CPU Cooler Review: GlacialTech F101 Silent

Posted Mar 15, 2010
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Under review today, is GlacialTech’s latest offering in the CPU Cooler market, the F101 Silent. It is a single tower, multi-socket enabled CPU Cooler, and is top of the line product of the company.

The Cooler is named after The General Electric F101, a after-burning turbo fan jet engine that powered the B-1 Lancer strategic bomber of the USAF. The B1 lancer was a huge success, and hopefully, so would be the cooler!

2.        About GlacialTech

According to their profile, GlacialTech Inc. was established in June 2001 by a team of 8 world-class researchers (PHDs) and three factory owners. Its technological areas of expertise include specialized thermal theory, soldering and mounting technologies, mechanism design, test and verification environment build-up and advanced conduct material development. GlacialTech offers two kinds of standard and customized cooling solutions. The standard cooling solutions deal with the CPU coolers for desktop and server PC system, PC case fan, VGA coolers and other accessory cooling products

3.        Packaging and Accessories

The cooler comes in a beautiful rectangular box, normally seen akin to Graphic Card boxes.  The front of the box shows off a Military Style emblem, and a Jet Engine, appropriate to its name.

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The back of the cooler lists the salient features of the cooler and its technical specifications.

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Opening the box, we find the Cooler and a White 120mm GlacialTech Fan neatly stacked in styrofoam and cardboard box respectively. Other accessories include:

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  • Intel and AMD backplates
  • Mounting plates and screws
  • A little Hex-Key (Allen Key) and a Small Spanner to secure the bracket in the AMD socket
  • Thermal paste with spreader
  • Fan mounts
  • User manual

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4.        The Cooler

The cooler consists of 5 Nickled pipes coming out of each side of the Base plate. These pipes carry throughout the fins to the top of the cooler. The shape of the cooler is asymmetric, with one side shaped to avoid the Northbridge cooler, as we shall see later on when the cooler is installed.

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The Base plate is one of the Best finished ive ever seen on a cpu cooler, with an absolutely lustrous and shiny finish, with GlacialTech text embossed on it to a side. A mirror reflection is brilliant to see!

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5.        Installation of the F101

The difficulty installation of the cooler can be different, depending on how u are installing the cooler. If the motherboard is removed from the casing, then its pretty easy, as the backplate has to be placed with the holes aligned, and the motherboard on top of it. The F101 is easy to install then as it only requires the spring attached screws to be installed with ease.

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However, in order to avoid the hassle of reinstalling the motherboard, if the motherboard is still attached to the casing which has a backplate installation area, like our current Coolermaster Gladiator600, it becomes Very hard to keep the back plate aligned and install the screws, while holding the cooler, and can only be done with two people involved. So it is highly recommended to use the earlier method, as we learned the hard way after around 30 minutes of hassle. Once installed, the White fan can be plugged in via very easy to use Fan plugs included in the pack.

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One of the interesting thing about the F101 is that although it is provided with one stock 120mm fan, it has mounting holes for adding another 120mm fan to the otherside of the cooler, thus doubling the airflow through it. This would definitely lower down the temperature levels, especially for overclocked processors.

6.        Testing Setup and Methods

The Test System is as follows:

  • Intel Core2Quad Q9400 2.66GHz (Socket LGA775) Overclocked to 3.30GHz
  • MSI P43 Neo-F
  • EVGA GTX-285 1GB (Stock Clocks)
  • 2x2GB Corsair XMS2 DDR2 RAM
  • Coolermaster Extreme Power 600W PSU
  • Coolermaster Gladiator 600 Casing

Coolers Compared:

  • Coolermaster V8
  • Coolink Corator DS
  • GlacialTech F101 Silent

The testing method consists of two parts. The processor will be run in two modes. At stock clocks and voltages (2.66GHz at 333Mhz FSB, voltage setting Auto), and at Overclocked settings (3.03Ghz at 413MHz FSB, Vcore at 1.272V) Temperatures for both coolers will be measured at Idle conditions and under 100% CPU Load (all 4 cores). Software’s used for Stress testing and stability will be OCCT, version 3.1.0 for duration of 1hr. Temperature monitoring is done using RealTemp.

7.        Sound Levels:

Since this is the F101 Silent model, it was truly named, as the sound levels of the fixed rpm fan were very low as compared to the other coolers. At nearly silent levels, the cooler was very pleasing to the ears, even at full throttle.

8.        Results

As we can see that at stock clocks the competition is neck and neck, with the V8 taking a very minor lead.

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Things become different when the cpu is overclocked, with F101 showing its effectiveness. Falling only behind by a nominal margin, it poses and interesting sitchuation if we add another 120mm fan, that should shave off around 2-3 more degrees of the temperature atleast, thus taking the lead. This is still an assumption, as the cooler was not tested with another fan, but seeing its performance, it isnt very hard to see its capabilities.

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9.        Conclusion:

The G101 stands up to its engineering name, showing good performance to other popular coolers in the market. Its capability to attach another 120mm fan gives it a better chance at giving the other fans a good competition.

Pros:

  1. Light weight ~700gms
  2. Space efficient
  3. Ability to install another 120mm fan

Cons:

  1. Installation is hard if the motherboard remains attached to the casing
  2. Lack of a 4-pin PWM fan (available in F101 PWM only)

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