SilenX Ixtrema 80 & 120 Quiet Fans


Temperature Testing

For this part of the review I'm going to compare the Ixtrema 120mm fan against the stock case fan included with my Silverstone TJ05 case. Unfortunately I don't have any specs for the stock fan, but this should give you a good idea of what temperature differences you will see by replacing your stock case fans.

Temperatures for the Ixtrema 80mm fan will be compared with the fan both enabled and disabled on the G.Skill RAM.

All readings were taken after 1hr of prime95 with room temperature maintained at 21oc.

80mm Temps

Without doubt the Ixtrema 80mm fan reduced the temperature of my RAM significantly. What's more impressive is that it did it without adding any noticeable noise to my machine.

120mm Results

Results from the Ixtrema 120mm were equally as impressive - cooling my internal case temperature a further 3.1°C over the stock Silverstone case fan.

Noise Testing

At present Overclock3D doesn't have the correct equipment to reproduce accurate stats on the dBA output, so for the moment you will have to rely on my ear :)

SilenX certainly live up to their name in this department. Both the 80mm and 120mm Ixtrema's were so silent I was hardly able to ear them running at 30cm away. Only with my ear pushed up close to the fans could i hear the whisper of air being pushed out of the fan. I would estimate that the dBA of the fans to be a little higher than the 14dBA as rated by SilenX - but only by a small margin.

I have no reservations in recommending these fans to people who are looking for silent HTPC solutions, or for those people who simply want a quiet fan to sit atop their heatsink.
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