Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅18-08-10
Conclusion

Thermalright have done it again! They have brought new life to their dual fin design to create a product that provides class leading performance, low noise levels, an appealing finish and ease of installation. The Silver Arrow represents a complete package to any users looking one of, if not the best, CPU air cooler out there. To sum up, the Silver Arrow competes admirably with its main rival, the Noctua NH-D14. Although at stock speed, it falls slightly behind, the Silver Arrow truly shines under overclocked conditions. As I previously mentioned, straight out of the box, the Silver Arrow is a mere 0.25C behind the NH-D14 but when we start analysing heatsink efficiency, the Silver Arrow comes out as the winner despite its smaller overall surface area (We have to remember that the Noctua was tested with aftermarket Thermalright Chill Factor II thermal paste whereas the Silver Arrow bundles the latest Chill Factor III offering). It goes to show how the product has been engineered to maximise heat transfer and dissipation. Furthermore, the bundled TR TY-140 fans produce excellent results that outperform Noctua\'s highly revered NF-P14. Most impressively however is how the Silver Arrow managed to tame the overclocked i7 passively. Cooling a 4GHz i7 920 at 1.3V is no easy task but the cooler had no issues.


There are many other features that sets the Silver Arrow apart from other products, from the small finishing touched like the heat pipe tops, to more practical ones such as PWM functionality and compatibility with 38mm thick fans. It even comes bundled with the latest Thermalright Chill Factor III. Compared to the Thermalright Venomous X, this cooler comes with the additional AMD installation kit so all users can experience the amazing cooling potential it provides.

There is only one drawback I can find with the Thermalright Silver Arrow and not surprisingly, it\'s to do with its size. The front fan gives little to no clearance for tall memory heat spreaders, unlike with the Noctua NH-D14 where the fan can be moved up to accommodate such issues. Saying that, this problem can easily be resolved by placing the fan at the back of the cooler instead, where it won\'t conflict with other components.

Pros


+ Class leading performance and efficiency
+ Compatible with Intel and AMD sockets
+ Very easy to install
+ Attractive finish
+ Excellent packaging
+ Bundled 140mm fans and Thermalright Chill Factor III
+ Price

Cons


- None

If all that didn\'t convince you to go out and get one, maybe the Vortez Hardware Gold Award will!


I would like to thank Thermalright for providing this exclusive sample. To discuss this article, please visit our forums.


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