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by Rob Williams on August 10, 2005 in Air-Cooling

Many companies promise superb cooling with their HD Coolers, and Evercool is no different. We are taking a look at their SHDC-E model to see if it proves true with them.

Many companies promise superb cooling with their HD Coolers, and Evercool is no different. We are taking a look at their SHDC-E model to see if it proves true with them.

The Evercool SHDC-E Lander HD cooler uses a large 120mm fan, and is encased in a very sturdy frame. Due to it’s size, it’s meant to be seated in a 5 1/4″ drive bay. It’s designed to suck air away from the hard drive, which would throw the air into the computer. It could also be used to blow air at the drive, but if it’s tight on room, that may not be very effective. Here are the basic specifications according to Evercool.

    Specifications:

  • Overall Dimension: 150 x 145 x 43mm
  • DC Fan Size: 120 x 120 x 25 mm
  • Base Material: Aluminum
  • Bearing Type: Ever Lubricate bearing type (Long life bearing)
  • Speed: 2000±10% RPM
  • Noise Level: < 26 dBA
  • Max Air flow: 80 CFM
  • Rated Voltage: 12 V
  • Weight: 340 g

About Evercool

EVERCOOL is headquartered in Taiwan and has its own factory located in Guang Dong China. This means that you can count on availability, as EVERCOOL warehouse is full of components and ready to ship goods, at all times. Our China factory occupy approximate 30,000 meters, there are around 1000 employees. Our production line produces about 2.5 million pieces per month at present, which are manufactured in accordance with the approvals of ISO 9001, therefore you can be guaranteed your special request will be completed in the shortest amount of time. Growing numbers of happy customers such as Hewlett Packard, Acer, FIC. ….etc. can weigh our success and growth. It is rely on our steady quality, fast delivery and reasonable price.

Testing

To test the cooler, it was mounted both ways, with air sucking up, then with the air blowing down. PC Mark Business Edition’s HDD Suite was run to warm the drive up, followed by 15 minutes worth of benchmarking with HD Tune. Highs and lows are grabbed by watching the temperature with HD Tune.

For maximum effect, I re-arranged my PC a little. I moved both my CD-Rom and Silverstone FP-53 to the top two bays. I installed the SHDC-E to the bottom bay, which leaves sufficient breathing room above it. I also moved the HDD to the very top 3 1/2″ drive bay, directly beneath the cooler.

The harddrive (Western Digital Cavier 200GB, 8mb Cache) certainly never had a cooling problem, with idle temps of 27ºC and a maximum load temp of 35ºC. However, it got even better with the cooler installed. With the fan sucking air up and away from the drive, I got lows of 27ºC, same as without the cooler. At load though, I couldn’t push it past 31ºC, which is a healthy 4ºC that the drive doesn’t have to suffer with.

Turning the cooler around, so that it blows air at the drive directly, brought upon idle temps of 26ºC and load temps of 29º! In Evercools diagrams, they show an example of the cooler sucking air away from the drive, rather than blow it at it, but it’s apparent that it was better when I used it the opposite way.

Because of the huge 120mm fan, it really allows for a full spread of air, so it covers the entire backside of the drive. The cooling is made better with the rated 2,000RPM speed, which is quite sufficient for this use.

The results I found, were certainly nothing to complain about, and I’m very happy with them. At load, we shaved 6ºC off the load temps, and couldn’t pass 29ºC! I’d highly recommend this cooler if you are looking for an easy way to help keep your drive cool. Unlike the Silverstone FP-53 we took a look at last month, it will take up more room, and will likely cause you to re-arrange your computer a little. If you don’t mind devoting a drive bay to this cooler, then definitely check it out.

Thanks to Evercool for sending us this product for review. You can expect to see more Evercool reviews on the site in the near future! If you have something you’d like to say on this review, please feel free to jump over to our related THREAD. You do not need to register to post, but please fill in a name!




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