I recall the previous best in class low airflow cooler for noise oriented enthusiasts, was the Thermalright HR-01 Plus, as reported by SPCR.
I don't mind not including in the recommendations if it was merely 3rd or worse.
Not sure what you're referring to. The HR01 is still at the top of our recommended heatsinks list: http://www.silentpcreview.com/Recommended_Heatsinks
Many people could interpret the 2010 article's "Final Thoughts & Rankings
" where the top 8 heatsinks are listed, as SPCR's updated heatsink recommendations, superseding the older article. Especially as this heatsink article (and the rankings) is the very first article you get when you click on the SPCR "reference/recommended" link. If that's not the case that's fine, but I'm sure you can see how people could interpret it slightly differently.
The HR-01+ is a rather unpopular product everywhere else as it's focused on performance under low airflow and low noise levels. But, for exactly the same reason most enthusiast sites dislike it, it should be included on future tests here.
Hope to see a full test of the SPCR top ranking quiet heatsinks on the newer platforms (like the 1366) one day. Maybe limited to the top 5. Saying that, if there are valid reasons to not include a product, such as it being discontinued, that is completely understandable.