CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

SilverStone Argon AR03

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

SilverStone Argon AR03

Price:  £34.99

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 fan @2200rpm
Noise Level33.5dB(A)
Air Flow81.4CFM
Air PressureNot Given mmH2O
Weight560 without fan


Up Close 

The Argon AR03 from SilverStone comes in a frosty blue box.  Inside everything is laid out in carboard compartments, with the cooler occupying the central area under the un fitted fan.

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The AR03 is a fairly standard looking 120mm fan based tower cooler  The six copper heat pipes are left natural and are biased towards the outer margins of the fin stack.  The only real aesthetic feature that lifts the AR03 from the OEM crowd is the blue and white fan, and we have to say we're real fans of the method chosen to attach it to the fin stack

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Let's take a closer look t the fan attachment method.  Basically it's 4 double ended rubber plugs.  One end fits into the fan cowling and the other, which looks kind of like a honey scoop in that it has serrations for the fins slots into the grooved edge of the fin stack.  When I first saw it my heart sank as I thought "great, another designer trying to be clever and actually coming up with something worse than spring clips", but in all honesty i'm thinking of starting a petition to Parliament to have all manufacturers forced to do it this way.

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Fitting the AR03 is a bit arse backwards in that you have to screw through from the motherboard side to the back plate behind.  I't's not abundantly clear from the instructions which of the many holes to use so a bit of trial and error is called for.  Having attached the back plate the rest is pretty straight forward though.  The AR03 also manages to make a decent fist of the torture tests, coming 4th in it's class and about midway overall.

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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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