Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual 14cm Fan Cooler

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Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual 14cm Fan Cooler

February 22, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product
Thermalright Silver Arrow
CPU Cooler
Manufacturer
Thermalright
Street Price
US$70~$80

Thermalright has a history of simple, but incredibly effective cooling products. TR's Ultra-120 series of CPU heatsinks is the longest-lived high performance CPU coolers, remaining popular to this day despite virtually no changes over the years. The Silver Arrow shares a similar construction and look as the Ultra-120 line but in a much larger package. Weighing in at 1.2 kg and armed with a pair of 14 cm fans, this monstrosity looks to take on Noctua's flagship NH-D14 heatsink.


The box.


Contents.

While the Silver Arrow retains Thermalright's utilitarian cardboard box design, there is a tiny bit of artwork at the side. Apparently this is as fanciful as Thermalright packages get. Inside, cushioned by foam are the heatsink itself, a pair of 14 cm fans, mounting hardware, and instructions.

The heatsink itself is not really new; it is simply a tweaked version of the apparently discontinued IFX-14 which included a small heatsink to cool the backside of the processor. We never got a chance to test the IFX-14, but the Silver Arrow should be representative of its performance. The Silver Arrow also has an updated mounting system and two fans are provided at no extra cost. It has four 8 mm thick heatpipes compared to the 6 x 6 mm heatpipes on the Noctua NH-D14. Its fin stacks are not as deep, but there are more fins and they are packed tighter.


Mounting hardware.

The last Thermalright heatsink we reviewed, the Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C, featured a Prolimatech/Noctua style mounting scheme for Intel motherboards. The Silver Arrow has slightly tweaked hardware with thumbscrews and nuts to make it easier and faster to install. Also instead of long fan damping strips, black triangular adhesive pads are used to cushion the corners of the fans.

Thermalright Silver Arrow: Key Features
(from the product web page)
Feature & Brief
Our Comment
4 X 8mm large sintered heat-pipes efficiently remove excessive heat away from the CPU, allowing for great Overclocking potential. Larger than the 6 mm thick pipes used in most high performance heatsinks.
Nickel Plated Base and Heatpipes, increase the longevity of the heatsink by slowing oxidation and deterioration rates… maintained performance over time. All Thermalright heatsinks are nickel-plated to prevent rust.
Double fin stack design, provides each tower with an impressive 147 x 103mm of surface area for heat dissipation The Silver Arrow looks like a pair of smaller heatsinks fused into one.
Special Arrow fin design, which allows cool air to pass through while rapidly moving heat away and maintaining a quiet operating volume . A variation of their "bent winglet design" introduced by their Ultra series heatsinks.
Soldered Copper Base, ensure the highest of Thermal conduction. Standard.
Support for Multiple-Platforms: Intel Socket 1366/1156/775 & AM2/AM3. Good.
Includes Two TY Series Ultra Low noise 160*140*25mm PWM controlled fan. Okay.

Thermalright Silver Arrow: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Cooler Dimension: Length 147mm x Width 123mm x Height 160mm
Cooler weight: 825 g (excluding BTK and Fan)
Heat-pipe: 8mm Sintered Heatpipe*4 units
Cooler Base Material: C1100 Pure Copper with Nickel Plating.
Fan Dimension: Length 160mm x Width 26.5mm x Height 140mm
Fan Speed: 900~1300 RPM (PWM)
Fan noise level: 19dBA
Fan Airflow: 69CFM


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