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As expected, the cooler quite normally sat on the mainboard.

There’s a big distance from it to the chipset heatsink and to the memory modules.

This cooler doesn’t dominate the interior of the system case:

There’s even too much room around it if you compare it to the other three tested coolers. How does this affect its efficiency?

The Silent Tower performs quite well – its time-tested design isn’t obsolete yet. Despite the much smaller heat-transfer area, this cooler is just a little worse than the leaders. Besides being the fastest cooler in this review (2500rpm), it is equipped with an originally shaped fan with side slits for higher efficiency (as the manufacturer claims). Well, the efficiency of the cooler is really high, but there is one more characteristic I haven’t yet mentioned – noise. In a system case with classic 80mm fans that work at the same speed this cooler won’t be conspicuous. In my tests, however, it was quite audible against the background of the almost silent system fans. Thus, this cooler will suit well for a standard configuration, but if you’re building a very quiet computer, you’ll have to adjust it a little.

So, the Silent Tower is a classic design suitable for midrange systems. I wouldn’t recommend it for fastest processors due to high level of noise and the availability of more efficient solutions. If you don’t bother about noise, you can make changes to this cooler to improve its characteristics. On the other hand, you can purchase a Sonic Tower for the same money and avoid the need to redesign anything.

Our verdict: Thermaltake Silent Tower

Highs: Small size; good efficiency; simple installation

Lows: Rather noisy fan

Conclusion: A good implementation of the classic cooler on heat pipes

Average retail price - $29

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