Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 5 Rev. 2

Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 5 Rev. 2

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Introduction

From the manufacturer Arctic Cooling:

Today we test Revision 2 of the Arctic Cooling ATI Silencer 5 which is designed for the PCI-Express Radeon X800 and X850. The cooler can be used on ATI X800 (R430) (XL), ATI X850 (R480) PRO, XT, XT PE.

The cooler does not fit some Sapphire X800 cards where two capacitors block the cooler installation.

Fan72 mm
Overall Dimensions (active GPU Cooler):218.5 x 100 x 31 mm
Overall Dimensions (passive Memory Cooler):137 x 103 x 35 mm
Rated Fan Speed:2000 RPM
Bearing:ARCTIC Ceramic Bearing
Noise Level:0.5 Sone
Weight (active GPU Cooler):100 g
Weight (passive Memory Cooler):56 g
Warranty:6 Years


Packaging



Box contents:
  • VGA cooler with fan and screws
  • Backside cooling plate
  • PCI slot cover
  • Instruction manual
  • Arctic Cooling Sticker


The first revision used a heatsink base which was higher than the surrounding copper, resulting in less than optimal flatness. Revision two does not use this, so the surface is much flatter.



In the past, Arctic has been including thermal paste with their VGA coolers. I don't know why they are using a thermal pad now, maybe too many users messed up the application.

The thermal pad is protected by a small plastic cover. Unfortunately our sample got treated bad on its way and the pad got damaged, maybe there is an issue with Arctic's packing. However, damage this small should not have any effect on the cooling performance, if you consider that the mounting pressure will compress that pad a lot anyway.
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