Cooler Master Cool Drive 6

@ 2004/08/18
Although heat is an issue for many parts of a computer system, the hard drive is something a lot of people do not think about. Everyone knows it generates heat, especially when they began hitting 7200rpm a few years ago, but generally I would imagine most of us just stick it into our hard drive bays without much thought. If you're lucky, perhaps there will be an 80mm fan directed in the general direction of the drive, but that may be it.

Generally, this has always been enough for me. I've never been all that impressed with some drive coolers that resort to a measly 40mm fan, which is why I don't use them. I never bothered with hard drive heatsinks either, as all my cases have large fans that blow air directly over the drives. Granted, this generates more noise than a 40mm fan, and my indifference may seem a bit odd given I'm kind of noise conscious, but an enclosure is going to have to do more than just cool to get my attention.

The Cooler Master Cool Drive 6 we'll be looking at today is what I would classify as being different. At first glance, it looks like any other drive cooler, right down to the LED temperature display. There are a couple other features, but what caught my eye is the ability to monitor the drive's disk space and transfer speed.

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