Coolink Silent Savior HDD Cooler Review

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Introduction

Coolers have adapted to fit and cool almost every single part of a computer rig in order to maximise performance. Today, Coolink have kindly sent us their Silent Savior hard drive cooler which promises to be a cheap way to keep your HD cool so as to work to its full potential. However, do all these coolers really help keep your PC running smoothly by keeping temperatures down? The Silent Savior aims to do just that.

Company Information – Coolink

“Coolink is a brand of the Kolink International Corporation and stands for an effective conjunction of no-frills performance, excellent quality and attractive pricing. Coolink – the direct link to affordable high-end cooling!

Kolink’s retail brand Coolink stands for an effective conjunction of no-frills performance, excellent quality and attractive pricing. While Coolink held a strong presence in the Asian market ever since the late 90ies, it was not until 2005 that the brand was introduced to the European market on a large scale. After the launch of Coolink-Europe.com in late 2005, Coolink quickly became a well recognized brand for high-quality cooling components in Europe too.”

Features

  • Extremely silent operation (9-16dB/A) and excellent longevity thanks to the use of a Coolink SWiF 801-L quality fan with high-precision double ball bearing and 20mm height.
  • 30m³/h airflow ensures super cooling of your HDDs electronics, which is crucial to avoid drive failures and data loss.
  • Easy installation: Just screw the Coolink Silent Savior to the bottom side of your HDD, connect the fan and you’re done!
  • Works with all 3,5″ HDDs (use 12V for 10.000RPM+ and 7V for 7200RPM or 5400RPM drives)
  • Includes screws and 7V adaptor for ultra silent mode (9dB/A)

Specifications

Frame-Size (mm) 115(L) x 100(W) x 23(H)
Frame Aluminium
Fan-Size (mm) 80×80×20
Rotation Speed (RPM) 1700
Airflow (m³/h) 30
Acoustical Noise (dB/A) 9-16
Input Power (W) 1,20
Input Current (A) 0,1
Voltage Range (V) 4-13
Weight / Piece (kg) 0,13
Packaging-Type Retail-packaging
Pcs / Colli 120
Weight (kg) / Colli 16,50

Contents & Packaging

The Silent Savior comes packaged in a moulded plastic shell with a cardboard backing. This allows most of the product to be visible whilst still allowing space to the important features and styling.

The whole thing looks quite attractive with the combination of blues and white as a background giving rise to the company and product names along with a few features.

The reverse sees the full list of features alongside a skeleton diagram of the cooler showing the dimensions. Also, at the bottom is a long row of awards received by the Silent Savior.

Not many accessories, but there are a few adapters thrown in:

  • 4 screws
  • 7V adapters
  • 3-pin to molex adapter

The 7V adapter is for use with hard drives running at 5400 and 7200RPMs whereas the normal 12V one is for 10,000 and 15,000+ RPMs. Effectively the 7V adapter just reduces the speed at which the fan spins and lower RPM hard drives tend to produce less heat and thus require less airflow to cool them.

 

The Product – Coolink Silent Savior

The design is very simple featuring a silver metal frame with the SWiF 801-L fan screwed to it. Note that you can unscrew this fan and therefore install a different 80mm fan with LEDs for instance if you so wish.

Looking at the underside of the cooler, the fan has a clear frame with seven blue translucent blades.In the centre there is a sticker with another Coolink logo.

At the top of the Silent Savior, the word ‘Coolink’ is pressed into the metal.

From the top the fan is very plain with-out any thrills but achieves a very respectable 30m³/h airflow supposedly at 9-16dBA.

Unfortunately the product does feel a little a light and thus gives n impression of being somewhat tacky which is a shame but then again for £8, it’s not exactly going to be the most professional of products.

 

Installation

The Test Setup:

Processor Intel C2D E5550 Dual Core 2.33GHz
Motherboard Gigabyte S-Series GA-73PVM-S2H
Graphics Card XFX 8600GT
Memory Corsair XMS2 PC6400 (2x 1GB)
Hard Drive Hitachi HDT7250 (250GB)
Power Supply Tuniq Potency 650W
OS Windows XP Pro 32bit

To install the Coolink Silent Savior, all that is required is to do up four screws directly into the HD which secures the cooler.

The only issue with this HDD Cooler (and this applies to all hard drive coolers)is that for user with small hard drive cages or multiple HDDs, there may not be enough room for the cooler to be fitted as the HD plus the cooler effectively uses up two drive bays.

 

Testing

Methodology

To test the Coolink Silent Savior, I simply left the hard drive at idle state and then recorded the temperatures using Speedfan which uses the computer’s own diode.

Then I booted to the hard drive up to load state by putting it under as much stress as possible and again took a temperature reading.

This process was completed with the Silent Savior mounted along with the hard drive left on its own (no cooler). I will also compare the results to the Vizo Orbiter reviewed previously.

Ambient temperature was 18 degrees.

Results

Cooling

Evidently the results are very similar to that of the Vizo Orbiter (about the same price too). In load it’s the temperatures are slightly higher whereas in idle they are a little lower but it’s only about 0.5°C in each case so effectively very similar results.

Compared to the HDD left on its own the results are very good with a 5 degree drop at idle and over 7 degrees in load – good job indeed.

NoiseThe noise isn’t too bad at all; it is audible but not as loud as many of the other coolers installed in my rig.

PriceThe Silent Savior will cost you about £8 which is very reasonable considering the performance it achieved; you can’t really go wrong here.

Conclusion

The Silent Savior is clearly very effective at doing exactly what it says – cooling the hard drive. The construction is very simple yet certainly effective as the results proved. The product is very lightweight due to the aluminium frame, and despite preferring heavier products (which is biased indeed) the Silent Savior is a very impressive product.

Performance wise the cooler is very good and will certainly keep your HD that extra bit cooler and with a price tag of £8 you can’t really go wrong.

Pros

  • Good performance
  • Not very noisy
  • Price
  • Looks good

Cons

  • Uses up space in HDD cage
  • Not suitable for uses with limited HD space

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