Confucius once said, "Silence is the true friend that never betrays." For those enthusiasts that crave silence and noise reduction in their rigs, this quote pretty much hits home. Hardware is not just about performance nowadays. Of course, there are those that spend countless thousands of dollars to achieve pure performance, but inevitably end up with a turbo engine in their home. We humble reviewers at APH Networks, however, tend to balance our performance and sound. Why? You might ask. Well, why not? With technology developing at such a fast rate, performance in hardware is painless to achieve (So long you're willing to spend the money). Silence, however, is unfortunately something much, much more arduous to attain. Recently, a hefty number of products came through our office from a renowned brand by the name of SilenX. And, as the name suggests, it is a manufacturer that focuses on quiet components. Fortunately, silence is not the only article that the brand focuses on. In fact, looking back at the SilenX Effizio EFX-12-15 cooling fans and the SilenX Effizio EFZ-120HA5 CPU heatsink reviewed by my fellow colleagues, it is safe to assume that SilenX has focused on price and performance as well. Today, we will be taking a detailed look at a smaller 80mm CPU cooler, the Effizio EFZ-80HA3. And of course, the question to be answered today is directed towards whether this small cooler -- designed for mITX setups -- can give us solid stable temperatures while living up to its brand name of silence.
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