Tuniq Sanctum Hard Drive Cooler

Posted by on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 4:18pm

overviewTuniq, a leader in CPU cooling has sent us over a HDD cooler that will do both of the above mentioned solutions. Tuniq is showing they are more than CPU cooling. The Sanctum is a full enclosure cooler that intends to cool down that ultra fast hard drive of yours. Thecool thing about the Sanctum is that it is a passive cooler so it wont add to the noise of the hard drive it is trying to cool. But is it enough to warrant paying $22 from Newegg? Lets check it out.

 

Introduction

In today’s world we have cooling for anything inside the PC from processors to chipsets and even ram. So why should the hard drive be left out?It is the one item that holds all of our important data, and its’ worst enemy is heat So cooling the hard drive should be concern number one. One good method of protecting the drive is to have some type of fan blowing cooler air over it. A better way yet is to put it into some sort of enclosure or cooler. This will keep the drive cool as well as deadening the sound that comes from the drive.

Tuniq, a leader in CPU cooling has sent us over a HDD cooler that will do both of the above mentioned solutions. Tuniq is showing they are more than CPU cooling. The Sanctum is a full enclosure cooler that intends to cool down that ultra fast hard drive of yours. Thecool thing about the Sanctum is that it is a passive cooler so it wont add to the noise of the hard drive it is trying to cool. But is it enough to warrant paying $22 from Newegg? Lets check it out.

 

Packing and contents

Packed in a rather simple black box the cooler does come with a lot of extras just to power adapters, a set of screws and two thermal pads.

Specifications

Material

Aluminum Panel / Frame

Color

Black / Silver

Application

5.25” Driver Bay

Compatibility

3.5” IDE or SATA HDD (146 * 101.6 * 25.4 mm)

Dimension

148 * 42 * 208 mm

Features

  • 5.25" bay design
  • Suitable for 3.5 inch IDE / SATA HDD
  • Large aluminum heatsink helps to disperse the heat from HDD
  • High performance thermal pads efficiently transfer the heat to the heat sink
  • Airtight housing design seals the HDD noise in it
  • Electrically insulated thermal pad on the top and bottom side of HDD
  • Suitable for PC, Server and IPC
  • For the best cooling performance, we recommend to use HDDs whose height range is from 23mm to 27mm.

 

Closer look

If you didn’t know what the Sanctum was exactly when first looking at it you would definitely think it was some sort of cooler. The rows of aluminum fins along the top gives it away. There are no lights or LCD panels to worry about looking up. This eliminates fighting with cable management issues. Got to love that. The unit comes in two different colors which are black and silver. The overall length of the housing isn’t too long, about 15cm, making it just a little longer than the drive itself.

As stated the Sanctum is passive and comes with no kind of fans, and all heat is dissipated thru the thick plates of aluminum that make up the unit. No matter the type of drive you may have, SATA, PATA or SCSI, they have you covered. Tuniq does recommend using drives that are between 23 and 27mm thick. The unit fits into a single 5.25 bay so one must make sure to have one available.

There isn’t too much to the inside of the unit. It is insultated with thermal pads that hug the drive pretty tight on all sides.

 

Installation

The first thing we need to do is prep the drive. To do that all we need to do is place the two thermal pads on the top and bottom of the drive. The rest of the installation is simple connecting the SATA or PATA power adapter to the drive. Then make sure the drive is all nice and snug between the insulated pads that outline the cooler. Then slide all the contents into the desired 5.25 bay.

Testing

We were in the middle of duing a review with a case I received from Thermaltake so it was the perfect opportunity to test the Sanctum cooler.

Testing rig specs:

Aerocool Horsepower 1020

CPU : Intel Core2Duo 8400

Motherboard: ASUS P5E3 Deluxe

Video card: EVGA 8800GTX

RAM : 2GB Patriot Viper PC14000

Hard drives :  Seagate 120GB HDD

Optical drives: HP DVD 740

Operating system : Windows XP Professional

We used HDTach to accomplish two things: one to put a load on the hard drive and the other to measure temps of the drive.

Results

I knew the cooler would work from the very beginning but I didn’t think it would do as well as it did. Ambient tempuratures were a modest 22 degree C and the drive at idle was a mere 27C without the cooler. Load temps shot through the roof hitting temperatures of 36C. With the cooler in action we saw the idle drop to 23C and load at an incredible 29C. Remember this is your data we are talking about and every degree counts.

 

Conclusion

The Sanctum does its job and does it really well. When it comes to protecting your drive and more importantly, your data, some type of cooling is recommended. And the Tuniq Sanctum is definitely one of the devices I would recommend. With temperature drops of 7C off of load readings is pretty damn good without any active cooling.

Not only does it protect your data and drive but it also looks good. There is nothing too fancy about the unit,no lights, no LCD displays and no fans. Just a ying yang look design that is very attractive.

Quietness is another advertised feature of Sanctum. One that would be important to anyone wanting peace and quiet. The Sanctum really subdued the noise that came from the Seagate hard drive we were testing it with. I can see the Sanctum right at home in a HTPC.

The Sanctum works well and all but maybe a small low profile fan would add just a bit more cooling to the enclosure.

Thanks Sunbeamtech for sending the Sanctum over to us.

 

 

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