Scythe Minebea Cooling Fans
Published: 17th April 2007 | Source: Scythe | Price: |Testing Procedure
For the testing phase of this review I have decided to try and remove as much user-bias and subjectivity from the equation as possible. For the silent PC enthusiasts, what I might consider silent, may not necessarily equate to something that they would be satisfied with utilising 24/7 in their home PC's... Alternatively, power-users may find the fan noise more than acceptable.
The Minebea fans will be allowed to run out of the case (to eliminate any extraneous noise emmanating from within the case), and a SoundMAX superbeam noise cancelling microphone will be placed approximately 30cm away from the fan to record the fan noise. Each of these sound snippets will be provided to allow each individual to make a informed and un-biased prospective purchasing decision. A Scythe Kama Meter fan controller will be used to provide voltage for the fans.
For the Scythe Mini-Kaze, I have chosen to test this on the recently reviewed Noctua NC-U6 passive chipset heatsink. The testing phase will be conducted from within the PC case, and the difference in temperature collated into graph format. As with all OC3D reviews 3 test runs will be completed, and an average taken. To simulate load temperatures, dual instances of Stanford's Folding @ Home client was used. The PC was allowed 30 minutes of idle time to allow temperatures to reach a reasonable operating temperature, and to ensure uniformity of results.
Not that it is important in a fan review, but I have taken the liberty of including my testing system specifications below:
ASUS P5B Deluxe wifi/app
Silverstone ST60F 600W PSU
2GB OCZ PC2-6400 Titanium
2 x Seagate SATA II 7200.10 HDD (RAID 0)
CoolerMaster 830 Stacker enclosure
Please head over the page to see how each individual fan performed.