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Spire FridgeRock 5U213C1H3G Heatsink Review
Spire FridgeRock 5U213C1H3G Heatsink Review
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Abstract: The FridgeRock's fan comes with a thermistor attached by the outside leads which monitors case temperature, and adjusts RPM to suit.

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Spire   Cooling / Heatsinks   Apr 17, 2003   Max Page  
Home > Reviews > Page Title: Thermal And Acoustic Results

Acoustic Samples: Listen to this Heatsink!

As we mentioned before, since we test all heatsinks under ambient temperature conditions the fan on the Spire FridgeRock was rotating at the lowest possible speed (about 3500RPM). Consequently, the acoustic tests will show the heatsink as very quiet. To listen to this heatsink for yourself in operation, be sure to click on the little headphones icon below and download the Acoustic Sample MP3 file.

(high) FrostyTech Acoustic Sampling Chamber

Standard Waveform view of a 10 second recording. Click on the headphones to listen to an MP3 recording of this heatsink in operation.
Listen to this Heatsink now.

Sound Level Measurements:

Listening to the actual noise a heatsink makes allows you to hear what pure numbers alone cannot get across. To further emphasize FrostyTech's reliance on cold hard facts when evaluating a heatsink, we also take Decibel readings with a sound level meter. These results may be higher than the manufacturer's listed specs, but then again these are real world measurements. Measurements are made on the dB (A) scale.

FrostyTech Sound Level Results
- Manufacturer Model Noise Level Scale
verax P14 32.1 dB Quiet
Verax P11T 35.3 dB
Spire 5U213C1H3G 35.7 dB
Coolermaster HHC-L61 42.2 dB
Coolermaster HSC-V62 43.7 dB
Akasa AK821 44.2 dB
Spire 5F263 44.5 dB
Akasa Ag Mountain2Q 45.5 dB
Taisol CMK702 47.3 dB
Zalman All Flower HSF 47.4/28.9 dB
Taisol CGK760092 48.4 dB
GlacialTech Igloo 2310 49.4 dB
Cho-Liang CB0307U-17 49.5 dB
Arkua 628 50.7 dB
Noisecontrol Silverado 50.8 dB
Tocools Novasonic 52.2 dB
NengTyi XPC5000 52.4 dB
Spire 5T235 52.5 dB
Thermal Integration TI-V77L 53.0 dB
GlacialTech Igloo 2400 53.9 dB
Eumax EU01 55.4 dB
Sibak AE01625B 58.2 dB
AVC Tundra 2 58.4 dB
Sibak AC02625B 59.7 dB
Coolermaster HHC-001 59.9 dB
Sibak AC06725TH 62.4 dB
Dynatron DY1206BH-625 63.3 dB
Dynatron DC1206BMP 65.1 dB
Thermalright SLK800 66.2 dB
Thermalright AX-7 66.4 dB louder

It is not surprising that the Spire FridgeRock comes in with one of the lowest noise levels. The fan was tested under ambient temperature conditions and would not have had the temperatures necessary to spin up to full RPM.



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Table of Contents:

 1:  Spire FridgeRock 5U213C1H3G Heatsink Review
 2:  The heatsink from all sides
 3:  Heatsink Test Parameters
 4: — Thermal And Acoustic Results
 5:  Final Temperature Results

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