I will be reviewing the Global Win IStorm Hard Disk Drive Cooler
which is sold by the Cooler Guys( http://www.coolerguys.com
). Well actually, a lot of other companies sell it, but the
one I got for review came from the Cooler Guys. The reason I
even asked for it for review was because on of our readers requested
it. I would like to thank them for reminding me to not leave
this HDD Cooler out of my roundup. No, this is not the roundup,
but that is coming soon. I think I have reviewed just about
every Hard Drive Cooler in preparation of the "Big HDD Cooler
Roundup" that you won't wanna miss. There are 6 coolers in all
so far in the roundup. The ones that will be in the roundup
are the following: HD 200, King Kong, IStorm(no I'm not kidding),
3dfxcool hddHO, Ultra Thin Exhauster, and the Twin Turbo. Go
on and email me at email@example.com if you have any HDD coolers
that you want included! I always love to get your email good
or bad. Onto the review!
installation can be very hard or very easy. If the company provides
detailed instructions and you have somewhat of a brain they
will be easy to install. The thing is, when the company doesn't
provide instructions then it can get tricky. Not hard, but tricky.
That was sort of the case with the I-storm Hard Drive cooler.
They had instructions on the back of the box, but they weren't
that detailed. In other words if you needed lots of help installing
the cooler, they didn't provide it. For me and most people that
would be buying this cooler they were "adequate." Nothing revolutionary,
just what the doctor ordered.
we get to talk about the important stuff, like cooling effect
and noise. I will go ahead and talk about noise first so that
I can get it out of the way. The IStorm doesn't produce barely
any noise at all. If you have a few other fans in your case
besides this one, then you won't notice any difference in noise.
On the other hand if you have no other coolers in your case,
you will notice that this thing produces some noise, but nothing
you can't live with. Now we will talk about how well this cooler
cools. Global Win spent some time designing this cooler. It
is one of the nicest and most professional looking coolers that
I have reviewed so far. Yes I know, first impressions aren't
everything. The thing that matters for a Hard Drive Cooler is
how well it cools. The IStorm HDD Cooler has been touted by
many review sites out there as the best cooler. I was not influenced
by any other hardware sites when reviewing this cooler, substances
maybe, but not hardware pages. The IStorm is one of, if not
the, best cooler that I have reviewed so far. The
IStorm has provides plenty of airflow to ensure that your hard
drive will be kept cooler. In my tests the hard drive went from
being hot after being in operation, to almost cool to the touch.
I will not release any actual temperature measurements as I
am saving those for the roundup. But expect a 12 degree F drop
in the temperature of your hard drive. I cannot guarantee this
in any way, but remember if your hard drive is cooler by 5 degrees,
then your whole system is cooler by 5 degrees. Onto, the ratings.
The price of this Hard Drive is cooler is $35.95 US when ordered
from the Cooler Guys. Not for someone who is looking to spend
$10 for a cooler hard drive. The cooler is getting a 7.9 for
price, because at $35.95(+ shipping) it is the most expensive
HDD cooler that I have reviewed. For Performance I'm dishing
this cooler a 9.6. To say it simply, this cooler is awesome!
I would have liked some better instructions for the price, but
that doesn't effect how it cools.
it's going to be getting a 8.7. The reason for such a "low"
overall rating is due to the price. I felt that this was a good
$25 cooler, not a $40 cooler. If you can find it for $25 somewhere,
then make sure you buy it! Simply the IStorm Cooler is one of
the most powerful hard drive coolers on the market. If you can
afford to lose about $40 for a hard drive cooler, then this
is the cooler for you.
by Kevin Perko
- 7.9 Performance - 9.5
Overall - 8.7