Scythe Silent Box
Written by Michael Larabel in Peripherals on 17 March 2005. Page 2 of 3. Add A Comment

Examination:

After removing a handful of screws, we finally made our way inside the Silent Box. Found inside the silent box were two pieces of foam, the foam had rectangular cut-outs, allowing you to remove specific sections of foam. This is especially useful for conforming to drives that don't meet standard 3.5" hard drive specifications, such as slim Maxtor drives. On the lid of the Silent Box are an aluminum top, rubber lid, and the actual Heatlane. Heatlane technology is very similar to heatpipes but different in the aspect that the Heatlane capillary tube can function properly while horizontal or even top to bottom, surpassing the limitations of a traditional heatpipe.


The Silent Box SBX-1000 basically works by transferring the heat, created from the hard drive spinning, through the gel sheets and onto the Heatlane. Once the heat enters the Heatlane, it is transferred to the rear of the box where a portion of the lane extends from the rear of the box, to allow the heat to dissipate. The noise is dampened by the foam and rubber used inside of the concealed box, used to minimize the vibration caused from the hard drive. Using the Scythe Silent Box also prevents dust from accumulating on the actual drive, which over time can increase the hard drives operating temperature. No fans are needed to cool the Scythe Silent Box.


Installation:

As stated previously, the Scythe SBX-1000 is compatible with all 3.5" hard drives, no matter the height of the drive. For optimal performance, it's recommended the drive spin at 10,000 RPMs or less. Installing any hard drive inside of the Silent Box is quite simple. First, after the Silent Box cover is off, place the 3.5" HDD inside of the box, removing any necessary foam inserts to accommodate for the drive's height, and orienting the drive so the power and data cables can be passed through the small opening at the end of the device.

Next, stretch the gel sheets over the bottom of the hard drive; if necessary use two of the sheets. Make sure the power and data cables are securely fastened to the drive and any jumper configurations are made, followed by sliding the sleeve on the IDE cable back, if you are using a rounded IDE cable, to prevent any interference from the Heatlane coming in contact with the gel sheets. Finally, place the cover back on top of the device and securely fasten the top through the use of the included screws.


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