Silverstone Nitrogon NT06 Lite - The One With Its Screws Loose
Silverstone's Nitrogon NT06 Lite failed the test since the knurled nuts for mounting the cooler lie 2.5 cm directly under the cooler. Since the knurled nuts are very difficult to reach due to surrounding coolers and components, fastening them is extremely cumbersome, and requires dexterous hands.
Silverstone Nitrogon NT06 Lite
Mounting the cooler is impossible while the motherboard is installed in the case, since the cooler's backplate is attached directly to the cooler using Phillips head screws, without a spacer. Thus, the board also needs to be removed every time you upgrade your CPU in order to fasten the screws on the back of the motherboard, since there is no other way to install the cooler.
That's not all, though - it gets worse. Unbelievably, the screws holding the black metal frame in place fell out of the cooler. Closer inspection revealed that the screws were actually too small, and had been screwed into the cooling fins without a screw thread.
No threads for the screws
Obviously there can be only one outcome here - this cooler fails our test.
The Nitrogon NT06 Lite ships without a cooler. Silverstone included their recommended fan for this cooler, their own FN122, with the review sample. In most cases, this fan will need to set to run at its highest speed of 760 RPM, since some motherboards will not be able to detect lower fan speeds and will refuse to start. At full speed, the fan is inaudible inside the case and can cool the quad-core processor to 76°C - not exactly an outstanding achievement.
For this model, the orientation inside the case is very important - it is no longer able to cool the quad-core processor if it is rotated by 90°. The cooler is oriented correctly when the heatpipes are arranged vertically.
The cooler costs $54, while the fan adds another $12 to the bottom line. We strongly advise against buying this model.
|Noise||39.3 dB(A)||39.3 dB(A)|
|Fan Speed||760 RPM||760 RPM|
Installation with reduced cooling performance