Thermalright Silver Arrow Reviewairman - August 10, 2010
Category: CPU Cooling
Thermalright has always been a well known manufacturer in the overclocking and cooling world. I remember when I began working with high performance and gaming computers almost ten years ago, Thermalright was still well established and a coveted brand for high end cooling products. Though slightly less common now, Thermalright still maintains some of the best products with a great reputation for CPU and GPU cooling solutions, along with solutions for RAM and motherboard chipsets. One of the latest products from Thermalright is the Silver Arrow. Nearly identical to the Cogage Arrow, the Thermalright Silver Arrow is a giant aluminum and copper cooler equipped with four massive heatpipes and room for three 120mm or 140mm fans. It has been several years since I've owned a Thermalright product, but I was extremely pleased with its performance back then and I expect just as much out of the Silver Arrow. In this review, I will perform a complete evaluation of the cooler from its unboxing, physical features, specifications, installation, and testing.
Thermalright has always been very minimalistic in its packaging as far as graphics and flashy logos go on its boxes. Typically, a Thermalright product will arrive in a plain brown cardboard box with black lettering simply letting the new owner know what they have received - that is it. The Silver Arrow comes packaged this way in a brown cardboard box with the Thermalright logo across the top and the Silver Arrow text across the sides.
The Silver Arrow is packaged very well and is snug in a block of styrofoam and wrapped in a plastic bag. The included fans are also protected in this block of styrofoam and the accessories box is located on the side. The accessories box includes all required mounting hardware, two sets of four rubber pads for vibration dampening on the fans, fan clips, a quickstart guide and a user's manual, and a small tube of Thermalright's "Chill Factor" thermal paste.
Even before the fans have been installed, the Silver Arrow is a noticeably large cooler. However, for its massive size, it is not terribly heavy. The next page will be a closer look of the Silver Arrow with an evaluation of its construction and installation.