SilverStone Argon AR01 & AR03 CPU Coolers

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HEATSINK COMPARISON TABLE

CPU Coolers (with single ref. 120mm fan):
°C Rise Comparison
Heatsink
Fan voltage / SPL @1m*
12V
9V
7V
15~18 dBA
12~14 dBA
11~12 dBA
Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C
38
40
43
Thermalright Venomous X
38
41
43
Prolimatech Megahalems
38
41
44
SilverStone Argon AR03
38
41
45
Noctua NH-U12P
39
42
44
Scythe Mugen-2
39
42
45
Phanteks PH-TC12DX
40
42
45
Cogage TRUE Spirit 1366
40
42
45
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
40
43
46
SilverStone Argon AR01
41
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
Enermax ETS-T40
44
46
50
Noctua NH-C12P
43
47
51
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme
43
47
53
Swiftech Polaris 120
46
49
54
GELID GX-7 Rev.2
47
50
52
Zalman CNPS10X Flex
45
50
54
be quiet! Dark Rock 2
48
50
52
Cooler Master V8
46
50
54
GELID Tranquillo Rev.2
48
50
53
Reeven Kelveros
47
51
55
Antec Kühler H20 620
(pump at 7V)
52
52
53
Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2
49
52
58
*Note: there are minor differences in measured SPL due to the variety of fan orientations and mounting methods offered by the compared coolers.

Armed with our reference fan, the AR03 is a premier cooler, only one rung below the Prolimatech Megahalems. The AR01 is not far behind, settling in a position with the company of such quality coolers as the Zalman CNPS10X Quiet and Cogage TRUE Spirit.

CPU Coolers (with single 120~150 mm or dual 92~120 mm stock fans):
°C Rise Comparison
SPL (dBA@1m)
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
11
Thermalright HR-02 Macho
 
39
     
40
41
 
43
 
Scythe Yasya
   
40
       
43
   
Cogage TRUE Spirit 1366
     
41
 
43
 
46
 
Zalman CNPS10X Quiet
40
       
42
 
47
 
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus
   
41
       
44
54
 
Silverstone Argon AR03
   
43
         
48
Phanteks PH-TC12DX
(dual fans)
       
44
         
Scythe Ninja 3
   
44
       
46
   
SilverStone Argon AR01
   
44
         
50
Phanteks PH-TC12DX
(single fan)
   
44
     
47
     
Titan Fenrir
   
45
 
47
     
Antec Kühler H20 620
(pump at 7V)
 
44
 
47
         
Cooler Master Seidon 240M (dual fans, pump at 7V)
 
40
 
43
   
53
     
Zalman CNPS9900 MAX
45
     
47
 
49
     
Cooler Master V8
 
46
     
49
 
56
 
GELID Tranquillo Rev.2
 
48
 
49
   
50
     
bequiet! Dark Rock 2
 
48
     
52
 
55
61
 
Zalman CNPS9900DF
48
   
50
   
53
     
Reeven Kelveros
       
51
     
58
GELID GX-7 Rev.2
     
51
     
56
   
Swiftech Polaris 120
         
54
 
59
 
Intel Core i7-980X Stock Cooler
         
53
   
62
 
Enermax ETS-T40
49
         
55
 
64
AC Freezer Xtreme Rev.2
     
55
     
62
 

If you're looking for good efficiency right out of the box with stock fans, the AR01/AR03 are roughly on par with the Hyper 212 Plus.

MP3 SOUND RECORDINGS

These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.

These recordings are intended to give you an idea of how the product sounds in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative loudness of the subject. Be aware that very quiet subjects may not be audible — if we couldn't hear it from one meter, chances are we couldn't record it either!

The recording starts with 5 second segments of room ambiance, then the fan at various levels. For the most realistic results, set the volume so that the starting ambient level is just barely audible, then don't change the volume setting again.



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