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.

Noctua Introduce 24V Industrial Fans

It’s not every day we report about fans, there’s something boring about the parts considering that a huge proportion of PC users have at least one in their system. The technical jargon can get some people to dunk their heads in the sand and plump for the one with the flashiest colour or simply the cheapest price. But for those who are serious about cooling and the longevity of the high-performance parts inside the case, high-quality fans are a must!

Noctua is probably the biggest name in air cooling, producing some of the most iconic fans in dreadful colours and today it announced four new offerings into the IndustrialPPC line up, all in 24V variety.

“The launch of our industrialPPC line has allowed us to expand our base of industrial clients as we’re now able to provide solutions for highly challenging environments and to meet much higher demands as far as airflow and pressure performance are concerned”, says Roland Mossig (Noctua CEO). “Since many of our industrial clients work with 24V, we’re now offering extra versions for 24V applications.”

Even though the fans have been designed for 24V Industrial applications, they run at a maximum of 3000RPM in 24V and 1700RPM in 12V. They can be lowered further by the use of PWM, so if you really wanted to spend the 29.90€ price tag, you won’t have to worry about noise or trying to figure out how to power these bad boys.

If the price tag wasn’t enough to put you off, take a look at the product pages below.

NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM

NF-F12 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 PWM

NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-2000 IP67 PWM

NF-A14 industrialPPC-24V-3000 IP67 PWM

Arctic Announces Semi Passive Freezer CPU Cooler

Arctic has released some impressive cooling solutions in the past, for both CPUs and GPUs. Their newest CPU cooler is the Freezer i32 or a32 depending on whether you’ll want to mount it on an Intel or AMD processor. The really cool thing about this CPU cooler is that it is semi-passive, like we’ve seen quite a bit on graphics cards lately. This effectively means that the fan will not spin up before it is actually needed.

The Freezer is using a 120mm PWM fan that won’t spin up for the first 40% of the scale and comes with quite a nice TDP rating for its size. This CPU cooler is able to keep up to 320 Watts TDP under control and keep an i7-4790K below 50 degrees under full load.

The slim size should prevent any issues with memory clearance or other areas around the CPU. The backplate is secure enough for transport and should keep everything in place in your LAN gaming rig too.

In case you have a system that runs continuously for 24/7, Arctic released the Freezer i32 CO which stands for continues operation. It is specifically designed for these kinds of systems in mind while still performing great and for a long time.

Feature Highlights

  • Improved cooling performance
  • German fan controller
  • Improved Bearing
  • Optimal compatibility through lower footprint
  • Transport safe due to a back-plate and a lower weight
  • MX-4 thermal compound included

The Freezer i32/A32 is now available for a price of £49.99 while the CO version costs a little more and is available for £59.99.

Scythe Releases Slip Stream 120 DB Fan Series

Scythe expanded their 120mm fan portfolio with a new series, the Slip Stream 120 DB. While the naming isn’t the smartest as most will associate the DB with dB, it has nothing to do with the noise generation but rather the double ball bearings used.

The new line-up includes five regular models with fixed fan speeds as well as one PWM-enabled model and thanks to the new dual ball bearings the fans have an increased lifespan of 350,000 hours.

The Slip Stream series feature a small hub and large blades to increase the flow area and airflow without increasing the fan speed. The PWM enabled version offers a wide fan speed range from 300RPM to 1300 RPM. The five non-PWM models will be available with an RPM of 500, 800, 1200, 1600 and 1900.

The model name may make these fans sound like some noisy ones, but they aren’t. The 500RPM model operates at just 7.2 dBA while still providing a steady airflow of 24.50 CFM while the 800RPM model can move 40.17 CFM at just 10.7 dBA.

Scythe also supplies four rubber vibration dampeners to assure that any vibration is absorbed and doesn’t move onto your chassis. Regular fan screws are also included and so is a 3-pin to 4-pin adapter.

The long life Slip Stream 120 DB fans are available as of today with the MSRP of 7.50 EUR (excl. Tax/VAT) for regular models. Slip Stream 120 DB PWM can be purchased for 10.00 EUR (excl. Tax/VAT).

NZXT Releases FX-140 V2 Cooling Fans Designed for Radiators

One of the hardest parts of building your own systems is the decision on what fans to get for it. While a lot might go for the default ones provided with whatever chassis you purchase, it might not be to everyone’s liking. Especially the liquid coolers want just the best of the best and NZXT has quite a bit of experience in that area.

NZXT has had quite a lot of experience with their Kraken series All-in-one liquid coolers and the latest series of X41 and X61 coolers have blown most competitors out of the way and they’ve grabbed a lot of rewards from reviewers as well. One of the things that make these coolers so good is the attached fan, the NZXT FX140V2 and just that type of fan can now be yours for any setup you want as they’re being released on their own.

 

The FX V2 series is a complete redesign of the previous generation pressure fan series and it creates effective and high airflow under the most restrictive environments. The fan is controlled by a pulse width modulation (PWM) that can be controlled by either your motherboard, fan controller, or NZXT CAM software. The FX140V2 has a max rotation speed of 2000RPM and allows for a much more gradual increase of speed over traditional voltage control.

High speed and lot of noise isn’t always what you’re looking for and the NZXT FX140V2 has you covered here too, still performing great at 800RPM and limiting the sound level to 20dB.

The NZXT FX V2 140mm fan will be available for purchase at retailers and e-tailers for £17.99 / €19.99 in June.

Scythe Presents the Compact Kodati Rev. B CPU Cooler with Socket AM1 Support

Japanese cooling manufacturer Scythe announces a new revision of its Kodati CPU Cooler. Scythe is one of the first manufacturers to announce a special solution to the market for the socket AM1 (FS1b) and users can finally exchange the stock AM1 CPU cooler against a much more powerful one. The new revision also supports all the other AMD and Intel sockets, so nothing has been abandoned.

Scythe Kodati CPU Cooler aims specifically at the HTPC and Mini-ITX market where both size and weight is crucial. The Kodati Rev B CPU cooler is only 34 millimeters high and weight just 180 grams to fit into any setup. This has been achieved by implementing the Stealth Fan Mounting Structure (S.F.M.S), where the pre-installed fan is located between the aluminum fin-structure and copper-baseplate.

It has two 6mm copper heat pipes and the included 80 mm fan has a variable speed between 800 and 3.300 RPM with PWM support and the airflow varies between 10.2 and 42.2 m3/h (6.0~24.82 CFM) depending on the speed. The specified noise level during operation starts at inaudible 8.2 dBA and goes up to merely audible 32.5 dBA under full load.

The socket compatibility list features AM1(FS1b), AM2+, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1, FM2 and FM2+ from AMD as well as sockets LGA775, LGA1150, LGA 1155 and LGA1156 from Intel.

Scythe utilizes the Easy Installation with Screw (E.I.S) mounting system for Kodati Rev. B, which allows easy and solid screw-based mounting without the need of back-plates. All mounting clips, as well as thermal grease and a manual, are supplied with the Kodati CPU Cooler.

The Scythe Kodati Rev. B CPU Cooler (SCKDT-1100) is available now for a suggested retail price of €19.70 (excl. Taxes).

Thanks to Scythe for providing us with this information

GELID Launches Slim Silence CPU Cooler for AM1

 

Just because you have a low-power AMD AM1 CPU doesn’t mean you don’t want it to be properly cooled, especially if it’s built into a tight space like 1U rack enclosure. GELID Solutions has the solution for this with their new low-profile Slim Silent AM1 CPU cooler.

The Slim Silence AM1 cooler comes with a silent 70mm ball-bearing fan that provides a high airflow and has an intelligent PWM controller which only provides the additional air flow when it is really necessary. It measures just 26mm in height, which in return makes it perfect for any slim chassis with limited space.

Sound isn’t usually a thing people worry about when building rack computers, but since this cooler is just as suited for tiny SFF cases it would be great if it wasn’t too loud. And it isn’t thanks to the PWM fan. The sound levels are rated between 15 and 27.7 dBa depending on spinning speed.

“If you are looking for an AM1 aftermarket cooler we have it with PWM too“, said Gebhard Scherrer Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd.

The Slim Silent AM1 CPU cooler comes backed by a five-year warranty and is really cheap at that. If you built a budget system on an AM1 platform, you don’t want to blow the build budget out of proportions with a pricy aftermarket cooler. The new Slim Silent AM1 cooler is available now and has an MSRP of just $11.00 in the US and €8.65 in Europe.

Thanks to GELID for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of GELID

Cooler Master Hyper 612 CPU Cooler Revealed

Cooler Master are a popular choice when it comes to CPU coolers; they’ve got some of the best high-end coolers on the market, and their budget friendly models are still some of the best selling coolers around. Now they’re back once again with their new and improved Hyper 612 Ver. 2.

The Hyper series has always been a popular choice, mostly thanks to it’s impressive price vs performance ratio and we expect the new 612 will offer the same award winning formula once again. The cooler has been designed to operate passively for completely silent performance on CPU’s of up to 95W. For those who need more performance, you can use the included PWM fan, and even add a second optional PWM fan if you need to.

  • Two different ways to mount the fan (plastic clip or wire clip)
  • Four anti-vibration rubbers
  • No interference with memory due to special design
  • Easy mounting procedure

The Hyper 612 Ver. 2 will be available in Europe from the end of this month and while price and availability will vary based on region, it’s expected to be found at most major retailers for around 39.90 EUR.

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Cooler Master.

Gelid SnowStorm CPU Cooler Released

Gelid are one of the biggest names in the cooling industry, their thermal pastes are some of the most popular among the enthusiast and overclocking communities, and their CPU coolers have often offered good performance for reasonable prices. Their latest cooler might not help you set any new benchmarking world records, but its compact heatsink design, which features three power heatpipes and a 92mm fan with PWM, will help keep your computer cool and quiet.

The SnowStorm CPU cooler has been designed with a unique fin architecture, which Gelid claim will distribute airflow equally around the heatsink. It features three direct touch heat pipes, which promise “unexpected cooling performance” and the PWM fan control is said to offer silent operation at low CPU temperatures.

Obviously not the greatest CPU cooler in the world, but for just 21 EUR and backed up with a 5 year warranty, the SnowStorm is looking like a great product for those on a tighter budget and I’m eager to find out how it performs in benchmarks, as Gelid coolers have proven reliable in the past.

Thank you Gelid for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Gelid.

Lepa LV12 CPU Cooler Now Available In Europe

LEPA are quickly securing a solid reputation in Europe, as a new brand they’ve already launched an impressive set of high-end power supplies and chassis products to market and their coolers have proven time and time again to be efficient and cost effective. Their latest product, the LEPA LV12 CPU cooler looks set to continue this trend and is now available in EU markets.

“LEPA relies on a new technique for efficient air stream conduction: Small air vents improve the air circulation inside the heat sink and increase the heat dissipation rate. The heat pipes rest directly on the CPU so that hot spots can be eliminated quickly. Due to these techniques, LEPA engineers have been able to lower down the thermal resistance of the cooler to just 0.095°C/W.” said LEPA in a recent PR.

Featuring a high quality PWM fan which comes fitted with Barometric Oil-less (BOL) bearing, which ofers silent operation and 160,000 hours MTBF, completely removable fan blades for easy maintenance, as well as a three speed PWM limiter to set the front to 800-1500 RPM, 800-1800 RPM and 800-2200 RPM to suit your cooling and acoustic performance needs.

The cooler is coated with a slick matt black colour, which not only looks great, but will also help protect the cooler from corrosion without affecting thermal performance.

The cooler will be available at major retailers any time now with an MSRP of just 36.90 EUR incl. VAT.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of TechPowerUp.

BitFenix Spectre Pro PWM and Spectre LED PWM Fan Review

Today we have with us a nice selection of fans from BitFenix. We have the 120mm and 140mm variants of the BitFenix Spectre Pro PWM series. In addition to that we also have the 120mm and 140mm variants of the BitFenix Spectre LED PWM series. It is also worth nothing the Spectre series also includes the Spectre Pro LED, Spectre Pro, Spectre, Spectre PWM and Spectre LED fans. If you aren’t confused by now then I guess you are ready for this review!

The PWM variants of the Spectre series have been designed mainly with CPU heatsink and radiator operation in mind. If you want case fans then the cheaper non PWM versions are available to suit those needs.

Full specifications of all four of these fans can be seen in below table.