Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme CPU Cooler Review
Thermalright includes all necessary mounting hardware and accessories to get the cooler running in your system, including fans, mounting hardware, power cables, and thermal compound.
Thermalright includes a well designed user manual with detailed instructions for installing the cooler on all supported board types.
For CPU cooler mounting, Thermalright designed a generic top and back plate ensuring consistent mounting across all platforms. This generic mounting mechanism supports LGA115X, LGA1366, LGA2011 and AMD mounts CPU sockets. The the LGA115X, LGA1366, and LGA2011 sockets, you must use the smaller plastic washers for mounting, while the larger washers are used for an AMD-based socket. The four screw nut uprights are used for all socket types with the exception of LGA2011 which uses the four screw pillar uprights. The screw pillar uprights fasten directly into the stock LGA2011 socket plate without the need to use the included back plate at all. For the AMD socket, the included square plastic cap must be used in the bottom plate as well.
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The CPU mount is assembled by fixing the bottom plate to the dual ended metal uprights using the longer screws and fixing the top plate to the metal uprights with the smaller screws. Note that the metal uprights site on the board's upper surface, providing support and spacing for the top plate. For the bottom plate screws, you must use the appropriate plastic washers to hold the screws in place and to help electrically isolate the bottom and top plates. Once the cooler is put in place, the cooler hold down plate screws directly into the top plate.
The use of screws for securing both the top and bottom plates does give the mount more stability, but makes it more difficult to install than a pole-based system. In a pole-based mounting system, the cooler is held in place using long metal poles fixed to the bottom plate. One other point to note is that the cooler can only be mounted in a single orientation (DIMM to rear panel) and cannot be rotated to face the PCI-Express bus slots because of the hold down mechanism design. This may limit the use of the cooler in a space constrained build.
Thermalright includes six total fan fasteners, an angled wrench tool for installing the CPU hold down plate, Thermalright's CF III thermal paste, and a case sticker in addition to the cooler and mounting mechanism. The fan fasteners hook into the top and bottom screw holes on the included 140mm fans, one per side. You then clip the straight edge in along the groove on the radiator tower body. The fastener works well to hold the fan once engaged, but can be challenging to install on the fan and fix in place on the radiator tower.
To disperse the heat from the twin radiator towers integrated into the Silver Arrow SB-E Extreme's design, Thermalright packages in two of their TY-143 140mm fans. The fans have a red colored plastic housing with seven orange fan blades. Thermalright even goes to the trouble of sleeving the fan cables in dense-weave black sleeving to make them more manageable. The fans run at 12V and 0.60 amps with a maximum rotational speed of 2500RPM and pushing air through at a rate of 130CFM. The fans comes equipped with 4-pin PWM compatible power connectors, but will work just as well with 3-pin fan headers. Note that the fans will run at full speed when used with a 3-pin fan header. In testing, we found the fans to push quite a bit of air but were noticeable even over the graphics card fan when running at full speed.
For fan powering and monitoring purposes, Thermalright includes a PWM Y-cable with two female ends for connecting to the fans. The Y-cable allows both fans to be monitored from a single PWM-enabled motherboard header with power drawn from the wired-in MOLEX connector. Power is drawn from a PSU-based MOLEX connector rather than the motherboard fan header to prevent burnout of the motherboard header from too much power draw.