Our first look at the packaging, it looks like Cooler Master has gone with its usual black colored background with a big image of the actual product printed on, accompanied by the reflective fonts for the product name and description to get the end user’s attention – they’ve never failed to do so. At the bottom right of the front of the box, you’ll find 2 little images of the SF-19 V2 with 2 labels of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 where the white little dot indicates that the SF-19 V2 in this box is the USB 3.0 model, which is much preferred nowadays.
At the left side of the cooler, you’ll find the switch to turn on / off the LEDs at the bottom of the cooler, button to adjust the color of the LEDs and a switch to adjust the fan speed.
Having the USB cable dangling just like that can be a pain but here’s what you can do!
USB 3.0 Speed Test
Moving on to the USB 3.0 speed test, what makes the SF-19 V2 special isn’t just the overall design and the Silencio fans, but the built-in USB 3.0 hub as well. We’ve done a series of test by copying a 5GB MKV file from the attached USB 3.0 device to the laptop storage and vice versa. The final result of the test is what you’ll be seeing in the graph below:
The transfer speed does seem to be lower compared to the result where the storage device is attached directly to the laptop USB 3.0 port, but what makes it different here is that the USB keyboard and mouse attached to the USB 3.0 hub didn’t lose its functional at all. We’ve tried doing so with several low-cost USB 3.0 hub and USB keyboard and mouse attached loses its function the moment we started our file transfer due to the lack of power.
Honestly, the SF-19 V2 isn’t really delivering the cooling performance as what we’re expecting for. Still, there are several features of the SF-19 V2 that we believe could possibly explain why the notebook cooler is popular among the few gaming notebooks community – cable management friendly design, adjustable LEDs and the USB 3.0 hub.
Gaming peripherals are definitely something that a gamer will get, regardless of the system they’re using. What the SF-19 V2 offers here is that it allows users to route the excessive cables on the desk through the rubber pads, increase the amount of usable USB 3.0 ports for their daily needs as well as to lit the gaming mood with the fancy LEDs at the bottom of the cooler.
So here’s the question: Is the SF-19 V2 something that is worth paying SGD 179 for? Well, that will depend on whether you’re the kind of user who really need those features. From the point of view as an enthusiast ourselves, the SF-19 V2 is a good piece of tool to have and it’ll definitely be something that is worth getting if the price can be lowered just a little more.
- The aesthetics element
- Cable management feature for tidier desk space
- USB 3.0 hub that is powered by a DC adapter to provide enough power for the hub to actually have all of its USB 3.0 ports functional
- The Silencio fans could do better with more power