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Thermaltake HardCano II Review - Testing

By: Mike Wright | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 14, 2002 4:00 am
TweakTown Rating: 9.0%Manufacturer: Thermaltake



To test the cooling prowess of this device, I decided to use one of the included thermal probes. To make sure that they were accurate, I sat the probes side by side with one that I use regularly, and let them measure the ambient temperature. The probes included with the HardCano proved to be within one tenth of a degree (Celsius) with my probe so should give us some reliable results.


The test system consists of:


Antec SX1030 case with 170-CFM total airflow


EPoX 8KHA+ Motherboard


Athlon XP 1800+ processor


512MB PC2100 DDR


Seagate Barracuda IV 40GB hard drive


Testing was a very simple process; I ran the File System benchmark from the SiSoft Sandra utility. What better way to get a hard drive's heart rate up than an all-out 4-5 minute thrashing of a hard drive testing utility? Here's what we ended up with:


Ambient Temperature



Temperature with no Active Cooling



Temperature with HardCano II Running



Our end result comes up at about 2C cooler running temperatures with the fan in place and running normally. While this may not seem like a huge margin, you can rest assured that over time, your hard drive will feel the difference. After all, cooler is always better.


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