About one year ago I tested Scythe first hard drive cooler/silencer called the Silent BOX SBX-1000
, it used a Heatlane to transport heat from the hard drive to the outer aluminum box, while this proved to be successful performance wise, it drove up cost and made the product quite expensive, especially when you plan to use multiple of these.
Scythe went back to the drawing board to see how they could reduce costs without reducing cooling ability or noise absorption. The Quiet Drive is the fruit of their labor and it seems they have pulled it off. Where the Silent Box retailed for ~€50, the Quiet Drive can be had for €30, which is more acceptable.
Did the price reduction cause a decrease in product quality? Luckily not, the major cost of the Silent Box was the Heatlane, which has been removed from the Quiet Drive design, instead we’re greeted by a separate aluminum box-in-a-box which helps transfer heat from the hard drive to the outer chassis.
describes step by step on how to get your hard disk inside, after a few minutes of screwing around (literally) the Quiet Drive is ready to be inserted into a spare 5.25” bay.