Silverstone AR07 & AR08 CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


SilverStone is back on eTeknix again today, with their new AR07 and AR08 CPU coolers. Both coolers are designed to be affordable, quiet, stylish and pack great value for money performance. We’re going to be putting both of them on our test bench today, and while we’re expecting the bigger AR07 to offer up better performance, we’re still eager to see what the smaller and more affordable AR08 is capable of.

“The Argon series coolers are designed to provide the best cooling solution for your CPU. To improve performance even further, unique and exclusive heatsink fin designs such as interweaving diamond edge and arrow guides are included. For users looking for a no-nonsense top performing cooler without the premium price, the Argon AR07 is the perfect choice.” – SilverStone

Both coolers come equipped with a triple heat pipe design and a high-quality fan tuned for silence. The AR07 has three 8mm thick pipes, a 140mm PWM fan and the AR08 uses 6mm pipes with a 92mm PWM fan.

Argon Series AR07

  • Great balance of silence and performance
  • Unique interweaving diamond edged fins for improved performance
  • Exclusive arrow guides distribute airflow evenly among heat pipes
  • Three Ø8mm heat-pipes and aluminum fins for excellent heat conducting efficiency
  • Heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology
  • Includes compact 140mm PWM fan for excellent cooling and low noise
  • Anti-vibration rubber pads included for additional noise dampening

Argon Series AR08

  • Great balance of silence and performance
  • Unique interweaving diamond edged fins for improved performance
  • Exclusive arrow guides distribute airflow evenly among heat pipes
  • Three Ø6mm heat-pipes and aluminum fins for excellent heat conducting efficiency
  • Heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology
  • Includes compact 92mm PWM fan for excellent cooling and low noise
  • Anti-vibration rubber pads included for additional noise dampening
  • Intel Socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 compatible

Both coolers come nicely packaged with all the main specifications detailed around the box, as well as lots of images showing the fan, fin stack, block, heat pipes design and more.

In the box, you’ll find fan clips, a universal backplate for Intel and an AMD bracket, mounting arms, 3M pads, as well as all the required screws and some thermal paste. Both coolers come with a very similar mounting kit, the only exception being that the AR07 comes with larger fan retention clips.

SilverStone Releases Nitrogon NT09-115X Slim-Profile CPU Cooler

There are many obstacles one need to take into consideration when building small form factor builds and one of them is the CPU cooler. It needs to be powerful enough to cool your system, but most importantly, it needs to fit into the chassis. SilverStone released a new CPU cooler that should solve both of these issues and it is called the Nitrogon NT09-115X.

The Nitrogon NT09-115X is only 45mm tall and made for Intel’s LGA 115x sockets. It is compatible with all four of them, LGA 1156, 1155, 1150, and 1151, and it can handle processors with a TDP of up to 65W.


The NT09-115X has been designed especially for use in space limited applications and comes with extruded aluminum fins for excellent thermal conductive. In addition, the NT09-115X is equipped with a custom PWM 92mm silent fan that is staggered against the aluminum fins for better airflow focus and enhanced heat dissipation.

The 92mm fan has a variable speed from 550 to 2500 RPM in order to generate an air pressure of 0.136 to 2.8mm H2O and an airflow of 10.34 to 47.0 CFM. In return, the cooler will generate a noise level between 18.5 and 32 dBA which isn’t bad at all for a small form factor cooler. From inaudible to slightly audible, yet with a good cooling performance.

Both the core and the extruded fins are made of aluminium which makes for a very light CPU cooler that shouldn’t put much stress on your motherboard, no matter how weak it might be. The entire CPU cooler with fan only weights 213.5 grams. Despite the low weight, SilverStone still ships the NT09-115X with a reinforced backplate to lessen the stress on the motherboard even more.

Special Features:

  • Supports Intel LGA1156/1155/1150/1151 processors
  • Designed for low profile systems at only 45mm tall
  • Custom quiet 92mm fan for excellent cooling and low noise
  • Extruded aluminum fins for good heat dissipation
  • Reinforced back plate design reduces motherboard bending to provide tighter CPU contact

The new Nitrogon NT09-115X is available from today for a recommended end-user price of $13.75 USD.

SilverStone Releases Argon AR07 and AR08 CPU Coolers

SilverStone is ready with two new CPU coolers that should provide users with a great balance between silent operation and performance. The two new CPU coolers from the Argon series are called the AR07 and AR08 and they have close to the same features and specifications. There is only one difference between the two CPU coolers and that is the size. The Argon AR07 is a 140mm sized version while the AR08 is a little smaller with its 92mm width and fan size.

The Argon series of CPU coolers are designed to provide a great cooling solution for your CPU with their three 8mm thick copper heat pipes that are connected to the base using heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology. SilverStone also added unique and exclusive heatsink fin designs such as interweaving diamond edge and arrow guides that should help with the airflow and thereby performance.

The new fans used provide an even better airflow to noise ratio than predecessors and the Argo AR08 and Argos AR08 can quickly and quietly push the pesky heat away from your CPU and the surrounding motherboard area. The blue colour of fans might not be to everyone’s best liking, but the specifications look great.

The SilverStone Argos product pages didn’t reveal any rated TDP and neither did the press release about the new products, but since they are compatible with Intel Socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011/2011-V3 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2, they should be able to handle most. The Argos 07 has an airflow of 31.4 to 93.0 CFM at a fan speed of 800 to 1500 RPM. The Argos 08 has an airflow of 26.8 to 49.5 CFM at a fan speed of 1500 to 2800 RPM. Both are rated with a life expectancy of 40,000 hours.

Feature Highlights:

  • Great balance of silence and performance
  • Unique interweaving diamond edged fins for improved performance
  • Exclusive arrow guides distribute airflow evenly among heat pipes
  • Three Ø8mm/6mm heat-pipes and aluminum fins for excellent heat conducting efficiency
  • Heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology
  • Includes compact 140mm PWM (AR07) / 92mm (AR08) fan for excellent cooling and low noise
  • Anti-vibration rubber pads included for additional noise dampening
  • Intel Socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011 and AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2 compatible

The new SilverStone Argos AR07 and AR08 will be available on January the 28th for a recommended end user price of $39.60 USD for the AR07 and $33.66 USD for the AR08.

Noctua NH-D9L Dual-Tower CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Notcua, the PC cooling markets masters of sublime build quality and ultra-quiet performance, are back on eTeknix once again today. I’ll be taking a look at their new NH-D9L cooler, and while it may seem a little small and not particularly special, it’s certainly got a few promising features that I’m looking forward to testing.

Despite the compact design, measuring just 111mm tall! The D9L features a dual tower design, yet still provides perfect clearance for RAM modules, as well as keeping clear of any PCIe expansion cards. It’s small enough to fit in a mini-ITX system build, but for the more professional hardware enthusiast, it’ll be perfect for 3U systems too. Noctua build quality is world-famous, and to support their confidence, the D9L comes with a whopping six-year warranty! That’s confidence in their products right there.

“The included NF-A9 premium fan supports automatic speed control via PWM for outstanding quietness of operation and a second, optional NF-A9 fan can be added for further improved performance in dual fan mode. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-D9L forms a highly compact premium package for space-restricted applications.”

For a quick overview of the coolers features and design, check out this lovely product video from Noctua.

Equipped with support for all major sockets and then some, as well as a form factor that will support a vast amount of system and motherboard configurations, including some server deployments, high-quality build materials and a premium grade fan, this little cooler is already starting to sound quite exciting.

The box is typical Noctua, nicely designed, with a brown and white colour scheme, and technical/performance data plastered on every side of the box.

The box is nicely packaged, with lots of protection around the cooler and a separate box for additional components.

In the component box, you’ll find everything you need to get the cooler installed on all major Intel and AMD socket types. There’s a tube of high-quality thermal paste, extra fan clips and even a screwdriver, which are certainly welcome additions.

Alpenföhn ATLAS Mini-ITX/Micro-ATX CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Picking the right CPU cooler for your system can be a tricky task as you have to balance your budget, the ergonomics of your chassis, the TDP of your chip, aesthetics, what kind of system performance you want to achieve and acoustics too. That’s a lot to consider and there’s certainly a huge amount of choice out there to find something that suits your needs, but it’s still a bit of a minefield. The latest cooler from legendary manufacturer Alpenföhn has been designed for the increasingly popular Mini-ITX and Micro-ATX system build market. People are making a lot of compact gaming PCs for their living room, bedroom, LAN gaming events and more, so it’s only right that we should have more coolers that are suited to building a gaming system in smaller chassis.

The ATLAS may be tiny, but it still packs an impressive 5 x 6mm heat pipes into a twin-tower and dual-fan configuration, which gives it an impressive max TDP of 200W! That’s a lot of cooling potential from a small form factor cooling. Of course, a lot of people are jumping on the AIO market for cooling these days, but there are a lot of benefits to air cooling too and even more so, there are some people who just don’t want to move to water. Either way, it’s going to be interesting to see what this little powerhouse can do on our test bench.

As you can see from the specifications, the cooler sits nice and low, at the cost of being quite wide and fat for its form factor. The cooler is just tall enough to house a pair of 92mm fans, and while this form factor of fan is often associated (in my experience) with higher RPM and a noisy output, these promise to go as low as 400RPM, but still manage good airflow and low noise, which is something we’re eager to test.

The box is quite large, which I found funny as when I first opened it, I was expecting a much bigger cooler. There’s a nice stylish picture on the front of the box, as well as details of the main spec (see above) around the box.

The size of the box quickly becomes apparent, there’s quite a treasure trove of bits and bobs to be found inside. The mounting kit includes AMD and Intel brackets, a support bar, fan clips, back plate, retention screws and rubber caps, a tube of thermal paste and Molex to fan adaptors; literally everything you’ll need and more!

Both of the fans are of a very nice quality, which all black fittings and cables, as well as some durable black rubber braiding on the cables.

Both fans come with 4-pin headers, as well as built-in Y-splitters, handy if you’re short on fan connectors on your motherboard. Even if you are short on connectors, at least you’ll also find Molex adaptors in the box.

The Cooler is really nicely designed, with a very cool looking fin-stack that is full of aggressive angles and shapes. Sure, these shapes do add to the aesthetic, but don’t be fooled, as they’re primary purpose is to increase the surface area and push the airflow around the heat pipes, helping to better dissipate heat.

The cooler is very nice to look at and it’s impressive to see those heat pipes packed in so neatly while maintaining such a short form factor. There’s room to mount one of the fans on either side of the cooling towers, allowing you to best suit the fan configuration to the space within your chassis.

There’s sturdy and quite thick block on the base, giving plenty of room to hold all five heat pipes together and this gives a good even coverage of heat pipe over the entire CPU block too, which should help cooling performance a lot.

The heat pipes stick out at the top of the cooler, but the top plate has been given a good polish, giving it a shiny and appealing look.

The bottom of the block is finishing to a mirror shine and is super flat and smooth; this should ensure a clean and even fit across your CPU of choice.

Noctua NH-U9S U-Type Tower CPU Cooler Review

Introduction


Noctua is one of the most recognisable cooling brands around and for those who don’t recognise the name, you will most likely recognise the colours. Noctua are famous for two things, extremely high-quality products and that beige/brown colour scheme; love it or hate it, you can always pick a Noctua out of a crowd.

“Continuing the renowned legacy of Noctua’s award-winning NH-U9 series, the NH-U9S is a premium quality quiet CPU cooler in classic 9cm size. Its asymmetrical design with 5 heatpipes not only provides even better cooling performance than the previous generation but also improves compatibility: Thanks to its 95x95mm footprint, the NH-U9S clears the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards, including µATX and ITX. Combined with its 125mm height, this makes the NH-U9S a highly versatile solution with excellent case, RAM and PCIe compatibility. The included NF-A9 premium fan supports automatic speed control via PWM for outstanding quietness of operation and a second, optional NF-A9 fan can be added for further improved performance in dual fan mode. Topped off with the trusted, pro-grade SecuFirm2 multi-socket mounting system, Noctua’s proven NT-H1 thermal compound and full 6 years manufacturer’s warranty, the NH-U9S is a deluxe choice through and through.” – Noctua

It’s no secret that Noctua has made some truly amazing coolers over the years, offering products that are virtually as good as you can get before taking the leap up to a water-cooled solution; which isn’t ideal for every kind of build anyway. Their latest cooler certainly is set to take on the world of water cooling, but it does promise to be a premium quality solution for those who need a more compact cooler. Equipped with a 95mm fan, a compact cooling tower and a tight bundle of heat pipes, I’m eager to see how this little cooler performs!

Nicely designed packaging with all the major specifications you’ll need to know clearly labeled.

In the box, you’ll find everything comes meticulously packaged, with separate pouches for both Intel and AMD mounting kits, as well as the general components, extra fan clips and a syringe of Noctua’s award-winning thermal paste.

You’ll also find some nicely formatted and easy to follow instruction booklets for each socket type.

The cooler is very compact, yet surprisingly heavy; it may be small, but there’s a lot of metal here.

There’s a single 95mm Noctua fan included with the cooler, which comes pre-installed, although you will have to remove it to install the cooler. It’s a fairly typical Noctua fan in terms of design and naturally, it’s of a very high quality.

The 95mm fan mounts using two simple metal clips and comes with rubber coated corners to help reduce any vibrations.

The fin stack is tightly packed and the individual fins are quite thick and strong compared to most coolers. Since this is the “S” version, it clocks in with 95mm dimensions, compared to the “B” model, which is 120mm, this means that it’ll provide you with improved compatibility with chassis, motherboards and other components.

Despite its tiny size, the NH-U9S packs five copper heat-pipes to help move heat through to the aluminium cooling fins.

The copper base plate and the heat pipes come with a gorgeous nickel playing and the CPU contact plate is polished to a mirror shine.

ID-COOLING Announced IS-VC45 Vapor Chamber SFF CPU Cooler

Cooling SFF and other compact systems isn’t always an easy task and as such it’s great to see ID-COOLING releasing their newly developed Vapor Chamber CPU Cooler for Mini-ITX system, the IS-VC45.

Small form factor PCs get more and more powerful with each generation and along comes the need for better cooling solutions to squeeze out that extra performance and prevent thermal throttling. With a vapor chamber base to draw heat immediately from the processor, the tiny IS-VC45 is able to handle CPUs with TDP up to 130W. And it only measures 94×92×45mm so this cooler can fit into pretty much any mini-ITX systems just as easy as any stock cooler.

The IS-VC45 is built with high-density aluminium fins that are soldered to the vapor chamber base. It comes equipped with a slim 92mm Fluid Dynamic Bearing fan that has a variable speed between 600 and 2500RPM (14.0-33.0dBA) with PWM function.

The 330gram heavy cooler supports Intel Socket LGA1150/1155/1156 and Socket LGA2011 and comes with metal screws and backplate for secure mounting.

Thanks to ID-COOLING for providing us with this information

Xigmatek Announced The TYR-SD962 CPU Cooler

Xigmatec has announced their latest entry to the CPU cooler market in form of the TYR-SD962 CPU cooler. Týr was/is the Norse God of Law and Heroic Glory, and was the son of Odin. A Bold name for a small cooler, that however promises some good features for a budget oriented cooler.

The TYR-SD962 uses heat-pipes direct touch (H.D.T), where the two 6mm copper heat-pipes make direct contact with the CPU. The base in itself acts as a tiny heatsink and the fins are made from an aluminium alloy. The maximum TDP is 110W and without a fan mounted it weighs 310 grams and measures 85 x 65 x 121 mm.

The 92mm fan used is a fluid circulative bearing (FCB) fan with variable speed between 1200 and 2800 RPM. At maximum speed it can produce an airflow of 52 CFM while the noise levels are rated between 20 and 28 dBA depending on RPM.

The new Xigmatec TYR-SD962 CPU cooler supports Intel LGA Socket 755, 1150, 1155, 1156, 1366 and AMD AM and FM Sockets.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Xigmatec

Noctua Presents Three New 92mm CPU Coolers

Noctua has announced three new 92mm premium class CPU coolers. The new NH-U9S and NH-D9L are retail models while the NH-D9DX i4 3U targets Intel Xeon LGA2011 based workstations and servers. All three new models use the recently announced NF-A9 PWM 92mm premium fan to achieve the best and most quiet cooling performance.

The NH-U9S is a premium quality quiet CPU cooler in classic 9cm size. Its asymmetrical design with 5 heat pipes provides an even better cooling performance than the previous generation and at the same time improves compatibility. The NH-U9S clears the RAM and PCIe slots on all Intel and most AMD based mainboards, including µATX and ITX variants.

The NH-D9L and NH-D9DX i4 3U are basically the same cooler and only variate in the supplied mounting system. They feature 4 heat pipes but have the same footprint as the NH-U9S. with a height of just 100mm thanks to the integrated fan mount, these new coolers are fully 3U compliant as well as ideal for compact HTPC and Small Form Factor (SFF) cases that have an airflow path parallel to the motherboard.

All three new CPU coolers are backed by a 6-year warranty and come with Noctua’s NT-H1 thermal compound included. The shipping to retailers and shops has started, so availability should be now or very soon. The MSRP is set to €54.90/$59.90 for the NH-U9S, €49.90/$56.90 for the NH-D9L while the NH-D9DX i4 3U will set you back €56.90/$59.90

Thanks to Noctua for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Noctua