Thermalright Silver Arrow vs Noctua NH-D14

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Thermalright Silver Arrow

Introduction

Thermalright pretty much rewrote the blue-print on what a CPU Cooler should be when they released the TRUE 120. This was a monster tower cooler that quickly became the cooler of choice for the Intel socket 775 processors.

With the release of the Core i7 series though a new solution was required to tame the heat that these put out, and eventually it settled upon Noctua, with the NH-D14, to stand atop the mountain and take over the number one slot. Many companies have tried to knock it off its perch without success.

Thermalright have re-entered the battle with the immense Silver Arrow, a cooler than follows the Noctua trend of twin towers and twin fans. Can it really take over the premium position?

We're here to find out in the battle of the Heavyweight champions. Please put on your best Michael Buffer...

In the Blue corner weighing in at 825g, hailing from Taiwan, the challenger, the Thermalright Silver Arrow.

In the, erm, Brown corner weighing 1070g with fans, the Austrian Powerhouse, the Champion of the World Noctua NH-D14.

Of course we're all familiar with the Noctua NH-D14 as it's been our reigning Best In Class for some time now. If you're unfamiliar with it then you can catch up by clicking here. As for the Thermalright Silver Arrow, let's take a look at what the Challenger is bringing to the party.

Special Features

    * 4 X 8mm large sintered heatpipes efficiently removing heat away from the CPU, allowing for great Overclocking potential.
    * Nickel Plated Base and Heatpipes, increase the longevity of the heatsink by slowing oxidation and deterioration rates.
    * Double fin stack design, provides each tower with an impressive 147 x 103mm of surface area for heat dissipation
    * Special Arrow fin design, allowing cool air to pass through while rapidly moving heat away.
    * Soldered Copper Base, ensure the highest of Thermal conduction.
    * Support for Multiple-Platforms: Intel Socket 1366/1156/775 & AM2/AM3 .
    * Includes Two TY Series Ultra Low noise 160*140*25mm PWN controlled fan .

Specifications

    * Heatsink Dimensions: Length 147mm x Width 123mm x Height 160mm
    * Cooler weight: 825 g (excluding Retention Hardware and Fan) .
    * Heat-pipe: 8mm Sintered Heat-pipe x4 units
    * Cooler Base Material: C1100 Pure Copper with Nickel Plating
    * Fan Compatibly: 120x25mm / 140x25mm / 120x38mm
    * Fan dimensions: Length 160mm x Width 25mm x Height 140mm
    * Fan Speed: 500~1300RPM
    * Fan Air flow: 28~73.6CFM
    * Fan Noise Level: 17~21dBA

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Most Recent Comments

18-11-2010, 18:03:19

tinytomlogan
The battle of the CPU Coolers is a close one. Thermalright have released the monster Silver Arrow. How does it fare against the reigning champ?

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18-11-2010, 18:16:48

alienware
Oh god oh god please please put the link in... *goes to look at main page*

Haha ! p*ss off thermalright !

I took one look at those clips and thought "oh no, oh god no !". And the heat pipes look like dildos

And I think that's why it fails. With the Noctua as you crank and crank the temps just don't seem to change. My 940 didn't refuse to boot due to heat I was just scared of blowing it up.

I might have missed the actual price of this but if it's around £50 why are they charging the same for that stupid shaman GPU cooler? This thing has two fans on and is bigger.

Nothing to worry about there for Noctua then. It'll be a bloody long time before any one can beat the NH and by the time they do it'll be too late.

Was talking to Stepy about this last night. The Noctua was just pure American right from the start. I could just visualise two yanks (Cleetus and Bubba) saying "Holy sheep sh*t, let's make the biggest dog garn cooler we can fit on a motherboard !" and then speccing it out like a V12 Aston. Once you reach that level all others can merely copy you, but with little chance of beating you. I mean, how the hell do you make a bigger cooler than the NH?

I wouldn't mind but TR seem to have simply stolen the NH and made a poorer cooler. I mean look at them

I do like the look of the fans on the TR tho, would look cool on a Gigabyte

Noctua threw the first punch. So it was game over. It really was hard to appreciate just how enormous the NH was until I had one in my PC.Quote

18-11-2010, 18:25:24

Todd
I don't like the look of the silver arrow :/ It's too damn angular for me to like it.Quote
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