CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

SilverStone NT06-PRO

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

SilverStone NT06-PRO

Price:  £49.99

Technical Specification 

CPUIntel: 775,1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011/v3.  AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes6x6mm Copper pipes
MaterialsAluminium fins, Copper base
Fan Speed1x120mm slim fan @2200rpm
Noise LevelNot Given dB(A)
Air Flow73.96CFM
Air PressureNot Given mmH2O


Up Close 

The NT06-PRO is part of the nitrogen series of Coolers From established maker SilverStone, who, it appears are either going for the mimimalist industrial look to their packaging or are spending their money on the contents rather than the box.  Well at a smidge under £50 for a top down cooler we hope it's the latter as this thing's going to need to perform to be worth the wonga.

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The 120mm fan can be mounted above or below, or if you're running a low power unit it can even be left of totally turning the NT06-PRO into a passive cooler.  Quality wise things are good, although we do find it a bit odd that the fin stack isn't at 90 degrees to the contact plate, and no, it's not the weight of the fins doing that, this photo was taken with the cooler inverted on the table and then rotated 180 degrees.

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Aside from the sagging fin stack the only other issue we have is that there's a rather unattractive sticker on the top of the stack which cannot be easily removed.  We are though glad to report that the standard of workmanship and overall feel of quality is high.

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Mounting the NT06-PRO is reasonably easy thanks to the clear instructions and well engineered method.  Being a top down design, the cooler also offers cooling to the RAM And near motherboard components.  We've mounted the fan on the top which gives 52mm of clearance underneath, but if you chose to mount the fan underneath there's still 32mm of clearance, which is enough for standard height RAM.  Mounting the fan underneath also drop the overall height of the cooler to just 82mm.  Performance wise the NT06 Pro comes top of it's class, beating the Noctua NH-C14S, which actually has a larger fan.  Well done SilverStone, Well Done!

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 18:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 18:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 19:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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