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Reviewed by: Carl Nelson [04.03.02]
Manufactured by: Thermaltake
Price: $TBA (Est ~$20)

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The Hardcano 2 came with a one page illustrated manual that I found very hard to read.  I found it easier just to take the drive rails and a hard drive, and play around with them until everything fit together.  Also included is all the hardware you need for installation, including more screws than you can shake your driver at.  Thermaltake thoughtfully included a 3-pin to 4-pin molex adapter, and two pieces of dual sided tape.

The flat thermistors came on the end of a pair of very thin wires, allowing it to be installed under the CPU.  Thermaltake suggests that you actually place the wires between the pins on the bottom of the CPU! I strongly advise against this, because in doing this, you're running a pretty big risk of an improper CPU installation, and could possibly damage the CPU.  Besides, it's a proven fact that for the most accurate CPU temperature readings, you should have your thermistor placed on TOP of the CPU, as close to the slug as possible.  Here's a picture from a previous article to show what I mean:

Just make sure the heatsink still makes proper contact with the CPU slug, okay? You shouldn't have a problem with the flat thermistors included with the Hardcano 2.  People who use shims will be SOL, though, and will probably be forced to go under the CPU anyway.  But if you're paranoid enough to use a shim, you're probably way to paranoid to even think about doing this :)

Once you have the hard drive installed properly, you're ready to install it in a free 5.25" drive bay.  The Hardcano 2 only comes in aluminum trim, which is a pretty good idea, since aluminum on beige looks a hell of a lot better than beige on aluminum, as you can see here:

I personally think it looks pretty ugly, but that's my own opinion... The way it has the 'swoosh' shape almost makes me think that Tt intended for this to be installed on a particular OEM case (I'm sure you've seen it, it's the $30 case that almost everyone uses for their cheapo systems).

The fan uses a 3-pin molex connector, and includes a yellow RPM wire.  Thermaltake had the foresight to include a 3-pin to 4-pin adapter for those without a spare 3 pin connector on their board.  Good thing too, because even if you do have a spare connector, it better be in the top right quarter of the motherboard, because the line simply isn't long enough to make it to the bottom of the board (where most fan connectors actually are).

So now we know that it makes room for another drive, and it does a great job of letting you monitor temperatures of various parts inside the system.  I am dying to know if this thing actually makes a difference in HDD temperature!

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