Lord Kryo - Part 2: 24 CPU Coolers in Review

Noise Level: Silverado In Whisper Mode

The Silverado defeats the competition: Sensationally quiet at 38 dB(A).

In the previous test , the cheap no-name standard fan was the quietest candidate, but this time, the newcomers have changed the rankings. The spectacular performance from Noise Control's Silverado puts it in the limelight: its innovative design and encapsulated construction make it seem virtually silent when running. In fact, you have to look at the fans on the sides to determine if the cooler is actually in operation.

A background noise level of 38 dB(A) is exceptional, considering that the majority of participants tested at almost 50 dB(A). However, there is also a leader in this group for the loudest among the coolers: The Swiftech MC462 produces a noise level of 63 dB(A), thus violating the current regulations on health and safety in the workplace. Using an appropriate case reduces the high noise level only slightly.

According to our measurements on a test PC, the level hardly falls below 55 dB(A). As a result, it cannot be installed in any PC for the workplace. Generally, the perception of noise level is always a subjective one, but even so, levels above 50 dB(A) are always disturbing, no matter what frequency spectrum causes this noise level. Noise levels below 45 dB(A) are, depending on the frequency, generally perceived by most people as pleasant, or at least less disturbing.

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