price for this cooler was $30. That is the second highest price
out of all the hard drive coolers that I have reviewed. A little
high, but as always you get what you pay for. What do I mean?
This hard drive cooler is the only one that I have reviewed
that comes with a heatsink. That will definitely help it cool
your hard drive better. A heatsink is one thing that can’t malfunction
or not effectively cool. 3dfxcool definitely knew what they
were doing when they decided to include a heatsink on this hard
that it comes with 2 20mm thick fans. That provide us with some
serious horse-power to cool your entire hard drive effectively.
After getting all that for $30 some people would call it a “bargain.”
Now I get to talk about how this cooler performed, which is
what really matters. By using a heatsink to take the heat off
the top of the drive and 2 fans to blow the hard drive’s hot
air out of the case, it has put it self in a good position.
This cooler cools the whole hard drive effectively. The first
that I have come across that can lay claim to that. Reducing
the entire temperature of the whole hard drive, that is. With
no cooling at all the hard drive was hot to the touch after
I ran several benchmarks on it for 30 minutes. When I installed
the 3dfx hddHO cooler it was almost “cool” if you will, to the
touch. When I say this I am talking about the whole hard drive,
top, bottom, and sides. That is definitely a solid reduction
in temperature, but as always no actual measurements will be
released until the HDD Cooler Roundup.
onto the ratings for this hard drive cooler. For Price its getting
an 8.5 because while $30 is a lot to pay for a hard drive cooler,
it is definitely worth your money. For Performance its getting
a 9.7 because this thing was a great hdd cooler but as always,
could have been better. I don’t honestly think I’ll ever give
a 10 out to a Hard Drive Cooler. It would probably have to be
a Peltier hdd cooler, and those things cost a fortune anyway.
Overall I’m dishing this cooler an 9. It would have earned a
higher score in price and overall if it had been easier to install
or included instructions. It would have been the first hdd cooler
to earn above a 9 on the final rating. All I ask 3dfxcool to
do is either include instructions or a small note saying that
instructions are on the web page. I know that when you order
this cooler you will see that, but you could always forget.
Especially if you were excited to turn off the computer and
install the cooler. If you have a 7200rpm drive or above then
the 3dfx hddHO cooler is for you. For a 5400 it might be overkill,
but then again, you can never have too much cooling. Anyone
out there with an un-cooled SCSI hard drive, head on over to
3dfxcool and pick one
of these puppies up.
- 8.5 Performance - 9.7
Overall - 9.0