Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual 14cm Fan Cooler

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The most critical aspect of installation is that the heatsink be securely mounted. A firm mating results in good contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU heatspreader and more efficient heat conduction. Ideally, it should also be a simple procedure to minimize user error.

The same hardware is used for mounting all of Intel's modern sockets, LGA1155, 1156, and 1366. It consists of a backplate, washers, thumbscrews, a square frame, nuts, and a rectangular bar with screws to secure the heatsink to the frame.

For AMD boards, the same method is used as previous Thermalright heatsinks. An "X" shaped frame is slipped over the base and spring-loaded bolts mount the cooler to a backplate. The frame can swivel allowing rotation depending on which direction you want the fans to blow. The only problem with this method is the bolts are positioned directly under the fins making them difficult to tighten.

Mounting frame halfway installed on our LGA1366 test board.

The retention bar is held down with two screws, but if it's still loose, the nut at the center can be tightened using the included wrench. The final mating is very secure.

Fully installed with both fans.

The Silver Arrow appeals to users with high performance systems, but the premium RAM associated with them typically have very tall heatspreaders which can be problematic. The second fan on our install just cleared a bare memory stick by 2 mm (you can move the fan upward to buy yourself another 5 mm).

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