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Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme CPU Cooler Review

Manufacturer: Thermalright

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Introduction

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Thermalright is an established brand in the CPU cooling arena with its track record for innovative creations designed to best remove the heat from your prize CPU. The latest incarnation of their cooler line for Intel and AMD-based CPUs takes the form of the Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme, a massive nickel-plated copper cooler sporting two 140mm fans to aid in heat dispersal. We tested this cooler in conjunction with other all-in-one and air coolers to see how well the Thermalright cooler stacks up. With a retail price at $99.99, the cooler has a premium price for the premium performance it offers.

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Thermalright took their cooler design to a whole new level with the Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme. The cooler features a nickel-plated copper base and heat pipes with two massive aluminum thin-finned tower radiators to help with heat dissipation. The Silver Arrow SB-E contains eight total 6mm diameter heat pipes that run through the copper base plate, terminating in the two aluminum tower radiators. The base plate itself is polished to a mirror-like finish, ensuring optimal mating between the base plate and CPU surfaces.

Continue reading our review of the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E CPU air cooler!

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Thermalright includes a mounting bracket and under-board plate for use with both Intel and AMD CPU sockets and hardware specific to your socket of choice. Also included are two Thermalright TY-143 140mm fans, a dual ended power cord for the fans, their own branded CF-III thermal compound, and six fan mounting brackets for using up to three fans with the cooler.

Technical Specifications (taken from the Thermalright website)

Heatsink Specifications

Dimension

154 mm x 103 mm x 165 mm(LxHxW)

Weight

750g

Heat pipes

6mm heat pipe x 8 units

Fin

T = 0.3 mm
Gap = 2.1 mm

Fins pieces

10 + 12 + 80 = 102 pcs

Copper Base

C1100 Pure copper nickel plated

Motherboard to Fin Clearance

30 + 8 = 38 mm, 38 + 8 = 46 mm, 45 + 8 = 53 mm

TY-143 FAN Specifications

Dimension

152 mm x 140 mm x 26.5 mm(LxHxW)

Weight

170g

Rated Speed

600 - 2500RPM (Revolutions Per Minute)

Noise Level

21~45dBA (decibels)

Air Flow

31.4 - 130.0 CFM (Cubic Feet of air per Minute)

Connector

4 Pin (PWM Fan connector)

 

October 27, 2013 | 12:30 AM - Posted by capawesome9870

this should cool of a R9 290x very well.

although it would need a very good backplate and would have a problem setting up Crossfire, unless you get a PCIe extension cable.

i started off joking, but now i am interested to see if it could work.

October 27, 2013 | 01:41 AM - Posted by Terminashunator (not verified)

Getting a 120mm Closed Loop water cooler needs to be tested, i think. People have shown GPUs massively benefiting from a water cooled GPU, and that card deserves it.

October 27, 2013 | 08:29 PM - Posted by capawesome9870

that is something Corsair need to get started on. a single 120mm with the pump built in to the rad (not on the top of the CPU) and provide a universal mount and backplate.

October 27, 2013 | 07:16 AM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

I'd rather go with the "Dark Rock"! It's top plate just looks mean!

October 27, 2013 | 09:57 AM - Posted by Prodeous

Wonder how the Nocuta 14D would perform with these fans, would the performance be on par with that much extra air? Either way, nice to see that Air cooling is giving water cooling some competition.

October 27, 2013 | 10:37 AM - Posted by pdjblum

Hey Morry,

Thanks for the excellent review. Do the phenomenal temps make up for the noise, installation, and spacing issues? I guess, in that you gave it a silver award, that the low temps do. It would be nice to see the temps when the fans on each contestant are generating about the same decibels, but not sure how you would do this.

October 27, 2013 | 07:56 PM - Posted by Morry Teitelman

In my opinion, the performance does not make up all the way for the fan noise or for the installation issues, which is why it only received a silver award.  However, I could not discount its phenomenal performance in relation to the water cooling solutions.

However, as far as the mounting goes, most users are not going to be removing and reseating the CPU cooler as much as I do (if at all past the initial mount), so I had to take that fact in to account.  Louder fans do tend to bother me, which is one of the reasons I water cool my personal (a minor reason though), but they do tend to bother my wife quite a bit more - and that's definately something that has to be taken into account :)

November 1, 2013 | 01:10 AM - Posted by nobody special (not verified)

What happens if you drop to say 50db's? You need to test at two levels, one that is max as you show, and another for people who don't want to be driven out of their rooms by it :) at least a level where the vid card becomes the dominant noise maker (no need to really go below that). I think for a large portion of us we want the best heatsink so we can drop the noise not max it. Most people that would max it are probably best served by the HUGE drop in noise from water, right?

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