Nexus Cooling Roundup
We now come to a rather interesting item: the FrizzBee. The packaging is shaped like a frisbee with a black and orange colour scheme - very original. Let's see if the cooler has the stuff too.
Specs below: taken from Nexus's site.
- Model number: FRZ-3500
- Dimensions: 101.6x94.6x17.8mm
- Fan Dimensions: 60x60x15 mm
- Bearing Type: Sleeve Bearing
- Rated Voltage: 12 Volts
- Rated Current: 0.03 A
- Rotation Speed: 1500 RPM
- Noise Level: Inaudible! (<15 dB(A))
- Airflow: 6.4 CFM
- Warranty: 3 Years
As you can tell from just looking at the specs, the Frizzbee is incredibly silent, and if you have hot hard drives, this will surely be a good solution.
Looking at the fan, you can tell it hasn't been done before; the fan is designed to screw onto the screw holes on the bottom side of the disk, allowing the fan to blow cold air onto the circuit board to cool it. Just like the Nexus fans on the previous page, the FrizzBee has the same black and white colour scheme, which is very effective.
The Frizzbee is powered by a male/female molex, which is a brilliant idea for people who have IDE hard drives seeing as it can plug straight into the hard drive and get power from there. But for people with SATA drives, this may be a little irritating as you will have to go hunting for a spare molex connection. Maybe someone could make a fan powered by SATA power connector?
Right; on to installation. For some reason, you don't get any instructions for the installation of the fan, so if you are new to computer hardware and cooling then beware. As said previously, the fan attaches to the bottom of your hard drive and blows air up onto it. Below is a picture of what it should look like when installed correctly.
Now let's have a look at the temperature of my IBM IC35L IDE 120GB hard drive.
I am completely surprised by the outcome of this test. I was expecting a drop in temperature, but not of such a significant amount. I am especially impressed with the load temp as well; the FrizzBee seems to be able to keep the drive cool even when it is working hard. I used HDTach
to put the disk under load, and it seemed to be working pretty hard on the random access test. Very impressive hard drive cooler.
The Frizzbee has seriously impressed me. Let's now move on to another item from the Nexus box.
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