Thermalright does a great job on the Silver Arrow SB-E as far as temperatures and sound levels are concerned. I do need to go back and retest a few of the older coolers I have around here, to give a more full look at the temperatures with a few more comparisons on the list. I have the advantage of knowing the results of a few other tower coolers soon to be reviewed and with what I have seen and you soon will see in future reviews, Thermalright is at the top of the coolers in thermal performance.
As for the noise levels, well there isn't much of it to discuss. I really enjoyed the lack of noise from the cooler as I tested with it in my open air configuration. For those using this in a chassis, you will be hard pressed to hear it running.
Overall I liked the look of the cooler in the installed configuration. The green and tan fans on the aluminum fins are different, but still are pleasing to look at. The way the fins are shaped to take advantage of every bit of air flowing out of the fans helps the Silver Arrow deliver those great results and looks good doing it. I liked the Y-adapter for the fans and I liked the combination of 140mm and 150mm fans to cool this dual tower and I loved that they include a set of fan clips for a third fan if you want to drop these results a bit more. In almost every way this cooler is just full of win.
Really nit-picking for issues, as most users will run across this, the encroachment into the memory area will be an issue. I had to take a set of G.Skill Ripjaws I had laying around and peel the heat spreaders to allow me to be able to use the first two slot nearest the cooler without having to raise the front fan un-naturally high on the cooler. As long as you have bare memory or something low-profile, you are not able to use the first slot and using the second slot will make the cooler just look funny, or you have to go with moving the front intake fan to the back of the cooler, if the chassis allows for that.
In the beginning of this review, I compared this cooler to both the Noctua and Phanteks twin-tower coolers. To me this is the best looking of the three options and even before I do the retest, I will venture to say this performs a bit better as well. What is even the best out of the deal, it at the pricing when I reviewed each of the aforementioned coolers, the $86.99 listing at FrozenCPU.com is also cheaper than the previous two coolers.
So in my mind, memory allowing, it makes no sense to ignore the much better looking, more affordable and dare I just say it, the better performing cooler of the group. Once again a big thanks goes to Mark Friga Jr. Without his help I would not be here right now recommending the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E CPU cooler over buying the D-14 or the PH-TC14PE.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 6 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 7 [Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 8 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 9 [Final Thoughts]
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