Today we will be taking a look at a low-noise cooling solution from Thermaltake, the Silent 1156. Although released in August of 2009, there is little doubt that heatsink manufacturers like Thermaltake are receiving more interest in their Socket 1156 solutions thanks to Intel's release of the new Core processor family
at CES back in January. Based on a new 32nm manufacturing technology, these new processors produce much less heat than their 45nm counterparts. But like every heatsink provider, Thermaltake knows there are users who want better-than-stock performance without sacrificing noise or sinking a lot of money into a cooling solution (no pun intended). Does the $29 Thermaltake Silent 1156 fit into this mold?
The Thermaltake Silent 1156 arrived in the white hanging retail box that you see above. There is a large photo of the cooler on the front and a features list and operating diagram on the rear. Below is a list of features borrowed from Thermaltake's website.
Thermaltake's claim of a silent cooler should prove true with a noise level of only 22 dBa. The 36 CFM of airflow isn't a whole lot but I suspect it should be enough for this heatsink. Since this heatsink is constructed primarily of aluminum, overall weight is only 382 grams so no worries of a hefty sink here.
Continue ahead as we take a closer look at the Silent 1156.