You may have noticed that I didn't do any sound charts, and this is because that is very subjective to the fans chosen to run with the cooler. Since SilverStone doesn't include any fans with the HE02 I thought it was not needed to show you the noise levels of my specific fan choices. That being said I am really at a loss for words to fill this conclusion. I don't want to sound like this cooler is a complete waste of time, but any way you look at it; this is not a passive cooling solution. The 2600K falls well within the specifications and passively the HE02 failed to handle it at all, even allowing the chip to throttle as the temperature was trying to go higher. Even if you look at the results with the fans strapped to it, the results are mediocre at best.
I mean essentially there is no real difference in the results between pointing a fan in the HE02s general direction as if a case fan were cooling this massive tower or I had the fans right on the cooler body. With the amount of open side to this cooler, unless they boxed it in to force air through it instead of blowing by the fans out he sides of the cooler, I don't see this cooler getting great results until you break out the Ear Splitter series of fans. With so much mass hanging off the CPU socket, and how poorly this sample cooled, I am disappointed to say the very least. I would have guessed, maybe even place a wager that this should have done better, but the repeated testing and multiple cooler applications I tried, the results being consistent over all of that speaks for itself.
Even if you were the type who still thinks I did something drastically wrong, and was investing just to prove me wrong, consider this. The cooler is going to set you back $65.99, even more if you don't buy from Newegg. Then on top of that, I know I gave mine up a few years ago, so I would also have to invest in a pair of Delta fans or some other 38mm thick fan that brings the ear pain when running at full speed.
Then and only then, do I think this cooler might pull into a respectable cooler, but the investment when you are all done is now much closer to $100, and there is no way I can get behind a cooler at that price just to get better than average results from a cooler that is said to be passive and fails to even do that right. Give this one a miss.
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