Thermalright Silver Arrow Dual 14cm Fan Cooler

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Comparison: Dual Fan Coolers

The following is a comparison chart of the top coolers we've tested so far on our LGA1366 heatsink platform. The results were generated using our reference Noctua 140 mm fans as is indicative of CPU cooling performance with dual low airflow/noise fans.

°C rise Comparison (Noctua 14 mm reference fans)
Heatsink
16~17 dBA
14 dBA
12~13 dBA
Thermalright Silver Arrow
(stock fans)
n/a
38
40
Noctua NH-D14
37
39
 
Noctua NH-C14
 
15 dBA
41
39
Thermalright Silver Arrow
39
41
n/a

As an ultra-low noise dual fan cooler, the Silver Arrow comes out on top, just barely edging out the Noctua NH-D14 at the 14 dBA@1m level. The difference is small enough to be ignored for practical purposes. When using Noctua's fans, the Silver Arrow is less efficient. The stock fans seem to be superior, at least when used on the Silver Arrow with its thinner fin stacks and tighter spacing.

Incidentally, though the downblowing NH-C14 uses the same fans as our reference models, there was a 1 dB difference at 6V; this may be due to slight variations in the fan samples or the difference in orientation.

Comparison: Single Fan Coolers

The following is a comparison chart of the top single fan coolers we've tested so far on our LGA1366 heatsink platform. The results were generated using our reference Nexus 120 mm fan as is indicative of CPU cooling performance with a single low airflow/noise fan.

°C rise Comparison
Heatsink
Nexus 120mm fan voltage /
SPL @1m
12V
9V
7V
16 dBA
13 dBA
12 dBA
Thermalright Silver Arrow (stock fans)
n/a
14 dBA
12~13 dBA
38
40
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C
38
40
43
Prolimatech Megahalems
38
41
44
Thermalright Silver Arrow (Noctua 140 mm fans)
16~17 dBA
14 dBA
n/a
39
41
n/a
Noctua NH-U12P
39
42
44
Scythe Mugen-2
39
42
45
Cogage TRUE Spirit 1366
40
42
45
Prolimatech Armageddon
40
42
46
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
40
43
46
Scythe Yasya
41
43
47
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme
40
43
48
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
41
44
48
Thermalright Ultra-120
42
45
49
Titan Fenrir
43
46
50
Scythe Ninja 3
44
47
49
Noctua NH-C12P
43
47
51
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme
43
47
53
Zalman CNPS10X Flex
45
50
54
Cooler Master V8
46
50
54
Scythe Grand Kama Cross
45
52
57
Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2
49
52
58
Scythe Kabuto
51
53
60

The Silver Arrow outperforms all the single fan heatsink we've tested, especially at very low fan speeds.



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