g and is kind of a hybrid with aluminum fins and a copper base with heat pipes.
For those of you who don't know what a heatpipe is, here's an explanation. A heat pipe is a vacuum tight copper tube, with a wick and cooling fluid inside. As one heatsink gets hot, the heatpipe heats up as well. This turns the liquid into a high pressure vapor that moves toward the cooler side of the heatpipe, as the vapor reaches the cooler heatsink, it condenses and releases the heat to that heatsink. The wick helps move the liquid.
As mentioned before, Thermaltake uses their funneled 90x90x25mm fan to top this heat sink and is capable of a max air flow of 42.91 CFM. But if you want use something else, standard 80mm and 92mm fans are able to be used instead thanks in part to the fan adapter.
Compatibility: Intel P4 LGA 775 Prescott
Heatsink Dimension: 82.61x76x45mm
Heatsink Material: Aluminum Fin
Heatpipe: Copper Tube 6mm x 2pcs
Fan Dimension: 90x90x25mm
Rated Voltage: 12V
Started Voltage: 5V
Power Input: 2.16W
Fan Speed: 2500±10% RPM
Max. Air Flow: 42.91 CFM
Noise Level: 21dBA
Bearing Type: 1 Ball 1 Sleeve
Life Time: 40,000hr