SilverStone Argon AR02 CPU Cooler

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For the most part, everything we like about the SilverStone Argon AR01 and AR03 applies to the smaller AR02. For its height, its cooling capabilities are impressive, top notch for a 92 mm fan heatsink. Once again, the Argon mounting system is incredibly secure, applying a great deal of pressure on the CPU heatspreader, something most direct-touch models lack, to their detriment. The only fault is its fan, which has a harsher sound than its 120 mm contemporary, and the heatpipes, which would probably work better if positioned more tightly together in the base.

However, if size isn't a concern, the AR02 is outclassed by a number of larger 120 mm fan models. One of its big brothers, the AR01, is a substantially better performer, but it is bigger and sells for $7 (25%) more. At the other end of the spectrum, the AR02 is at a disadvantage to the Noctua NH-L12, the Scythe Shuriken 2, and the like, as they offer better compatibility with smaller cases.

The AR02 is not a monster high-end heatsink nor is it a tiny low profile stock cooler replacement — it falls somewhere in the middle. It's a compromise cooling solution, an in-betweener built to work within a certain set of limitations that apply to smaller cases on the market. It is well-suited for its purpose and well priced.

Our thanks to SilverStone for the Argon AR02 CPU cooler sample.

SilverStone Argon AR02 is Recommended by SPCR

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SPCR Articles of Related Interest:

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SilverStone Argon AR01 & AR03 CPU Coolers
Noctua NH-U12S Slim Tower Heatsink
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Phanteks PH-TC12DX CPU Cooler
Phanteks PH-TC90LS Mini Cooler

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