Silverstone Cooler: Nitrogen NT03
Published: 31st July 2006 | Source: Specialtech | Price: |Conclusion
The Silverstone Nitrogen NT03 is a very nice cooler for those who want a performance cooler in a smaller size. It performs very well for its small size and is guaranteed to fit in some pretty small cases. With a Heatpipe solution that is packed into a small stylish package, Silverstone are onto a winner for people wishing to create a Media PC or an HTPC in a smaller case. The NT03 looks good and would also suit those with a case window, although the wiring would have to be carefully thought out.
It has to be said that when those two 60mm fans spin up they do get slightly 'whirry'. Although this never rose to a point where I found it distracting, and under anything but full load the noise was much better on the ears. This could however, be a problem if you need a very quiet cooler just for media purposes.
The NT03 can be found at SpecialTech for a fairly hefty £37.99. This puts it in a price bracket competing with mid to top-end coolers. This may not matter to you if you need a cooler that is just that little bit smaller than your average.
+ Good cooling
+ Allows a decent overclock
+ Great for HTPC or Media PC application
+ Good package
- Small fans are high-pitched
- Wire management could be an issue
- Not easy to install
- Bit on the expensive size
I am going to give the NT03 a OC3D Recommended 75% for being a great buy for your smaller system.
Thanks to SpecialTech for the sample.
Remember that this cooler is being given away in our "Goodbye to 939" competition!
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