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SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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SilverStone Technology is a well known brand in the computer component space, offering high quality solutions for everything from cases to case-mounted fan controllers and displays. Their CPU air-coolers are some of the best in the industry with the latest incarnation being part of the Argon Series. The Argon Series AR01 CPU cooler is made for optimal cooling of your Intel socket 115X or AMD-based systems, comprised of a single aluminum radiator tied to a copper base-plate via a set of copper heat pipes with a 120mm fan for heat dissipation. To prove out the performance of the AR01 unit, we tested put it up against other high-performance liquid and air-based coolers. At a retail MSRP of $34.99, the AR01 cooler has a great performance to price ratio for its cooling potential.

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Continue reading our review of the SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU air cooler!

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SilverStone designed the AR01 to optimally transfer the heat from the processor, integrating the heat pipes directly into the base so that the copper heat pipes come in direct contact with the CPU surface. They chose to use larger 8mm-based heat pipes for transferring heat to the aluminum radiator with a disruption airflow design internally to optimize heat transfer to the air medium. In a genius move, SilverStone used rubber based fan holders to fix the unit's fans to the radiator, which also act to absorb fan vibration and noise. The base plate is polished to a mirror-like finish, ensuring optimal mating between the integrated heat pipes and CPU surface.

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SilverStone includes mounting hardware for all current AMD and Intel sockets with a universal under-board mount to fit them all. They also include a single SilverStone-branded 2200RPM 120mm fan, thermal paste, and eight fan mounts for use with up to two fans with the unit.

Technical Specifications (taken from the SilverStone website)

Model No.

SST-AR01

Material

Copper heat pipes with aluminum fins

Application

Intel Socket LGA775/1150/1155/1156/1366/2011
AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2

Heat Pipe Type

08mm heat-pipe x 3

Cooling System

120mm x 120mm x 25mm fan

Noise

16.4-33.5 dBA

Bearing

Sleeve Bearing

Net Weight

420g (without fan)

Voltage Rating (V)

12V

Start Voltage (V)

≤7V

Air Flow (CFM)

37.2~81.4CFM

Speed (R.P.M.)

1000~2200RPM

Life Expectance (hrs)

40,000 hours

Dimension

120mm (W) x 50mm (D) x 159mm (H) (without Fan)
March 10, 2014 | 07:00 AM - Posted by DerekR (not verified)

The cooler is for Intel and AMD CPUs. Have you run any tests on any AMD test beds? I have Cooler Master Hyper 212 on an AMD FX8350, and I'm curious to see how the cooler does with some AM3 socket silicon.

March 10, 2014 | 09:56 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

Unfortunately, the cooler was only tested against Intel CPUs.  However, you should be able to extrapolate the performance you would see on the AMD side based on the results provided.

March 10, 2014 | 09:17 PM - Posted by Lance Ripplinger (not verified)

I use the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO in all my client builds, and this cooler doesn't sway me from continuing to use it. I am curious though as how this SilverStone cooler would compare to Cooler Master though.

March 10, 2014 | 10:08 PM - Posted by James (not verified)

$35 MSRP single fan aluminum/copper value oriented heatsink.

Not measured against the Hyper 212 Evo.

Instead measured against the likes of the XSPC Raystorm 750 EX240 and the H100i.

Come on PCPer.

March 11, 2014 | 08:58 AM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

We measured against what we had on hand at the time.

Thanks for the feedback...

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