Today we look at one of SilenX newest offerings in the 120mm CPU cooler market. This cooler is LGA 2011 compatible so we will put this to the test to see how exactly it will handle it.
For a while now, SilenX has mostly been off the radar of enthusiasts, as the company’s focus has been primarily on silent coolers and not on extreme performance cooling. Today we are looking at the EFZ-120HA5 which is a silent cooler with triple direct touch 6mm heatpipes and is listed as LGA 2011-compatible, which means we can have a new X79 system without the noise associated with a performance cooler.
With a price tag of $32.99 presently this could be quite the bargain for anyone looking to build a new quiet high performance system. Now let’s take a look at the performance and quality of the cooler as we get it installed.
copper heatpipes, anodized aluminum fins
3rd generation fluid dynamic bearings
intel cpu compatibility
lga775, lga1155/1156, lga1366, lga2011
amd cpu compatibility
socket 754, 939, 940, AM2, AM2+, AM3
unboxing & first impressions
The packaging for the SilenX cooler is well laid out with some key specs and marketing language with a cutout so we could see the cooler before ever even opening it. The internal support is a plastic clamshell style which contains all of the components, and everything looked like it would stay in place no matter the shipping condition. The clamshell also helps contain all of the accessory pieces very well as the plastic is molded to hold all of the accessories in place.
|Case||Open air, desk|
Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.8GHz
Kingston HyperX T1 1600MHz
|Fans||2x 230mm Cooler Master case fans|
1TB Seagate 7200.12
2TB Seagate 5400RPM
2x 1TB Seagate ST31000524AS
|Optical||Super WriteMaster DVD-Burner|
Nvidia GeForce GTX 580
| Additional Cards||N/A|
Thermaltake ToughPower Grand 1200W
|Mouse||Tt eSPORTS MEKA G1|
During the testing stage of this review, we will be testing with Wprime looping consistently until the temperature levels out so we know the theoretical max we will see while doing about the most stressful tasks such as video encoding or other heavy processor bound tasks,
For testing we choose not to use such programs as LINX or other linpack tests as we have found that those testing utilities can work as a power virus and cause premature failure of power circuits and processors.
As we can see from the results above, the SilenX cooler can handle a small overclock pretty well and even at max overclocked temp, we did not hear the fan over anything else in the system. This is a rather impressive cooler.
The SilenX EFZ-120HA5 proved itself to be an impressive cooler and for anyone looking for a very quiet cooler for their performance gamer and not looking to push the processor too far this cooler is an excellent choice. The price is very good, the quality of the mounting is extremely solid, and feels like a very quality piece for a low cost cooler.
All things considered, this unit is not made for a heavy overclock or high end enthusiast. This is more for those users that want silent performance at the expense of overclock-level cooling. Nonetheless, this is a good cooler.
|OUR VERDICT: SilenX EFZ-120HA5 Cooler|
|Summary: The SilenX EFZ-120HA5 has excellent cooling performance for the absolute quiet you get, and its low price earns the SilenX EFZ-120HA5 the Bjorn3D Silver Bear Award.|