|Thermalright Silver Arrow CPU Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Thursday, 24 February 2011|
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Closer Look: Silver Arrow Cooler
Thermalright doesn't believe in putting specifications and advertising copy on their boxes. You'll get a plain brown box with the cooler's model name and the CPU sockets it fits, and that's it. This probably explains why I've never seen a Thermalright cooler box sitting on a shelf in a retail store (they may well be there, but they'd be easy to overlook!)
Inside the box, nestled in foam, are the heat sink, two 140mm PWM fans, a Thermalright sticker for your case, installation instructions and a packing list, and a large plastic bag containing the mounting hardware, fan clips, a small wrench, and a tube of thermal compound. Although there are two PWM fans, Thermalright does not supply a "Y"-cable.
The Thermalright Silver Arrow is one of the better-looking CPU coolers you'll see. The four large (8mm diameter) heat pipes have neatly capped ends (unlike most coolers which leave the crimped ends exposed), and the 55 fins on each "tower" of the cooler are perfectly aligned. There are four possible fan mounting positions, although only three fans could be mounted at any one time. Thermalright supplies clips for the two 140mm fans that come with the cooler, and these clips will also secure 120mm fans. The heat sink is completely symmetrical: there is no "front" or "back".
The base of the cooler is polished, although it does not have the perfect mirror finish we've seen lately on other coolers. As expected of a high-end cooler, the base is solid copper with nickel plating as a corrosion protectant.
This side view shows both fans installed. You begin to get a feeling for just how large this cooler is. Although the fans can be set up for a dual-push arrangement, the size of the cooler means that you probably can't do this without blocking several RAM slots in your case. Most users will set the cooler up as I did, with a dual-pull configuration.
Looking at it on the test bench, I'm wondering if it will actually fit in my test system. Let's see in the next section.