Silverstone Cooler: Nitrogen NT03
Published: 31st July 2006 | Source: Specialtech | Price: |Meet the Silverstone NT03
Silverstone are targeting the NT03 at the smaller form factor market, with its compact design capable of fitting in to most HTPC/Media cases that fit mATX/ATX form factor motherboards. The cooler supports Intel Socket 478, LGA775, and AMD Socket 754, 939, 940. However, Silverstone state: "Due to an increasing number of Pentium M desktop motherboards featuring proprietary CPU cooler mounting holes, the NT03 will no longer be listed as having support for Socket 479". This is a bit of a shame but if you picked a board that does not have proprietary mounting holes your in luck.
Taken from Silverstone's Site
|Material||Copper base, fins, heat pipes|
|Heat Pipe Type||Powder|
|Application||Intel Socket 478, LGA775, AMD Socket 754, 939, 940|
|Net Weight|| |
|Dimension||90 mm (W) x 72 mm (H) x 64 mm (D)|
|60mm cooling fan x 2|
|Max air pressure||2.31mmH2O|
|Fan blade size||60 x 60 x 15mm|
The specifications aren't bad for the NT03. The airflow is a little low even with the two 60mm fans, but this cooler is more focused on a smaller case so the smaller fans would obviously not be able to pull as much airflow through.
The Fans and Noise
The fans are Evercool R126015DL rated at 12v - 0.14A. Together the two fans make up 26.9dBA according to Silverstone. I think that this is probably about right. When placed under full load by our test setup, there was a definite whirring noise coming from the cooler. Although not loud enough to be overly bothering, this would probably annoy you during something like watching a DVD. This probably wouldn't be too much of an issue, as watching a DVD should not stress out the CPU too much.