Even though both coolers take different design approaches to accomplishing the same task, their results were very similar. More important, they both do exactly what they advertise. There are some issues in operation—eliminating the temperature variance would improve their performance overall. They might redesign the coolers to force a little more air over the bottom. It seems that only a good case can provide the air flow required to minimize this variation.
- Work as advertised
- Easy to install
- Various styles to fit your needs
- Fan noise very low
- Fans on both units reversible
- Temperature variation
- No easy way to disable the LEDs on KuFormula SHF-1
Either of these HDD coolers can be recommended for systems with limited airflow—they both work exceedingly well at reducing HDD temperatures.
In terms of choosing between them, each drive cooler has advantages and disadvantages.
|Feature||Vigor iSurf II Hard Disk Drive Cooling System||Masscool Sytrin KuFormula SHF-1|
|Cooling||trails the Masscool by a hair||slightly more effective|
|Size||25 mm smaller than competition||won’t fit some cases|
|Ease of install||exceedingly simple||slightly more involved, but still easy|
|Customization||Can disable LED||Face plates and extras for differentiation|
In the end, this face-off comes down to personal choice.