Silverstone Heligon HE01 - Asymetrical Cooling

11/17/2012 1:09:26 AM

Asymetrical cooling

The movie Die Hard was so awesome it spawned a wave of imitators that alt had just one distinguishing difference - Die Hard on a plane, Die Hard on a boat, Die Hard in a nursing home, etc. And so it is in the world of air coolers: We have dozens of skyscraper aluminum coolers with just one standout feature, and on the Silverstone Heligon HE01 the standout feature is its super-thick 14cm fan. It’s so big that Silverstone had to shave off a sliver of the cooler s right appendage to make room for it, giving the cooler an asymmetrical look that resembles a tennis player’s arms.

Description: Description: Silverstone Heligon HE01

Silverstone Heligon HE01

The XXL fan sports a 4-pin plug for PWM functionality, as well as an easily accessible switch labeled "Q-P" for Quiet and Performance modes, but it should be Q-L for Quiet and Loud. The fan blows air through aluminum fins attached to six copper heat pipes that snake into a cop­per base, with the whole shebang plated in snazzy-looking nickel. The heat pipes are not the direct-contact variety like the ones in our favorite cooler, the Cooler Master Hyper 212. It’s a massive cooler at almost 6 inches to a side, and though it does require RAM without tall heat- spreaders, it’s not any larger than the best coolers in its class, including the Phanteks PH-TC14PE (reviewed June 2012) and the Noctua NH-D14 (reviewed April 2012), both of which will also inter­fere with tall RAM.

Description: Description: Silverstone Heligon HE01

Silverstone Heligon HE01

Installation was easy on our LGA2011 test bed and required tightening just two screws with a Phillips-head screwdriver after we hand-tightened the mounting brackets. Installing the Heligon’s giant fan was hella hard, though, since the re­tention clips don’t permanently attach to the fan and kept falling out of their holes.

In testing, the Heligon in quiet mode was just 2 C warmer than its natural com­petitor, the Phanteks PH-TC14PE, and neck-and-neck with the Cooler Master, and in performance mode its benchmark results are top-of-the-charts if you can handle the noise (we couldn’t). For fun we added a second fan to the mix, although we found it to have a negligible benefit.

We also ran it in PWM mode but consid­ered the fan to be too loud under stress.

All in all, the Heligon is a solid pack­age but nothing too groundbreaking, especially for its semi-high price. If the performance mode was quieter, it’d be a must-buy.



Silverstone HEO1 (Perf)

Silverstone HEO1 (Quiet)

Phanteks PH-F140TS

CM Hyper 212 Evo

Ambient Air





Idle Temperature





Burn Temperature





Burn (ambient)





All temperatures m degrees Celsius. Best scores bolded. All tests performed using an Intel Core i7-3960X at 4.2GHz, on an Asus Sabertooth X79 motherboard with 16GB DDR3/1600, in a Thermaltake Level 10 GT with stock fans set to Low.

Pros and cons

Purring: Excellent performance; quiet (in quiet mode); semi-easy install.

Hissing: Finicky retention arms; loud in performance mode; requires low-profile RAM .



Dimensions H x D x W (inches, with fan): 6.2 x 4.6 x 5.5

Weight: 2lbs, 8.5oz

Heat Pipes: 6

Stock Fans: 1x 14cm PWM

Add’l Fan Support: 2 (clip included)



Ratings: 8

Price: $79


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