I have some very mixed feelings about the Silencer coolers form ThermoLab, so let’s start with the good ones. The build quality of these two coolers is very good. The coolers are very quiet – mainly due to the fact that the fan didn’t run for the better part of the testing. Even with the fans hooked to a controller and forced to run, the sound levels were way better than the Intel retail boxed fan. The weight of the coolers are spectacularly light, at just half the weight of the stock cooler and perform better when used with a fan controller. The old adage towards coolers that ‘bigger is better’ could be getting dated after looking at these two coolers. This wouldn’t break my heart as some coolers on the market are tipping the scales at the 1,000g mark, so it’s nice to use a cooler that won’t bend and crack your motherboard when moving the case from one location to another.
Now for what I didn’t care for: Without the fans being hooked to a fan controller the temps where way high. This could be for the fact that the Q6600 was too much for the Nano and Micro to handle. Although, if this was the case the temps would have been just as bad with the controller as with out; but since the temps were not, it makes me lean to the fan controls being the issue.
I think the Thermolab Nano and Micro Silencer coolers could be popular with the SFF and HTPC crowd as most won’t be using quad-core processors for their builds, but rather the lower range CPUs that produce less heat. The coolers themselves are not yet available at your favorite e-tailor as ThermoLab is currently working on getting the coolers to market and should be in the $30 range.
Bottom line: ThermoLab’s first offering to the cooler world is solidly built and gives the SFF and HTPC crowds another option other than stock.