I have always liked the designs of dual tower coolers ever since I first laid eyes on the D-14. Ever since then there has been a massive surge to outdo that exact cooler. A lot of manufacturers brought solutions to the table, and while they may look better, most were equal to it in performance. The Silver Arrow SB-E was the first one like this that I really liked the unique design of, and it wasn't the same old flat box with fans on it. I didn't like the fans they included so much, the coolers were dark and dull, and didn't demand any attention.
The Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme takes the design to a whole new level. Not only do these new colors demand your attention when looking into a PC, they aren't all flash and no go like most other fans. There is no way you are going to hide the noise when delivering 12V to these fans, but the results showing that the 130 CFM of both fans is able to make this the best performing air cooler to date which we have tested here at TweakTown, and that speaks volumes for itself. Aesthetically and mechanically I have nothing to complain about nor was there anything that struck me as odd.
There are some downsides with this cooler, though. It does encroach on the memory, and that may be the one reason where you might need to pass on this cooler. For the devoted extremists out there, heat spreaders have never been an issue, and with the release of all the new low profile memory out there, there is at least ways to rectify this issue.
The other major thing that will keep a lot of the average builders from buying this cooler is the price. I know Thermalright demands top dollar for its coolers, and the near $100 price tag exemplifies this. Considering the coolers near it on the chart, the price is honestly reasonable. At the time I tested the three coolers better or slightly worse, they were all in this range as well. As for the air coolers on that list, not only is this one of the coolest looking CPU coolers I have ever had the pleasure of using, its coolness factor carries right through aesthetics and right into the lead.
In my opinion the Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme, despite the noise, is still worth every penny.
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- Page 1 [Introduction]
- Page 2 [Specifications, Availability and Pricing]
- Page 3 [Packaging]
- Page 4 [Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme CPU Cooler]
- Page 5 [Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme Continued]
- Page 6 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 7 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 8 [Test System and Thermal Results]
- Page 9 [Noise Level Results]
- Page 10 [Final Thoughts]