SilverStone recently launched a new air cooler called the Nitrogon NT01-Pro. At 140mm (W) x 97mm (H) x 120mm (D), it looks to offer up some impressive cooling potential. The cooler is aluminum with a copper base-plate and a total of six heatpipes.
Interestingly, the cooler can be used passively without fans or be paired with two 80mm fans to allow for faster processor overclocks. While 120mm fan support would have been ideal, with a bit of modding, you could have four 80mm fans in a push-pull configuration. It would sound like a jet engine, but would give you a great deal of cooling power.
Other specifications of the air cooler include six 6mm heatpipes and a net weight of 470g without fans, which translates to just over 1 pound. One issue with the cooler is that it will likely cover up the top PCI-E slot when it is mounted vertically due to its 140mm width.
The Nitrogon NT01-Pro supports both AMD and Intel processors. Specifically, it can be used on motherboards with the LGA775, 1155, 1156, 1366, and 2011 sockets on the Intel side and the AM2, AM3, FM1, and FM2 AMD sockets. It will cost €50.90 (or approximately $65 USD). More information can be found on the SilverStone website.
What do you think of the Nitrogon NT01-Pro?
An uninspired “half a D14”
An uninspired “half a D14” cooler with two 80mm “screamer” fans. My guess is loud as a server rack, cools worse than a Hyper 212.
The design also looks like it will put pressure on the socket in a peculiar way.
I don’t know who’s worse at their job: the engineer that designed this, or the product manager that approved it.
i would be correct to say
i would be correct to say your top 1 or 2 pci-e slots would have to empty to be able to have this thing in the machine.
Depends on the mobo but
Depends on the mobo but likely the first slot for sure, and depending on how they are spaced possibly the second (for example, my board has the two x16 slots spaced out with a x4 in betweeen them).
Looks to be absolutely
Looks to be absolutely ridiculous. Why would they ever design such an oddly shaped cooler? I certainly wouldn’t buy one.
These are designed for HTPC
These are designed for HTPC cases where the optical drive is mounted above the RAM. This Heatsink will not interfere with the optical drive.
Agreed, the design of this
Agreed, the design of this cooler is absolutely ridiculous. The dimensions are totally wrong. It looks like if they are chosen at random. Nevertheless I’ve bought this cooler, because it’s the only one (till now) which makes it possible to put the fans there, where it makes really sense. Mounting the fans as suggested by Silverstone is far from optimal, as they just recirculate warm air from inside PC enclosure. Instead, the fans should be mounted at the other side of the cooler and should also make contact with the rear side of the enclosure. See this pic: http://home.tiscali.nl/audio/temp/DSCF7341.JPG
In this way cold air from the outside is blown into the cooler. Regrettably, the dimensions of the NT01 PRO are all wrong and it gave me a lot of trouble to put this stuff in a decent way into the cabinet. This was only possible by using (hard to get) 80x38mm fans, an air duct and a 5.9mm thick spacer between the copper base and the CPU.
The results: running the fans at 1300 RPM I hardly can hear them. With a i5-3570k, running at the nominal speed, delta T at idle conditions is 4 degrees C and at full load it’s 35 degrees. Not that bad for a HTPC, I would say.
Dumbasses, it’s for a 4U
Dumbasses, it’s for a 4U server. Anyone who has ever built or configured one would know that this cooler is ideal for this purpose, especially considering typical exhaust fan locations in 4U racks.
Well the manufacturer,
Well the manufacturer, Silverstone, recommends this cooler for just three cases, all of them HTPC cases. And also only for 65W CPUs, or with two extra fans fitted to it, 150W.