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CoolerMaster Cooldrive 3



Cooler Master has introduced a grand new product, and we got one! Let's have a closer look at the Cooldrive 3 from Cooler Master!


Introduction
Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry's best thermal solutions. Since its establishment a decade ago, the company has remained faithful to this mission, emerging as a world leader in products and services for companies dealing with devices where heat issues must be resolved. Today we're going to take a look at the Cooldrive3, a HDD Cooler that seems to be silent, and seems to be reducing the surface temperature of your HDD. Let's check if that's true !


What do you get ?

So, what do you get when you buy the Cooldrive3? Well, all packed in a very nice box, you get a Heat Sink chamber, a Hard Drive dock, 4 white coloured screws and 8 black coloured screws. It all takes about 1kg, and the installation guide is in 9 languages. On the bottom of the hard drive dock you see a light pink coloured piece of thermal tape. This helps to improve the heat transfer between your HDD and the Cooldrive3 and also helps reducing vibration noise from your HDD.



Installation
Let's check how to do the installation now. It seems to be very easy, let's check if that's true.
First you carefully flip your hard drive upside down, than flip the dock and line up the four holes, and secure them with the 4 white screws. It seems to be easy, but you first have to stick the screws trough a large round hole before you can tether them good. If you can't get the screw at his place the first time, the screw drops on your hard drive. But for the rest, no hard problems with this first step of installing.
The second step: Also flip the Heat Sink Chamber upside down, secure the Hard Drive Dock onto the Chamber using 4 black screws. The same problem in here, you have to stuck the screws to a large hole before you can tether them good.
The thirth step: Connect a Molex connector from your PSU to the Molex cable of the Cooldrive 3. No problems here, you must be a very dumb guy if you cannot connect the power plug ;-) .
The fourth and last step: Insert the Cooldrive3 into an empty 5.25" bay, secure it with the remaining 4 black screws. Do not forget to connect the IDE or SCSI cable and the power connector from the power supply to your HDD. No hard problems in here, just a very dumb guy cannot do it.


Features, Specifications
Features
  • 2 blue neon LEDs at the front panel; best choice for showcase.
  • Reduce hard drive surface temperature.
  • Suitable for any brand name hard drive.
  • Fits any 5.25" drive bay.
  • Supports both IDE & & SCSI standard.
  • Reduce hard drive noise.
  • Removable front panel & filter for easy cleaning

    Specifications
  • Inner Fan: 40 x 40 x 20(mm)
  • Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Rated Speed: 4500 RPM
  • Air Flow: 9.21 CFM
  • Noise Level: 29 dB(A)


    Closer Look
    When we take a closer look at the Cooldrive 3 you can see there's a small fan, a filter, and a Molex connector. You can remove the front panel, and clean the filter. The 2 blue LEDs gives a nice look to the front of your chassis but they're a little bit too bright when you look right in front of them. You're hoping that it reduces the noise, and that it reduces the surface temperature of your HDD ( see later in the review) . The installation guide is very clear, with 3 Asian languages, German, English, Spanish, France, Italian and Portuguese.
    This is the way to clean the filter :
  • Remove front panel by pulling the contoured edges ( shown at the picture on the installation guide )
  • Separate the filter from the rear side of the panel
  • Use moist cloth the clean filter. DO NOT USE COMPRESSED AIR
  • Reverse steps to restore front panel.
    When I cleaned the filter I got the follow remarks. It's not easy to remove the front panel, you can easily cut your finger. The other steps were easy, but when you restore the front panel you have to push hard to get it on his place. Another good thing is that I really helps removing dust. After 3 days my filter was full of dust.


    Testing
    Now it's time to do some testing stuff ;-) .
    After the installation (remarks in Installation topic ), I started my PC. I checked if the noise really was lower. And yes it was! Almost half of the noise I normally got was removed. The 2 LEDs shined lovely in the front.
    Here you can see the differences I noticed with the Cooldrive3, the overall case temperature was barely lowered however. It's a very good product of Coolermaster, with a nice Cooldrive3 logo in the middle of the front panel.



    Conclusion
    Cooler Master surprises us again with the Cooldrive3. All packed in a nice box, the Cooldrive 3 reduces the hard drive noise and the surface temperature of your HDD. With 2 blue LEDs on the front panel, it also looks very cool. You can clean the filter, just make sure you don't cut your finger with removing the front panel like I accidentely did. The installation is simple, but a bit too hard to get the screws to the right place. The Cooldrive3 fits any 5.25" drive bay and supporters both IDE & SCSI standard. It's also suitable for ANY brand name hard drive! You won't regretted it if you buy a Cooldrive3!!


    Pro's
  • Reduces hard drive temperature
  • Reduces hard drive noise
  • 2 blue LED's on the front panel
  • You can clean the filter
  • Great filter
  • Simple installation
  • Suitable for ANY brand name hard drive
  • Supportes both IDE & SCSI standard

    Cons
  • Hard to get the screws to right place.
  • You can cut your finger with removing the front panel
  • The blue LEDs are too bright


    The Cooldrive 3 from Coolermaster receives a 9/10 from DVHardware.net!!


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    Added: April 7th 2003
    Reviewer: LORDrazer
    Score: 9/10
    Related Link: CoolerMaster



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