Product Review (October 2011)
Active Thermal Management
By Kevin Nakano
Keeping your A/V components cool can be challenging, especially when they are placed in cabinets or other confined areas. Running electronics at high temperatures can result in component failure and greatly reduce the operational life and reliability of the electronics. DVRs are notorious for overheating and failing for this very reason and with the internal hard drives, it can make matters even worse. A company called Active Thermal Management (ATM) has several solutions to keep component temperatures under control. We are covering the Cool-Stack I component cooler in this review. The ultra-quiet Cool-Stack I is a 1 RU high rack-mount ventilator designed to mount above the heat producing component, pulling warm air up and out through the front of the rack. This natural upward flow of hot air is aided by four 80mm fans that turn slower than normal and push air out of the eight front vents, resulting in virtually silent operation.
The Cool-Stack I is available in both Intake and Exhaust versions. For larger rack installations two different Cool-Stack I units can work together with the Intake version mounted low in the rack pulling cool air in and blowing it up while the Exhaust version mounted at the top pulls warm air up and blows it out of the cabinet. This push-pull configuration keeps air moving through the cabinet in an efficient manner that results in optimal cooling.
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- Kevin Nakano
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