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ThermalTake Silent Boost Cpu Cooler these any good, quiet wise ect ?

Discussion in 'AMD Overclocking' started by We Live For The One We Die For The One, Apr 27, 2004.

  1. Just need a quiet cooler, and overclocking wont be done.

    The Vantec Aeroflow was said to be quiet, not for me, it hink it was
    when i bought it but now seems much louder ands it codl here now still
    stuck at 46c CPU, 21 Ambient.

    Any one recommend the Silent Boost would it be quieter than the Vantec
    AeroFlow ?

    We Live For The One We Die For The One, Apr 27, 2004
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    Chip Guest

    Dunno if it would be quieter. Maybe. But its not that good really. The
    heatsink itself is OK I think - it seems solid enough and its all copper
    with lots of fins. My guess is the fan is not too special.

    I replaced my Silent Boost with a Thermalright SLK-900A and a medium-speed
    Pabst fan. The new combo is quieter than the Silent Boost, and it knocked
    6C off my CPU temps!!! Perhaps the Silent Boost heatsink with the Pabst fan
    would have done OK.

    The one thing the Silent Boost does have going for it is value. Its
    extremely good value considering the quality of the heatsink. My combo
    probably cost 3x the price.... for essentially the same thing.

    Chip, Apr 28, 2004
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  3. I've been running a Thermaltake Silent Boost for ~ 6 mo in an Antec 'quiet

    A couple times I've stopped the fan on the Silent Boost to see how much
    noise it was producing. Quite frankly, I couldn't tell the difference with
    the fan running or stopped. I.e., it's pretty quiet.

    I was going to add some silicone washers just for yuks, but found the fan
    screws are not standard [at least not the same as the ones for my case fan].
    Heads are smaller and the screws seem closer to sheet metal screws than to
    machine screws. Net, not sure if you can replace the fan on the Silent
    Frank Jelenko, Apr 29, 2004
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    SLP Guest

    See: http://tinyurl.com/3xeaa

    SLP, Apr 29, 2004
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    Chip Guest

    "Quiet" is such a relative term, isn't it. I guess it depends on how much
    noise the rest of your PC is making. In my case, my Silent Boost was
    *easily* the loudest thing in the PC. Turning the fan off made a huge
    difference to the overall noise output for me. Maybe mine was faulty.

    To be fair, my new Thermaltake SLK900 + Pabst fan combo is not *much* more
    quiet. Marginally quieter, I would say. Its just seems ironic that a
    product with "Silent" in its name should actually be louder than an
    alternative with no "quiet" pretentions at all.
    The fan is easily replaced, if you want to. You just need a normal 80mm fan
    with standard mounting holes and it fits just fine. Leave the metal thing
    on top, unscrew the four screws holding the Silent Boost fan, remove it and
    replace it with your new (normal) fan. And screw the screws back in. It
    fits perfectly: I know, because I tried it !

    Chip, Apr 29, 2004
  6. There's actually two versions of the K7 Silent Boost, one with a "hydro
    wave" fan and one with a ball-bearing fan. The "hydro wave" one is
    (supposedly) noticably quieter. At one point, I had two of these in my
    system, and my WD800JB hard disk was more noticable than the Silent Boosts.

    Michael Brown, Apr 29, 2004
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    Chip Guest


    I ordered the hydro wave fan version. But they look identical, don't they.
    I wonder if in fact I had the noisier version?

    In any event, the airflow from my fan was pretty low. I suspect thats why
    the Silent Boost's cooling wasn't exactly stellar. Competant, but nothing
    to write home about.

    My personal recommendation now would be to buy a decent Thermaltake
    heatsink - like the SLK900A and then put whatever fan on it you wish. I do
    believe this is a better solution than the Silent Boost. For whatever noise
    level you choose, I think you get better cooling this way.

    But like I said before, this route is probably 3x the price of the Silent
    Boost, so whether this is worth it is very much a personal thing.


    Chip, Apr 29, 2004
  8. A silent boost is just 40 bucks Australian so ill get one with the
    hydrowave bearning thing.

    You can never have to many CPu coolers :)
    We Live For The One We Die For The One, Apr 29, 2004
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    ~misfit~ Guest

    So far in this thread you've said 'ThermalRight' SLK900A once and
    'ThermalTake' SLK900A twice. So which is it?
    ~misfit~, May 1, 2004
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    Chip Guest

    Sorry misfit. I get confused. Its a Thermalright SLK900A. Thermaltake
    don't make the SLK900A, so I hope you knew what I was on about.

    Anyway, for the avoidance of doubt, I meant this one:


    Its a very very good heatsink and its compatible with virtually all
    motherboards, because it doesn't need the mounting holes around the CPU

    Chip, May 1, 2004
  11. Right. But, isn't the Silent Boost quieter than many cpu fans? [Silent
    certainly it isn't. I've noticed Zalman does the same thing with

    I think I'm going to try to SLK900 and Pabst fan. The Pabst fan I'm looking
    at say 12 db for sound/noise and ~ 19 cfm. Is that the same one you're
    using? I was wondering if the 19cfm was enough - of course, the
    Thermalright heatsink could make up the difference.

    Frank Jelenko, May 2, 2004
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    Chip Guest

    I am using the 34 cfm version, rated at 26 dBA. Even at 34 cfm, this is
    marginally quiter than the Silent Boost. The 26 cfm/19 dBA version would be
    *very* quiet. I doubt you'd even need to go for the 12dBA one. As to
    whether the 19 cfm airflow of the 12dBA model is enough? Well it really
    depends on what you want to do with your PC. I managed to run my old
    XP3200+ at 11x133 MHz at 1.3v with no fan at all! The Prime95 load temps
    were 46C when I did this. (This was with the SLK900A heatsink) But whether
    19 cfm is enough for "normal" use, I don't know. If you only plan on
    running at stock volts and speeds, then its probably OK.

    Chip, May 2, 2004
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