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28-05-2015


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CPU cooling system SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2: review and testing

Not so long ago we have tested dual-towered CPU cooler SilentiumPC Grandis XE1236 V2, which allowed to explore the European producer. In general, its top solution left a positive impression, but, of course we would like to study in detail more affordable models in its range. Fortunately, we have such opportunity.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

In this review we will focus on the cooler SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2. Unlike more dimensional counterpart, it is equipped with a 120-mm fan, and it is based on single-section tower heatsink with four heatpipes. Nevertheless, even such a structure should provide sufficient performance required for cooling the processors of our bench.

The specs:

Producer and model

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2  

Support for CPU sockets

AMD Socket AM2 / AM2+ / AM3 / AM3+ / FM1 / FM2 / FM2+

Intel Socket LGA775 / LGA1156 / LGA1155 / LGA1150 / LGA1366 / LGA2011

Heat pipes

Material

Copper

Quantity

4

Diameter, mm

6

Radiator material

Aluminum

Thermal interface

Thermal compound Pactum PT-1 in syringe

Fan supply voltage, V

12

Power current, А

0,12

Power consumption, W

1,44

Fan rotation speed, rpm

500 – 1400 ± 10%

Noise level, dB

8,9 – 21

Power socket

4-pin

Air flow, m3/h (CFM)

93,5 (55)

Fan dimensions, mm

120 х 120 х 25

Bearing

Hydraulic Bearing

Mean time between failures, h

50 000

Dimensions, mm

Excluding fan

125 х 52 х 152

Including fan

125 х 75 х 152

Weight, g

555

Warranty, years

2

Producer website

SilentiumPC

Product page

Package and content

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

The front side of the package SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2 introduces the name and appearance of the device. More information about the cooler can be found on the back and sides of the box. The package has good rigidity, but inside the cooler is kept in a plastic blister that protects it during transportation.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

Traditionally the information is applied in three languages: Polish, English and German. The key points are the following:

  • Multi-platform solution - fixing system ensures compatibility with a number of current platforms for processors AMD and Intel;
  • HE Technology - model features the technology of direct contact of heat pipes with the heat-spreading lid of the processor;
  • PWM fan – the use of PWM-controlled low-speed fan with rotation speed up to 1400 rpm;
  • Backplate mounting - used of reinforcement plate;
  • Additional fan mounting include - the presence of an additional set of brackets for installing a second fan.

Also here is the entire supply set and using QR-code you can quickly and easily move to the page describing the process of installation of new item on different platforms.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

The sides of the box contain a detailed specification of the cooler, the image of its front side and a base list of compatible platforms, as well as contact details for the manufacturer. Despite European roots, the cooler is made in China.

 

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

The packaging of the product is at high level. It includes the components of proper and some additional accessories. In general the packaging of cooler SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2 includes:

  • reinforcement plate for platforms AMD and Intel;
  • metal fasteners for different platforms;
  • a set of racks, screws and nuts;
  • two additional brackets for the second fan;
  • thermal compound Pactum PT-1 in the syringe (1.5 g).

We especially liked the two brackets included for an extra fan that allows the user to increase the cooling efficiency of the processor. Also note that complete thermal paste comes in a syringe, allowing its easy storage until the next use. The 1.5 g of a mixture with a reasonable approach will be enough for several applications.

Design and construction  

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

Radiator of the cooler SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2 has a classic tower layout. It is based on four 6 mm copper heat pipes which have 47 thick aluminum plates with thickness of 0.42 mm at a distance of 1.8 mm from each other. The top plate is painted black, which gives a certain spice, especially when the cooler is installed in a dark case. A company logo with the letter «S» allows you to accurately determine the manufacturer of the cooler.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

Radiator is quite narrow so applied pipes are arranged in a single row. They are directly in contact with the heat-spreading lid of the processor, which should positively affect the efficiency of heat dissipation.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

 

To the back of the base has plate used when installing the cooler on the motherboard. As the radiator does not have a through-hole in the center, you will not have access to the screw using a screwdriver. Therefore, if you want to unscrew and fix this element you need to use either your fingers or pliers.

Heat pipes do not have the nickel layer, which allowed to reduce the cost of production, but over time the thermal conductivity of the upper layer of copper may go down due to oxidation.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

The cooler base has dimensions of 47 x 35 mm. It is narrower than the heat-spreading lid of some processors. The surface is smooth, without any bends or defects, although there are longitudinal traces of polishing.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

We could not identify the model of complete fan, because it contains only to the name of the cooler. Nevertheless, the manufacturer provides us with the necessary information about its characteristics. So, we have a low-speed model (rotation speed up to 1400 rpm), so even at the maximum speed the noise will be low (up to 21 dB). The propeller is based on hydrodynamic bearings, with MTBF of 50 000 hours.

The rotation speed of the blades is regulated by PWM, so the connection is provided via a 4-pin connector. The cable is placed in a black braid and on both sides it has heat shrinkage. The length of the cable from the fan is 39 cm, which is quite enough for its easy connection even to the most remote connector.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

The fan is securely attached to the heat sink using the provided clips. Don’t forget that supplied set contains a pair of additional fixtures allowing to install additional fan.

Assembled cooler has a pleasant appearance, and some details of the exterior allow to identify the manufacturer.

Installation  

Installation details of the cooler SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2 to different platforms can be found on the manufacturer's website. The installation should not cause difficulties even for beginners.

Do note that the novelty has a double without inscription «v2» in the title. They differ among only in the way of mounting: if the first version for the installation uses X-shaped device, the test model uses usual universal plate. Therefore, the installation process is started with this item.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

 

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

In the motherboards for the processors from AMD initially you need dismantle standard mount and mount complete reinforcing plate. But first of all you need to install the screws and fixing heads.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

On the front side of the board you need to set the plastic stands, metal fasteners, screws that are fixed by complete screws with the curly heads.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

The heatsink is attached with the pressure plate, which is initially mounted over it. For this purpose you can use screwdriver of any length, but no smaller than PH2 (cross-slotted screwdriver) or SL5 (flat).

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

 

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

Novelty has excellent compatibility to memory modules and other components near the CPU. Thus, even in case of RAM with high radiator between them and the fan there is a free space. The same applies to the radiator placed around the CPU socket, as well as devices that are installed in the first slot.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

Assembled system has a nice appearance. This is facilitated by the use of black fan and a similar color of the upper plate of the radiator, which allowed cooler perfectly fit into the overall picture.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

In order to install the cooler SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2 to platforms with Intel processors you can use a complete reinforcing plate, but the screws are installed in the other holes.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

On the front side you should put the same black plastic stands, and on top two metal plates. Since the holes are arranged to square form, it is possible to install the cooler in any convenient way, depending where you want to send the hot air: to the rear or upper wall of the case.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

The installation of the radiator does not cause any problems, the main thing you need to have a suitable screwdriver.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

Compatibility with all neighboring components is similar to the platform AMD: paired with the test cooler you can use RAM modules of any height and design.

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

SilentiumPC Fera 2 HE1224 v2

Don’t forget to apply the thermal compound on the heat-spreading lid of the processor before installing the cooler and then to connect the fan to a 4-pin connector on the motherboard.


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