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Item#: N82E16835226020

SilenX LX-HDSS Aluminum, Steel HDD Silencer

  • 148 x 42 x 200mm
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Brand
SilenX
Model
LX-HDSS

Physical Spec

Material
Aluminum, Steel
Dimensions
148 x 42 x 200mm

Features

Features
Space requirement: One Empty 5.25" Drive Bay
HDD compatibility: Any 3.5" 5400 - 15000 RPM Hard Drive
Rated dBA reduction: 3 - 8 dBA

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  • John S.
  • 6/5/2008 2:07:55 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsQuiet, but hot

Pros: Keeps my 150GB Raptor almost silent. Option for cooling fans (though not really explained).

Cons: Has trouble keeping higher heat drives cool. If I reboot after heavy HDD activity my HDD will not get detected unless I power down the PC for a few minutes. Prior to adding fans, it would randomly lockup due to heat.

Other Thoughts: I've gone as far as lapping the heatsink and sides of the hard drive and using silver thermal grease to try and keep it cooler with no avail. Computer room is kept fairly cool so ambient temperature is not an issue. Waiting on SSDs to get cheaper :-) (also contemplating an Openfiler iSCSI SAN...)

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/13/2008 8:33:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsexcellent and will not kill HDD

Pros: excellent for silencing my 7200 RPM WD drive. the heatsinks keep drive in lower 40's Celcius range. awesome!!

Cons: no cons for me.

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  • Nicholas F.
  • 4/3/2008 7:25:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Product works as described. If your drive is loud, hands down this product is for you.

Cons: I bit pricey for what your actually getting, a few slabs of steel, and sound sound dampening foam.

Other Thoughts: I originally built my PC to be as quiet as possible. I used all ultra quiet Noctua fans (highly recommended), Aerocool power supply “featuring their new 0 dBA Technology”, you get the point. It was perfect besides a last minute decision to get a 10,000 RPM Western Digital Raptor. I went without the SilenX Silencer for about 6 months, and now I don't know how I lived or slept without it. You do still hear the drive spinning up under mid to heavy load, but hardly - the drive could be defragging and you wouldn’t even notice. If your drive is loud, hands down this product is for you.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/28/2008 5:16:46 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsKills noise, but will likely kill your hardrive!

Pros: Fairly cheap way of sound reduction, muffles a really loud raptor hardrive, really reduces the seek/read/write noises to almost silent with case door on

Cons: This thing is dangerous to your hardrive. Using Hard Drive Inspector, my temperatures shot up a whopping 35F with this thing attached. Even after re-seating the hinksink, adjusting the foam and trying to make sure I didn't install it incorrectly, I finally gave up. Simply put, the foam that kills the sound acts like a blanket to trap in heat. If low-noise if a crucial part of your rig, a better bet is to read reviews for quiet hardrives to begin with

Other Thoughts: Only buy this if you can afford to replace the hardrive you are going to wrap it in. The additional heat will reduce the lifespan of your drive quite a bit.

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  • Sayed R.
  • 3/23/2008 10:04:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsCounterproductive

Pros: It really does kill that annoying HDD sound.

Cons: Unfortunately it will eventually kill your HDD all together, not just the sound. My HDD temperature was never under 55c and usually hovered between 60-64c. That is nearly 10 degrees higher than most HDD manufacturers suggested max temperature. I had to install an addictional case fan just to keep the temperature from exceeding 55c.

Other Thoughts: Although the fan + silenced HDD equals less noise than a non silenced HDD by itself, 27$ plus a quiet 120mm fan over 10$ is just not worth a quiet HDD running at the manufacturers max temperature at all times.

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  • Raymond K.
  • 3/4/2008 6:25:06 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsHave a Raptor? Get this!

Pros: I have had this for one hour, and had to write a review! This is a blessing for anyone that owns the infamous noisy as hell Raptor.

Cons: I haven't measured heat, or will even concern myself in doing so, heat sinks are included, and the noise is down to a soothing muffle.

Other Thoughts: The first thing I did was start up a defrag which gets the raptor roaring away in a silent room, the noise is a little quieter than my Zalman 9700led set at 1700rpm. Very very muffled and smooth sounding, not click clank roar anymore. Much better :)
Get one!

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/30/2008 12:34:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsquiet yes, hot though

Pros: Cuts down on hard drive noise big time. You can still hear the drive seeking if you have other quiet components, but barely.

Cons: The noise insulation also acts as thermal insulation, so the drive becomes quite hot. I am a little nervous about the heat's effect on the drive, but it's been running for a week solid with no ill effects so far.

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  • Andy M.
  • 1/26/2008 11:21:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Well

Pros: Muffles hard drive noise well for my Raptor. One of the best on the market for silencing.

Cons: The hard drive runs as much as 13C hotter.

Other Thoughts: Though the temperature increase is still within safe limits from what I've read. I still wanted to make sure I had enough cooling for it. I did not intall mine in the 5.25 drive for that reason. For my Antec p182 case I removed the floppy enclosure and drilled/tapped this in its place right next to the intake fan.

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  • Dana W.
  • 1/25/2008 4:59:26 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWhat a difference a SilenX makes

Pros: Silence is Golden! I bought a WD Raptor and the SilenX in the same order. The Drive arrived and was installed first. I read and knew all the comments about the Raptors noise levels, this prompted me to try something to quiet it down. After running the Raptor for 3 days and thinking I could get used to the disk access sounding like heavy rain hitting a skylight, along came my package with the SilenX. All I can say is "If you have a loud hard drive? - Get the SilenX LX-HDSS". This is awesome.

Cons: I wish I thought of it!

Other Thoughts: Due to the nature of the SilenX design, the long term key to a succesful product will be in the SilenX's ability to keep the drive cool with it's heat sinks. I added an extra fan in my case just because.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/11/2007 7:39:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWow

Pros: Wow!

I was very skeptical about this but my WD Raptor HD is pretty much silent. You still hear little seeking noise but it's barely audible.

Cons: Price?

Other Thoughts: Don't know what the temp is on the HD.
I tried Scythe HD silencer on my WD Raptor with unsatisfactory results.

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