Here's the spec:
Leaving the included fan off, we find quite a tall 'low profile' CPU cooler standing in at 82mm in height as we just discussed. This isn't something we normally come across with coolers of this type as once you add the thickness of the fan on top, it really no longer becomes low profile. Silverstone have played a little trick with this one as the included 120mm fan actually mounts underneath thanks to the included sets of fan clips and mounting options on the side of the cooler. to stay compatible the included fan only measures in at 20mm thick, smaller than you standard 25mm fan. Because of this replacing the stock fan isn't really an option for most people as it's not an easy size to replace. For those however who have a little elbow room to work with, you can always mount your new
Connecting the fins to the heatsink is six 6mm heatpipes measuring around 270mm long. For a low profile cooler the most you ever normally see is 4 heatpipes but I believe the NT6-Pro has 6 just to try and make up for the lack of fin density on the fin stack. The heatpipes connect to the base not as a direct contact design but rather by being sandwhiched between two copper plates.
Located on the top of the base plate are 4 guide rails to help with both mounting the cooler and securing it in the right place with absolutely no give to it. I really did like the overall fit because its got an almost clicky feel to it where you move the bracket and it almost snaps directly into place.
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Aftermarket NF-F12 Fan Temperature Results:
We did not record any of the data we recieved from running the NT06-Pro with two fans because the NF-F12 did not match closely enough with the stock fan to provide any decent results. We actually saw better results temperature wise running the stock fan on it's own unimpeded by the NF-F12. Unfortunately we couldn't run dual NF-F12's either due to size.
However, the NT06-Pro meets a demand for a set optimal cooler height created by SilverStone themselves. At 82mm in height the cooler fits in a long list of SilverStone cases that most other coolers wont fit in and/or if they can won't compare in regards to performance because at this point, size does matter. Some of these cases to name a few are/will be; ML07, ML08, FTZ01, RVZ01, SG01, SG02, SG03, SG04, SG05, SG06, you get the picture.
Performance aside I also feel slightly let down on the build quality. It's not that the cooler is badly built it's just the fins are so flimsy and bend so quickly we actually had the end fins bent slightly straight out of the box, you can see this in the reviews cover photo, top right corner. I know, I get it, the cooler is a hunk of metal designed to do a specialised job but I want to feel impressed, I want it to FEEL powerful, not underwhelming. A tiny little extra thickness to the fins wouldn't go amiss and we've seen plenty of high performance coolers with thicker fins so.
All in all, it is a cooler and for it's compact size and low profile design, it ticks many boxes for me but stiff competition means it wouldn't be in my top list of coolers to choose from if I was building in something vastly different to the afformentioned cases. on the contrary, if I WAS building in a case that fits this cooler but nothing bigger, I don't believe there is a better cooler to use other than the NT06-Pro. It seems to me like the NT06-Pro has definitely followed in the footsteps of previous Nitrogon coolers with it being specifically built for a selection of SilverStone cases and is part of their ongoing support for those of us who love the SFF Mini-ITX style systems. We gave it 70/100 total rating meaning it just barely qualified for our Bronze Award, see our rating dissection below.
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