Thermalright Silver Arrow vs Noctua NH-D14


Thermalright Silver Arrow


What a contest this was between two closely matched Heavyweight contenders. The result was very close to the most recent Heavyweight contest we've seen, although this time the Challenger didn't just stand there like an idiot and fall over in the third, rather the Silver Arrow matched the NH-D14 jab for jab, cross for cross, until the third round when the power of the Champion was just enough to put the Challenger down.

Until then we even had the Thermalright Silver Arrow ahead on points and if this was a two-round affair it would be the blue corner having their hand raised. However in the professional world we don't have short contests. So why doesn't the challenger get the belt this time?

The main points are that the Thermalright Silver Arrow just about has the beating of the Noctua NH-D14 at 1.25v and 1.35v, beating it by 0.7°C and 0.8°C respectively. Once the voltage is increased it proves incapable of shifting the heat away effectively with the heatsink becoming overwhelmed.

Away from the temperatures the mounting system isn't the most user-friendly that we've seen. Although if you're the "install once and never again" type and you own a roomy case then this will prove less of an issue as it does to us with our test setup and requirements.

The fan retainers are the same 'straightened paper-clip' style that Thermalright have been using since seemingly the dawn of time. They're fiddly, annoying and worst of all they seem cheap. For a cooler costing above £50 the last thing we want is any part of it seeming cheap and fiddly.

All in all it's a pretty capable cooler. There are clearance issues if you've got anything other than vanilla DIMMs, or a case that isn't the widest, but it does keep the processor cool and quiet under reasonable conditions. It's fairly attractive and reasonably priced. 

For all the in depth testing and varification of our results please watch this monster video!

For our purposes though the reality is that the Noctua is easier to use, sturdier designed and doesn't fail when the going gets tough so still retains our top spot as the best CPU Cooler on the planet.

It's not to say the Silver Arrow is a bad cooler. Just not quite good enough to dethrone the Champ.

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Thanks to Noctua & Thermalright for making this fight possible! Discuss in our forums.

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Most Recent Comments

18-11-2010, 18:16:48

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

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

18-11-2010, 18:47:10

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

18-11-2010, 18:50:24

What case is that? it looks badassQuote

18-11-2010, 18:54:09

Bitfenix survivor.

And I now hate Tom more than ever

You did that on purpose didn't you?Quote

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