SilverStone Heligon HE02: Monster Fanless CPU Cooler

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SilverStone Heligon HE02: Monster Fanless CPU Cooler

September 21, 2012 by Lawrence Lee

Product
SilverStone Heligon HE02
CPU Cooler
Manufacturer
SilverStone
Street Price
US$70?

Known mostly for their cases, SilverStone has ventured into the cooling market in the past with the NT series, a couple of small, passive models optimized to take advantage of airflow in their horizontal desktop and bread box sized cases. The Heligon series is a broader approach, a line of high performance heatsinks to attack the much coveted enthusiast market. The HE01 uses a dual tower heatsink with a fan in the center but we're looking at the HE02 today, a monstrous cooler designed specifically for fanless operation.


The box.


Package contents.

The HE02 hits both the main criteria for a passive CPU heatsink to be successful. It has large gaps between the fins to minimize impedance in low airflow environments and it has plenty of surface area to dissipate heat into the surrounding air. Its physical dimensions are tremendous, 170 mm across, 130 mm wide, and 160 mm tall with a weight of just under 1 kg. It's also unusually asymmetric so it can better utilize the space between the CPU socket and expansion slots compared to a conventional heatsink. The shape is also weird with 12 corners pointing outward giving it a very distinct look. The HE02 isn't available yet for sale but its rumored to be about US$70.


Accessories.

Those experienced with third party CPU coolers will recognize that the installation gear forms a Prolimatech style mounting system which has been proven to be very effective over the years. Also included are some insulation tape for the backplate, a small tube of thermal interface material, and two sets of wire fan clips in case you'd prefer to use it as a traditional heatsink and fan(s).

SilverStone Heligon HE02: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
Superior silence and performance Silence is defined as a complete lack of noise, it cannot be "superior" to any other silence.
Asymmetric design for optimal positioning on any platform As the CPU socket is located near one edge of the board on most motherboards, an asymmetric design allows it take greater advantage of the available space.
Designed for standard chassis at 160mm tall 160 mm is under the clearance limit of most ATX towers.
For use with CPUs up to 150W+ (fanless-95W) Though it doesn't sound like much, 95W is quite a lot for a completely fanless model.

SilverStone Heligon HE02: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Model No. SST-HE02
Material Copper base, heat pipes with aluminum fins
Color Silver
Application Intel Socket LGA775/1155/1156/1366/2011
AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2
Heat Pipe Type 6mm thick powder heat pipe x 6
Cooling System 1 x 120mm fan (Optional)
CPU TDP Fanless-95W (varies depending on chassis airflow)
Fanless with 120mm fan in case > 900rpm - 150W
1 x 120mm fan – over 150W
Net Weight 990g
Dimensions 170mm(W) x 130mm(D) x 160mm (H)


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