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Arctic Cooling Silentium T11 Case and HC01-TC HDD Cooler Review

When the T11 arrived in our offices, we were very surprised at how compact and light the box was considering the case is constructed from steel.  The box itself isn’t very fancy, consisting of brown cardboard with some product information and pictures printed in black.  The included bundle is far from plentiful, consisting only of a selection of screws and cable ties alongside a case speaker.  We say a ‘selection’ of screws because, for some reason, Arctic don’t include all the screws you need to put together the system.  They provide screws for the motherboard and drives but nothing for the expansion slots or PSU.


The HC01-TC is supplied in a clear plastic packet that is very similar to those we’ve seen protecting Arctic’s CPU coolers in the past.  This should provide some protection for the cooler inside and shows it off well.  The bundle included is also on the small side, consisting of some screws to secure the unit, a spare foam pad and an Arctic Cooling sticker.

The cooler itself is simple in design, consisting of an optical drive sized metal case with a 40mm fan on the back.  This sucks cool air through the front of the cooler, over the hard drive and out into the case.  Inside, the hard drive sits on foam pads to ensure any vibrations are kept to a minimum.  The fan is temperature controlled by a sensor which must be stuck to the hard drive.

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