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Thermaltake HardCano II Review - Testing

Those who think about Thermaltake normally think about heatsinks for processors, but there is so much more. Come join Mike "Darthtanion" Wright as he takes a look at one of their newest offerings, the HardCano II. It is being marketed as a hard drive cooler, but it also includes two thermal probes that are mounted right on the front of your case. Can it serve both purposes in a satisfactory manner? Let's find out.

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

Testing

 

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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