Stock cooling solutions seldom satisfy an advanced PC user, even if the system is not intended for heavy workloads or overclocked. While stock coolers are perfectly adequate for their intended purpose, often they simply are too loud or the user is uncomfortable with the operating temperature of the system. On the other hand, as fancy as huge air coolers and liquid cooling solutions may be, it is an indisputable truth that the bulk of the market consists of users that are driven by a limited budget, and thus seeking cost-effective, practical solutions.

In today’s review, we are taking a look at the Fera 5 tower CPU cooler from SilentiumPC. SilentiumPC is a Polish company that was founded in 2007, modestly marketing just a few case fans at the time. The company grew significantly over the past decade and now they have a noteworthy range of PC cooling and power products, which allowed them to establish a significant presence in the European and UK markets.

SilentiumPC's main focus is to design and produce products with a very good price-to-performance ratio – which is to say, budget products for the mainstream market. They do have a few high-end designs, but the company is much more strongly focused on the high-volume (and highly competitive) mainstream market. The Fera 5 CPU cooler that we are putting to the test in this review embodies the company’s ideals, with SilentiumPC listing great features for a cooler that sells for around €30.

Packaging & Bundle

We received the Fera 5 CPU cooler inside a simple cardboard box with limited artwork on it. Its walls are thin and flimsy but the cooler is very lightweight, so it should provide adequate shipping protection. A picture of the cooler itself decorates the front side of the box. Plenty of information regarding the cooler is printed on all sides of the box.

As expected from a product of this price range, the company supplies only the fundamental parts required to mount and operate the cooler. Inside the box, we found only the mounting hardware, a syringe with plenty of thermal grease for multiple applications, and illustrated mounting instructions.

The SilentiumPC Fera 5 CPU Cooler

The SilentiumPC Fera 5 is a standard single tower cooler, with four copper heatpipes transferring the thermal energy from the tiny base to the aluminum fin array. It is 155 mm (6.1-inches) tall, requiring at least a standard ATX case to fit. The design of the Fera 5 is rather straightforward, with the plastic top cover being virtually the only highlight that makes it stand out from the crowd.

Close inspection of the cooler’s fins reveals a saw tooth edge. This is a common practice for designers nowadays as it is a proven method to slightly reduce noise. The fins are pressed on the heatpipes and feel a little flimsy, but we find the mechanical strength of the cooler to be adequate overall. Airflow directions are engraved on the plastic cover of the cooler.

Flipping the cooler upside-down reveals the direct contact heatpipe design. This means that the heatpipes come in direct contact with the CPU shim and the aluminum part of the base exists only for the mechanical cohesion of the construct. The 6 mm heatpipes are not plated and surface corrosion may darken them over time.

The contact surface is not machined down to a perfect mirror finish but it is very smooth and flat. What is important to note, however, is that the contact surface is very small – a mere 27 mm long and wide. That is smaller than the vast majority of CPU heatspeaders, but we can declare it borderline acceptable for socket 11xx/12xx and AM4 processors, as the dies are entirely within a 27mm x 27 mm area. Meanwhile LGA 1700 is a bit trickier; the chip package is bigger, but the current Alder Lake silicon is only ~20.5 mm in its longest direction, so it fits within the bounds of the Fera 5. Past that, while it's difficult to imagine Intel making a 27 mm tall consumer die, there's certainly space in LGA 1700 to do so.

Ultimately, the Fera 5's base is big enough for all current consumer CPUs. But we would not recommend trying to fit the cooler on a CPU with a larger die than that.

SilentiumPC includes a single Fluctus 120 PWM fan with the Fera 5, or two identical fans with the dual fan version. It is a Fluid-Dynamic Bearing (FDB) engine fan of very good quality, with its blades modified so as to minimize turbulence noise. The company claims that this is a high-pressure fan, designed for highly restrictive applications. They do not release actual test figures but the multi-blade design of the fan suggests that this is a product balanced between airflow and pressure, not designed for maximum static pressure.

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  • necroperversor - Thursday, May 19, 2022 - link

    SPC released Fortis 5 dual (tier more, than Fera 5 daul) for like 205zł = 47$ = 44 €, I will post graph with comparison of NH-U12S, Fera 5, Fortis 5 and few more. Fera and Fortis are better than U12S, with price 26€ less, but it is price in Poland, I don't now why on amazon.pl/amazon.de the Fortis 5 dual cost 73€, yes it's still quiter. https://youtu.be/f7IBV8LEeOc?t=203 (3:48 for noise test) Reply
  • Wereweeb - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - link

    Why bother? Provided it's good enough, why pay more than necessary?

    A lot of people can barely afford to buy non-superfluous components such as a non-stock CPU cooler. And while I'd also rather go for the best if I'm already going out of my way to buy a new cooler, I can see why a lot of people just want a quieter or cooler system and won't gain much from going for *the best*.
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  • Meta22 - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - link

    But is it really $20? Here in my country (a south american one) I can get a ID-COOLING SE-224-XT Basic for the equivalent of US$ 28 while a Noctua U12S Redux (no, not the "full-fat" version) goes for $100. So: 98-99% of the Noctua's cooling performance for 28% of the price. And the noise is actually reasonable considering the only part of my PC noisy enough to bother me is my GPU (should've known better than to buy a card from the line named WINDFORCE, heh). Heck, I could replace the Basic's fan with a Noctua NF-P12 Redux ($26 here) and get higher performance at the same noise level compared to the U12S Reply
  • Meta22 - Tuesday, May 17, 2022 - link

    Whoops, I accidentally posted before I finished typing. Anyways, what I meant was that even in places where you can get all brands at MSRP the options for budget buyers are often very good and worth buying. I imagine there's more countries like mine where Noctua prices are horribly inflated for whatever reason, too. Reply
  • Mgz - Wednesday, May 18, 2022 - link

    I would second the ID-COOLING SE-224-XT option, in my case a South East Asia country so price is even cheaper, around 20$.

    Also my case is NR200 which the SE-224 fits well.
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  • necroperversor - Thursday, May 19, 2022 - link

    Hey, I'm from Poland, so do a company and I want to clarify a few things. Firstly, yes it is really 20$, to be precise Fera 5 Dual Fan cost in poland 150zł = 34$ (VAT included, shipping in country free), and for a single fan version you have to pay 105zł = 24$. For example, I bought dual fan version on not so black friday (polish shops with electronics tends to rise prices in october to lower them in november), but I did manage to buy it for lowest ever price I belive of 80zł = 18.5$. I think it's awesome cooler. with Ryzen 5 1600 on 3.8 Ghz and 1.237V temps in idle 31 C and on 100% load after 3h it's 55 C. Additional I have 3 Fluctus fans (that wierd one, cutted in the fan) in my Phanteks case and it's so quiet. I'm just sad that in the test there is no Spartan 5 or Fortis 5. Spartan low tier, Fera low-medium, Fortis medium, and I bet they will present Grandis 5 (high-tier) to the end of year. On fall I'm putting new pc with ryzen 5 7th and there will be Grandis 5 dual on top of him What is the best deal out of that, is that they all coolers and fans have 6 years warranty. For the intrested I'm posting video (sorry but only in polsih) with graph for Fera 5 and Fortis 5 from series 5. https://youtu.be/f7IBV8LEeOc?t=200 Reply
  • Meta22 - Friday, May 20, 2022 - link

    Oh, I was not questioning the pricing on the SilentiumPC coolers, just pointing out to that user that the price difference with Noctuas might not necessarily be $20 everywhere. I think Silentium coolers are very good and fairly priced considering all reviews I've seen, though unfortunately they are not sold over here in my country. And that was a good deal you got, my country is very much like yours with regards to not-so-black-friday (oh, you unscrupulous merchants). Reply
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