Thermalright Silver Arrow vs Noctua NH-D14

Test Setup and Results

Thermalright Silver Arrow

Test Setup

To make sure that our results are as accurate as possible to those that you'll achieve, we've setup our test system in a case rather than on our Dimastech bench table. We'll run our processor at three different speeds and three different voltages. Because voltage is the main cause of heat you can compare what your processor needs voltage-wise to get an approximation of how the cooler will perform on your system.

To make certain that everything is above board, rather than just report our maximum temperature we'll be taking the ambient temperature and using that to give us the Delta temp as well as the maximum.

Delta is measured as the difference between two values, sometimes load and idle but for today between maximum recorded temperature and the ambient of the room.

Each cooler was mounted and tested three times to eliminate any slight variances in thermal paste or pressure. For our average results in the graph we've taken an average of all four cores because of the slight variances that occur.

Case : BitFenix Survivor
Motherboard : Gigabyte UD3R-v2
CPU : Intel Core i7-950. 4 GHz @ 1.25v. 4.2 GHz @ 1.35v and 4.4GHz @ 1.45v.
RAM : 6GB Mushkin Radioactive RAM @ 2000MHz
PSU : Corsair HX850
GPU : ASUS HD6870
CPU Coolers : Thermalright Silver Arrow and Noctua NH-D14

Results

Round One

At 4 GHz the Silver Arrow just manages to edge out the Noctua being 0.7°C cooler after 30 minutes of Prime thrashing away at all four cores.

It's a very close contest so far but the Thermalright just edges the round 10-9.

Round Two

Both fighters are up off their stools early looking to get into the nitty gritty.

At the 1.35v used to achieve 4.2 GHz on our test i7-950 the results are pretty much the same. Although the average temperature is only a quarter of a degree cooler, thanks to the higher ambient temperature the delta of the Silver Arrow is 0.8°C cooler than the Noctua. Again not a lot but every little helps.

Another very close round, but once again the Silver Arrow just edges the judges scorecard 10-9.

Round Three

The challenger is looking the fresher of the two as we head into Round Three, although the Noctua has been landing some telling blows too.

With 1.45v on the Core i7-950 to achieve 4.4 GHz the Noctua keeps everything cool as before but the Thermalright Silver Arrow hit 100°C after only 15 minutes of Prime and so the test was halted to save damage to the chip. Naturally this counts as a fail.

And it's unbelievable. A sudden flurry of punches and the challenger is down and unable to answer the referees 10 count. It's a knockout blow! Quite shocking considering the Silver Arrow was looking the better of the two up to that point.

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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?

Continue Reading

18-11-2010, 18:16:48

F-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.

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.

18-11-2010, 18:47:10

Delusion77
I actually thought the noctua was going to loose this one. but i guess another1 bite the dust!

18-11-2010, 18:50:24

SiLo
What case is that? it looks badass

18-11-2010, 18:54:09

F-alienware
Bitfenix survivor.

And I now hate Tom more than ever

You did that on purpose didn't you?

19-11-2010, 03:10:37

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by AlienALX View Post

Bitfenix survivor.

And I now hate Tom more than ever

You did that on purpose didn't you?
Maybe

Might use it as the static test case for heatsinks now

19-11-2010, 07:16:09

F-alienware
I want one. So therefore I simply must not look at it. I must not fall for the stay puft marshmallow effect that case is having on me.. Must stop thinking about it !!

19-11-2010, 08:23:59

hmmblah
Xbit labs got different results. I haven't compared them closely, but at 4.4GHz 1.44375v they had the Silver Arrow at under 80C. What the reason for the different findings? I noticed Xbit used an open case, was the survivor opened as well during testing?

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermalright-silver-arrow_5.html#

19-11-2010, 08:28:56

SnW
Everytime the same with TT.. copy paste

al tho its like 30Euro cheaper....

EDIT my bad i thought it was Thermaltake

19-11-2010, 09:19:33

Aurus_OC
Quote:
Originally Posted by hmmblah View Post

Xbit labs got different results. I haven't compared them closely, but at 4.4GHz 1.44375v they had the Silver Arrow at under 80C. What the reason for the different findings? I noticed Xbit used an open case, was the survivor opened as well during testing?

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermalright-silver-arrow_5.html#
No the Survivor was closed during the test from what Tom said in the YouTube video. Well not really closed since he had to tape the sidepanel on in order for the Thermalright to fit .

19-11-2010, 10:18:44

AMDFTW
i dident get my noctua prize

19-11-2010, 10:55:17

Taurus
Great review lots of time and effort put in Tom love the reference to the wanky bloody tool for fixing the clamp plate down. Not sure why anyone would buy this as ram size is going to be critical unless you remove the outer fan!!!!!

Donít like the fan Clips either

19-11-2010, 11:27:37

F-alienware
Quote:
Originally Posted by Taurus View Post

Donít like the fan Clips either
They do indeed look very sweary. I think they would possibly be even more sweary than Noctua's original clips !

19-11-2010, 17:24:25

chudley
Link not working for me, and I knw how easy it is to install a Noctua and can see how the other clips look fiddly. Looking forward to seeing the video and the case now as well, suspense

19-11-2010, 17:37:51

thestepster
if the clips are anything like the true then they are utter murder was a good cooler in its time but a total pain in the ahole to install then get the clips on in the case!

19-11-2010, 17:47:40

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by hmmblah View Post

Xbit labs got different results. I haven't compared them closely, but at 4.4GHz 1.44375v they had the Silver Arrow at under 80C. What the reason for the different findings? I noticed Xbit used an open case, was the survivor opened as well during testing?

http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/thermalright-silver-arrow_5.html#
Tested IN a case as it would have been for a normal user, when ever I tested in open air before people moaned it wasnt a true reflection of performance!

You lot are just never happy

The results are bang on though, thats why i videod it all.

Case was sealed though hence the tape, there was only a few mm in it at the fixing points at the back of the case.

19-11-2010, 19:31:54

F-alienware
I don't understand why people want to see test rig results. It's stupid.

When I read that Radeon 5770s idled at 23c I was bloody well pleased. Imagine my annoyance when I got one in there and it actually idled at 35. I thought it was chuffing broken.

Honestly, no disrespect Tom but reviews where the cards/coolers are on a test bed are absolutely useless to the end user. (Edit. Temps obs)

So kudos from me for showing us what actual coolers do in actual use in actual cases in people's actual computers.

20-11-2010, 06:21:35

chudley
^^ I am on his side

20-11-2010, 10:42:07

Todd
And now Tom will show up and go "IKR"

25-11-2010, 04:33:14

Leibritz
Hey Tom,

I enjoy your articles. Were you testing with H/T on? I cannot believe SA would not be able to pass,

since there are people on several forums, who had no problem with this cooler on given clock and voltages... Just wondering, peace

25-11-2010, 04:36:21

thestepster
dont think ht being on would make 'that much' of a difference as its the volts that make the temps

25-11-2010, 05:41:53

Leibritz
Okay, even more puzzled then.

25-11-2010, 06:50:19

thestepster
maybe its cause tom ran it in a closed system and not a test bench

25-11-2010, 09:11:18

Leibritz
Super-puzzled then. As far as I know, you get better temps with closed system, since there is airflow. Unless you have a real crappy case of course, which Fenix is not. Hmm...

25-11-2010, 10:39:38

tinytomlogan
Yeah I never turn HT off when benching. And I have had these results on another unit aswell in both closed and open systems.

TBH even if they scored the same Id tell people to buy the Noctua as its a far superior product.

25-11-2010, 13:41:08

Diablo
A case is always going to be warmer than an open air test bed, as with open air, the temperature surrounding the heatsink is ambient, whereas in a case, no matter how well air cooled, the air is going to be slightly warmer.

Oh and Tom uses the hottest core as the temperature rather than the coolest.

25-11-2010, 14:43:43

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by Diablo View Post

Oh and Tom uses the hottest core as the temperature rather than the coolest.
Tom actually noted all 4 core temps and took an average to make it fair

25-11-2010, 16:33:15

Leibritz
Quote:
Originally Posted by Diablo View Post

A case is always going to be warmer than an open air test bed, as with open air, the temperature surrounding the heatsink is ambient, whereas in a case, no matter how well air cooled, the air is going to be slightly warmer.

Oh and Tom uses the hottest core as the temperature rather than the coolest.
Uh oh, makes sense

Let's leave it at that.
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