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 Post subject: SilverStone Argon AR02 CPU Cooler
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 12:23 pm 
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 Post subject: Re: SilverStone Argon AR02 CPU Cooler
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 2:44 am 
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Looks like a CM TX-3 to me with another name badge :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: SilverStone Argon AR02 CPU Cooler
PostPosted: Wed Aug 21, 2013 2:06 am 
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Why do you review these coolers but don't bother with the most popular one in the budget segment, the Coolermaster 212 Evo? I personally want to see how things stack up, but again the Evo is conspicuously absent.


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 Post subject: Re: SilverStone Argon AR02 CPU Cooler
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 6:23 am 
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I got this nice little blue in my new PC. Great choice, when I could not fit more than 140mm.

But I got into something strange and wanted to ask your advice : the backplate doesnt seems to align "logically" to the holes of the motherboard.
I have a GA-Z97N-Wifi

It took me quite a long time to figure out the installation. More difficult than with the Kotetsu which was fitting easily.

On the AR02, there are 3 holes on each corner, to fit the different motherboards. I thought to use the ones located in same place, at each corner. But I could not.
See the below picture.
And trust me, I really tried all the possible combinations. Only with that one, the screws are going in without forcing.

In the end, the backplate is a bit tilted. (see the picture)
But of course, in front, it's exactly at the right place, the heatsink is exactly on top of the processor. (Because the 4 holes of the motherboard are obviously at the right place, for the processor mounting.

What do you think of it?

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 Post subject: Re: SilverStone Argon AR02 CPU Cooler
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:20 am 
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thierry -- iirc, that's exactly the only way it fits. Seems illogical at first blush, but probably just because we all tend to think symmetry is better than asymmetry.

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 Post subject: Re: SilverStone Argon AR02 CPU Cooler
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2015 7:45 am 
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Thanks a lot Mike.
You cannot imagine how much time I spent just to put the backplate, thinking and re-thinking "what is wrong with my fingers!" :lol:

By the way, I like this AR02 cooler.
Compared to the Kotetsu that was installed one day before, in the same case, I found it as quite. (Of course, it fits much better! I can close the case. lol)

The rubber fixation are easy to put (compared to "forcing" the usual metal clips on the fins)

I did not run yet the i5 at max for testing, but it will handle it easily, I guess.

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