Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO

More than once I have spoken in his work on the development of minimalism in the PC industry. This trend is a large number of admirers who are willing to literally “fit inappropriate.” It is worth noting one of the producers SilverStone which has a whole line of very good compact enclosures, for example SUGO series is on the market for a long time. Actually, the main problem is the height of SUGO series CPU cooler which is limited to 100 mm. And the manufacturer has made the cooling system, which ideally should be suitable for use in their own buildings, and as an interesting option for those who collect compact HTPC system. I bring to your attention the review and testing of the CPU cooler design TOP SilverStone NT06-PRO.


The cooling system is supplied in a small cardboard box, which displays a lot of information about the product.

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO

Components of the cooling system is quite large, but on the other hand there is nothing superfluous:

  • Heat Sink
  • Fan
  • Mounting Kit Intel
  • Mounting Kit AMD
  • Anti-vibration pads
  • Two pairs of brackets for the fan
  • Thermal paste in a tube
  • Instruction


Before us is a top radiator design, which consists of six nickel-plated heatpipes C shape. Heat pipes have a diameter of 6 mm.The size of the radiator is 139h140h82mm.

Heat pipes are located on one side of the base, rising up to 40mm apart slightly and move apart at an angle of 90 degrees to the aluminum fins. From the bottom to the inner surface of the radiator just 53mm.

Judging from the photo radiator and the ground surface are not parallel to each other, due to the strong inflection heat pipes and the radiator is not entirely smooth. The design of the radiator 52 has all aluminum plate 47 long and 5 short. The plate thickness of 0.5 mm, and the intercostal distance is ~ 1.8mm, the plate width is ~ 30mm.

Design itself is quite small, but it has not quite modest weight 410g, radiator dissipation area is 3750 cm2.

The design of the radiator there are 5 short edges, this design feature is made to access a screwdriver to the screws of the pressure plate.

Heat pipes are at a distance from each other ~ 13mm.

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO

Pay attention to the signs of the solder joints in the CT and fins. This means that the edges are well and heat welded together.

Based on a sticker, you must uninstall it before installing the cooling system

Six heatpipes soldered at the base between the two plates.

The base has a smooth polishing medium quality, reflected in it rather dull.

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO

Evenness of the base is poor, very sorry, but the base has a hump.

Hump confirms print processor, and if you look closely, you can see that the base has even wavy print. But the lack nip in the area of the crystal is very good.


The radiator is supplied with a single fan, having unusual dimensions 120h120h20mm. The impeller is located nine small blades, as well impeller has a fairly large rotor diameter of 43mm.

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO

On the reverse side there is a sticker on which you can find a model fan HA1220H12SA-Z. The fan is equipped with a PWM control function and operates at a speed in the range of 1000-2200 rev / min, air flow, respectively, at the maximum and minimum speed is 57 ~ 126 m3 / h.

Using fan thinned because the manufacturer suggests that a fan is installed at the bottom of the radiator. And it’s quite an interesting approach that will help make the cooling system is compatible with most HTPC cases.

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO


The installation process SilverStone NT06-PRO is very simple, fasteners pretty easy going. Step by step process for LGA115X displayed in the image below.

After mounting collected is recommended to apply a thin layer of thermal paste, and fix the radiator pressure plate screws c.

The pressure plate is fixed with two screws to them may reach with a screwdriver through the slot.

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO

Then just fix the fan brackets.

Manufacturer involves the installation of the fan from both above and below. Fan is fixed by special brackets for projections on the edges at the ends of the radiator. The width and height of the radiator is quite 139h140mm involves the installation of 140mm fans with circular frame which is provided with a mounting 120mm.

The motherboard ASUS Maximus VI Impact used in the testbed was impossible, a fan from below. The first reason for this was the height of the board power system Impact’a, it is worth remembering that there are some incompatibilities with motherboards when installing the fan underneath.

The second reason was strongly curved radiator and large bend TT, the photos below, you can see how much of this excessive bending reduces the distance from the memory or components on the motherboard to the inside of the radiator. Making it impossible to install a fan at the bottom of the radiator.

Attempts to manually bend led to extreme deformation of plates, and then return to the original state of the radiator.

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO

While I intend to refer to a factory defect, as the company’s products SilverStone, with whom I had the privilege to encounter different is always high quality. Remember, the height of the cooling fan mounted below is just 82mm. And when you install the fan up, height varies smoothly on the thickness of the fan. In the case of the native thickness was 102mm fan.


Test configuration:

  • Processor: Intel Core i7 4770K@3.7 1,15v (HT enabled, Turbo – included);
  • Motherboard: ASUS Impact VI Z87;
  • RAM: Kingston Savage 2h8Gb 1600Mhz;
  • Hard disk: Intel SSD 530 240Gb
  • Power supply: Corsair HXi 760

Intel Core i7-4770K scalped, cover polished, resulting in a general decrease in temperature was 13-16 degrees with respect to the temperature of thermal interface with the factory.

To measure the noise level to use digital sound level meter, a distance of ~ 10 cm, the minimum limit of the measurement noise is 30 dB, the noise level in the room is equal to 30,5-31,5dB given below 33-34dB can be considered absolutely silent, the error may be 1.5 2dB. CPU used for heating utility Linx 0.6.5 for 10 minutes at room temperature of 27 degrees.

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO

Additionally, the cooling fan has been tested in the mode 700ob \ min, its speed was slowed down through the resistor.


Now, it’s the end of the testing cooler SilverStone NT06-PRO, it is possible he will be the salvation of many HTPC systems. With an installed fan below its height is only 82mm, and this size should fit in the vast majority of cases. But not everything is so rosy, some important details are still there: to use the NT06-PRO fan from the bottom you need to on the motherboard were not high radiators power subsystem, and memory. It is also not pleased with the quality of the base, the presence of a hump deprives base full contact with the heat distributor cap processor. Did not like the bent radiator, of course it does not affect performance, just a fact. But do not let the bad news. Cooling fan was quite quiet and productive, he could even speed below the stated conditionally cool down the CPU. In any case will decide the price, and we still wait for the remains of the cooling system in the domestic market.

Review and testing SilverStone NT06-PRO updated: March 22, 2015 author: John Malkovich