Thermalright Silver Arrow goes *twang*

Thermalright Silver Arrow goes *twang*
Rating
Overall:

Quiet, though a messy install procedure and compatibility limit this heatsink.

Price
Price: $105
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Specs
Dual tower heatsink; dual 140mm fans; 1366, 1156, 775, AM2, AM3; 825g

Thermalright take two heatsinks and jam them together to make this beast. But is it cool enough?

 

We’re big fans of cooling gear at Atomic, and Thermalright heatsinks have been a mainstay in the Labs for quite some time. Their TRUE reigned at the top of the roost for many years with only a slight refresh, but Thermalright appear to think that the only way to improve – is to double.

This ethos results in the Silver Arrow, a gigantic monster heatsink that is closer to two heatsinks, fused into one. Taking the shape of a U, four 8mm heatpipes run from tip to tip, dipping down at the centre to mate with a nickel-plated copper base. Heat is pulled up through the aluminium fins, and the two included vibration-dampened fans dissipate the thermal energy. The fans might not be our favourite colour, resembling a mix of dull grey and pasty green snot, but they generate only 56dBA each and are nigh-unnoticeable in a case.

Unfortunately the deviation in form factor away from the TRUE affects installation, which we can only describe as ‘involved’. It starts with a backplate and motherboard mounting ring, secured with spacers inbetween, to which the heatsink is mounted, then screwed down to the ring with a bar that passes above the nickel-plated base. It’s then tensioned with an included custom tool, and the fans are added with clips and anti-vibration pads, where finally it’s complete – not exactly intuitive.

Thermal performance isn’t as stellar as we’d hoped it would be, with the heatsink performing slightly worse at load than the CoolIT Eco in our high-load overclocked torture tests. Re-mounting didn’t improve this somewhat average showing, nor did tensioning at various levels, though to its credit the noise level remained static throughout.

It’s a decent choice for cooling, but due to its awkward installation process, immense size that makes motherboard choice a problem, and merely good performance, we suggest you look towards other high-end tower heatsinks.

See more about:  thermalright  |  silver  |  arrow  |  cooling  |  fans
 
 

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