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Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E CPU Cooler Review

By: Chad Sebring | CPU Air Coolers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: May 3, 2012 7:47 am
TweakTown Rating: 96%Manufacturer: Thermalright

Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E CPU Cooler




Looking into the fin array on the Silver Arrow SB-E makes me want to point out the stepping in the fins at the top and the bottom of the cooler and secondly the decent of each fin from the center to the outer edge of all fifty-three fins in this and the second tower.




From the side you can see angles are in play here as well. While the middle of the fins of both towers is pretty level, the leading and following edges are bent to allow the larger 150mm fan in the middle to do all it can to draw in and force air through every fin in this cooler.




The fin ends are shaped a bit like feathers on the end of an arrow shaft and the longest of those fins have notches cut in the sides to allow for the metal fan clips. The tops of all eight of the heat pipes get capped with these brushed metal caps that have been ground with odd angles on the sides of them.




Just because it was there it made me want to take this picture. Between the towers, on the top of the base plate, is this holographic sticker that contains the serial number of the cooler.




Eight 6mm heat pipes make for a pretty wide base and the outer two pipes don't make contact above the IHS of the CPU. This is why Thermalright uses a copper block with the sintered pipes soldered into it. Then once assembled the entirety of the base and pipes get a nickel plating to fight oxidation.




To give you an idea of how well polished this surface is, you are seeing the reflection of the sticker you are warned to remove before installation. There is a bit of roundness near the edges of the base, but the area covering the CPU was dead level against the edge of my razer.




Before I show the cooler with the fans strapped to it, I had to dig into the hardware box to get the pads. There are eight triangular pads in total and they are to be stuck to the fins for ant-vibration purposes.




With the TY-141 fan strapped to the front of the cooler body, it makes the entire fin array disappear behind it. There is very little left of the fins isn't blocked by the fans frame allowing almost complete coverage and this should deliver great results.




With the TY-141 blowing into the Silver Arrow and the TY-150 working the middle, you can see much better how the fin design works to swallow up all air that passes through and after it's installed, it will draw air from the memory and blow air at the PWM on the motherboard.




This cooler is no slouch when it comes to weight and size in its completed form, but it sure does give you a large attractive cooler to peer in at through the window on your chassis.

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