Fera 3 HE1224 v2 from Polish producer SilentiumPC sold at a very attractive price, but it has a fairly simple structure. SilentiumPC for its single tower cooler with a narrow design expresses a high level of compatibility. But if we get a favorable price / performance ratio?
Polish manufacturer SilentiumPC quite well known in Europe, its products it sells through Amazon network. We recently conducted tests of the cooler with variable appearance SilentiumPC Fortis 3 HE1425 Malik Customs Edition, Now came the turn of the model focused on customers with limited budgets.
Single tower cooler is sold at an affordable price 26.99 euros, while it stands rather narrow design. Even with the fan width reaches 8 cm. SilentiumPC also made asymmetrical design that should eliminate compatibility issues. Producer 3 allows you to install many Fera AMD and Intel platforms. Moderate height 15.5 cm also improves compatibility with the body. Despite the narrow design, the maximum TDP Set 180 watts.
Supplied with mounting accessories for different supported platforms. Not without manual with installation description and a small syringe with thermal paste (Pactum PT-2). Finally, with Fera 3 HE1224 v2 you will get not one, but two mounts for fans. Thus, SilentiumPC allows you to install two fans in push-pull configuration.
Without good fans it is clear how narrow radiator Fera 3 HE1224 v2. The thickness is only 5.3 cm.
SilentiumPC decided not to experiment with unusual forms of the radiator fins. But ribs done through-holes through which the air can circulate.
For cooler Fera 3 HE1224 v2, in contrast to the Fortis 3 HE1425 Malik Customs Edition, not declared can change the appearance, but there are similarities. Even the entry-level model, the upper edge painted in black and screwed screws with hexagon head. Present and plastic caps for heat pipes. Four 6 mm heat pipes are arranged so as to efficiently dissipate the heat to the fins.
As you’d expect from an inexpensive cooler, heat pipes come in direct contact with the processor. This method allows the manufacturer to save on copper base. If Fera flattened heat pipes 3 are embedded flush with the base without gaps, which improves the efficiency of removing heat from the CPU.
Visually cheesy fan Sigma PRO familiar to us on the cooler Fortis 3. But there SilentiumPC used 140-mm model. On Fera 3 cooler mounted 120-mm version. Fan speed PWM declared from 500 to 1,600 r / min. The values we can confirm in practice.
Installation Fera 3 HE1224 v2 is almost identical to Fortis 3. Please install a simple plastic back plate for the selected socket CPU. Then the front of the motherboard plate bolted to two brackets. They finally screwed on the radiator cross. Illustrations in the User’s Guide is not always clear, but you can understand, there is nothing difficult in the installation process. Since compatibility is also okay. On the test motherboard left a lot of space between the cooler and memory bars.
Fan Sigma PRO easy to fit between the cooler and memory bars.
As can be seen from our measurements, Sigma PRO fan is perfect for a quiet system. Even at maximum speed the noise level remains moderate. At 1,000 rev / min noise level dropped, the air flow was barely audible. With a further decrease to 600 rev / min airflow noise became almost imperceptible, the noise level was reduced to 30.1 dB (A). Of course, these tests do not reflect the subjective feelings. At the two lower levels of speed could be heard chirping easy bearing, which is unlikely to please the users who are sensitive to noise. At top speed we got uneven noise, which also can not please everyone.
The following test scenario, we evaluate the performance of the cooler with the standard fan at 1,000 rev / min and at maximum speed.
For the price and design of the closest competitor Fera 3 HE1224 v2 can be called Arctic Freezer i32. According to the test results show a close two coolers cooling performance, unfortunately, among the outsiders. However, in comparison with the compact vertical cooler stream such as be quiet! Shadow Rock LP, the cooling performance is still higher. In any case, in our test system, the cooler was enough to cool the Core i7-4790K at 1,000 rev / min. But the stock to further reduce rotational speed or acceleration of CPU we have not received.
To compare “pure” performance coolers without affecting regular fans, we equip all our reference cooler fans. We used a powerful fan Noctua NF-A15 PWM, the distance between the mounting holes is 105 mm, speed – up to 1,200 rev / min. If such fans can set on the radiator was absent, we used a more compact Noctua NF-F12 at a speed of 120 mm to 1,500 rev / min. In the case of coolers, designed for “real” 140-mm fans with hole spacing of 140 mm, we used the NF-A14 PWM.
For a more adequate comparison with the Arctic Freezer i32 we have equipped Fera 3 HE1224 v2 fan NF-F12.
At 1,000 rev / min SilentiumPC cooler fan benefits from changes to our reference fan it easily bypasses Freezer i32. Tests at 600 rev / min confirmed that the cooler in our test system, it is better not to put up for speed is less than 1,000 rev / min.
Fera 3 HE1224 v2 for those users who need a simple and inexpensive tower cooler. This positioning SilentiumPC cooler confirmed by our tests. The design of the cooler is the easiest, it can be installed on different sockets. Narrow radiator and asymmetrical design avoids compatibility issues. Yes, and 15.5 cm height allows cooler fit into a low-cost housings, which are often cooler height limitation.
Staff fan with PWM control covers a wide range of speeds. But Sigma PRO – yet inexpensive ordinary fan. At low speeds could hear the chirping of the bearing, which may not appeal to users, sensitive to noise. However, it makes sense to find fault only if you collect very quiet PC. In general, the fan – the only component that points to the fiscal nature of the cooler. Thanks to the top plate of black, plastic caps thermal tubes and high quality manufacturing as a whole, Fera 3 HE1224 v2 cooler looks a lot more expensive than it really costs. Narrow radiator and simple structure expected impact on cooling performance. But Fera 3 HE1224 v2 cope with middle-class processors at standard clock speeds. If you plan to install a powerful high-end processors or overclocking the CPU, it is better to choose a more expensive and powerful cooler.
In direct comparison with low-cooler Arctic Freezer i32 test Fera 3 HE1224 v2 showed himself well. Mounts easily approached for a reference Noctua fan. The cooler looks nice and leaves a high quality impression. However, if you require a higher cooling performance, and you are ready to accept the large size, it makes sense to pay. For example, Thermalright Macho Direct cost of 3 thousand. Rubles, but it provides much higher performance cooling.
SilentiumPC Fera 3 HE1224 v2 is suitable for scenarios where you need to replace the boxed cooler in the standard system without CPU overclocking. In addition, he encouraged good compatibility and stylish appearance.