Today I will be taking a look at the Pax Mate sound absorbent mat from Akasa.
This kit, designed specifically for computer cases, is supposed to lower noise coming from fans, hard drives, and other devices inside your computer. We?ll now move on and take a closer look at the kit.
With this kit you receive two large square mats (400mm x 358mm) shaped to fit to your two side panels.
To fit to your top and bottom case panels, you will get two smaller rectangle mats (400mm x 178mm).
This all comes enclosed in a box with directions printed on the back side.
Installing your Pax Mate is a very simple process, and shouldn?t take you very long at all (took me less then 20 minutes). The box states to basically clean the insides of your panels, removing any dust or anything that would cause the mat to not adhere to the case as well. Then remove the white backing from the mat (See the picture below for example), and stick it to your case.
If necessary (for those of you with smaller cases), you can cut the mat to a smaller size if it is too large for your cases side panels etc.
I have a Delta fan running on my processors heatsink, so I was very excited to test this product out and see if I could notice any difference at all (since I have to usually turn off my machine at night to get any sleep at all). Unfortunately, I did not notice much of a difference. I could see that things were getting a bit quieter, but not enough for me to be able to leave my machine on at night, or enough for me to spend the money to buy this product.
I do believe that this product may be able to shed some light on overall quieter systems (like retail systems or water-cooled systems), but for the hardcore overclocker and case modifier who use very high RPM fans, this product would not be of much help.
Also, there were a couple problems I had with the size of the mat. For some people using larger cases (like an Antec or a full tower), you may find that the mats provided are too small, and that there may not be enough mat to make any difference what so ever.
Overall, I give this product a 7/10. I would have liked to see it perform better, and also include larger sized mats.