Scythe Silent Box - Page 3

Written by Patrick Ng    Friday, 15 April 2005 11:00
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Test Setup and Results

Testing Setup:

  • AMD Athlon 64 3000+
  • MSI K8N Neo2 Platinum
  • Western Digital IDE 80GB 7200 RPM
  • Leadtek Geforce FX 5950 Winfast A380 Ultra
  • TTGI SF-450TS 450W Power Supply
  • 2 x 512MB PDC1G3200+XBLK

Just how much sound does the Silent Box reduce? How much heat will be produced in the Silent Box compared to a bare drive? The Silent Box will be tested for noise, since Scythe boasts about the use of two different high quality rubbers to reduce noise. I did not have the proper equipment available to measure the decibels, so there will be no scientific experiments conducted. All fans will be turned off to help reduce factors interfering with the HD noises. Temperatures are a side factor and should be considered when making a decision to purchase this product. Temperatures will be measured with a Compu-Nurse temperature probe attached to the lid of the hard drive. Ambient temperature will be kept at a constant 24.1°C. Heat is generated by copying 20GB worth of data from another hard drive.


As the results show, there was a slight increase in temperature. Better temperature results with the use of a passively-cooled heatlane were unexpected. The noise level dropped significantly. The hum from the HD while it's on was gone and the clicks during HD activity was barely noticeable.