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  Product:     Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 3  
  Price:     $35 (CAN) / $29 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Scythe USA / Arctic Cooling
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     February 15th, 2005
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Sawa from Scythe USA for sending the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 3 for review.

Scythe USA

Introduction:

In a highly active computing environment, it is very hard to escape the associated noise generated from a standard computer system. A typical system which has a combination of storage and multimedia components requires supplemental cooling to reduce the amount of heat generated. To remove additional heat enthusiasts use a wide variety of after market products to replace existing stock cooling solutions. Arctic Cooling based out of Pfäffikon, Switzerland is a relatively new company to the North American market. The company has recently released a series of VGA based cooling products marketed under the Arctic Cooling brand name. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Arctic Cooling NV Silencer Revision 3 for the NVIDIA 5900XT video card.

Specifications:

The Arctic Cooling NV Silencer Revision 3 is an all-inclusive kit that includes all the necessary components for installation. Installation of this product can be completed in less than 30 minutes with only a screw driver required. The Arctic Cooling NV Silencer Revision 3 uses a universal mounting clip which makes this product compatible with all NVIDIA 5900XT video cards. Here are some of the specifications taken directly from the Scythe USA and Arctic Cooling websites:

Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 3 - Key Specifications:
Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 3: Manufactured by Arctic Cooling
Application: NVIDIA FX5900 XT
Dimensions: 218.5mm x 100mm x 32 mm
Weight: 322g
Fan Speed: 2,000 RPM
Connector Type: Big 2-pin
Cable length: 170mm
Hair Dryer style exhaust channel with 23 fin radiator
Long Life Ceramic Bearing Fan
DHES - Direct Heat Exhaust system (exhausts hot air out of the case)

Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 3
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Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 3
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The Arctic Cooling NV Silencer Revision 3 arrived in standard formed Perspex package suitable for retail display. The front portion of the package includes product logos, model number and the Arctic Cooling NV Silencer Revision 3 in plain view. The rear portion of the package contains information on product specifications, features, and a parts list.

Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 3
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Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 3
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The Arctic Cooling NV Silencer Revision 3 requires some mild assembly and comes with an assortment of parts that include the following:
  • 1 x Arctic Cooling NV Silencer Revision 3
  • 1 x Tube of Arctic Cooling Thermal Paste
  • 1 x PCI mounting bracket
  • 1 x Instruction manual (1 page)
The included instructions are translated in two languages (Swedish and English) and are accompanied by a set of reference diagrams. I found the documentation to be very easy to understand and most users should be able to complete the installation of the kit in less than 30 minutes.
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