While this cooler didn’t have the fancy colors like we have started to see recently from other brands, Silverstone stuck to the basics and kept a simple, elegant design and style that is Silverstone is known for. The brushed aluminum finish, along with the chrome and nickel plating is something to applaud. We did have some concerns with such a massive cooler, because finding the right fitment on your motherboard could be a cause for concern. As we have started to see, many motherboard manufacturers have started releasing some pretty large heatsinks for VRM cooling, which can sometimes pose problems. While we didn’t have any problems with this one on our motherboard, this is something we feel you should keep in mind.
When it came to its “twin tower” design, we are glad that Silverstone chose a unique design rather than following the crowd. The non-interference with the RAM was a big plus in our book. There are very few air coolers available on the market of this size that will allow for that. Its great to see customers having more options with large coolers that have tell heat speader RAM.
As far as performance is concerned, the HEO1 did a great job and kept our overclocked CPU nice and cool even when overclocked to 4.4ghz. It topped out at 67c in Q mode and 64c in P mode. We must admit that P mode was quite loud due to the fan’s RPMs, and the performance gain of 3 degrees celsius is probably not worth the difference. The cooler did quite well in Q Mode. While it’s great to have options, the avg. user will likely set it up in Q mode and leave it.
Priced at $74.99 on Newegg.com is a bit on the high side; however, the quality of the Silverstone HEO1’s fit and finish really makes up for that. It also has great aesthetic appeal and performance, so this cooler earns our Great Hardware Award.