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Full article: http://www.xbitlabs.com/articles/coolers/display/swiftech-h20-x20-edge_8.html#sect0

The results are frankly quite shocking. I was expecting the watercooling system with a 3x120 Radiator to completely destroy the Archon, but it doesn't.

With the Apogee XTL waterblock, the water cooling system with fans @ 2140 RPM and pump @ 4500 RPM is only 8C better than an Archon. For 3x the cost, that's not such a major improvement at all. And at similar noise levels, the water cooling system is only about 2C better.

Anyone think that maybe xbit messed up their testing somehow? I still find the results hard to believe.

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And the noise levels speak for themselves in favor of the air cooler:
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Edited by 996gt2 - 7/26/11 at 5:16pm
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If that's true, it's quite interesting...
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If the results are indeed true, I wonder how a D14 or Silver Arrow would do against the watercooling kit since they tend to be a bit better than the Archon once the heat load increases.
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Originally Posted by 996gt2;14358258 
If the results are indeed true, I wonder how a D14 or Silver Arrow would do against the watercooling kit since they tend to be a bit better than the Archon once the heat load increases.
I still do not what to think about the Archon, I've seen reviews where the Archon is better than the SA and also the other way around...
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I still do not what to think about the Archon, I've seen reviews where the Archon is better than the SA and also the other way around...

Same. Although I much prefer the Archon's tall and thin design to the Silver Arrow's "you'll never see your motherboard again" dimensions.
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Same. Although I much prefer the Archon's tall and thin design to the Silver Arrow's "you'll never see your motherboard again" dimensions.
Me too tongue.gif, that's why I'm interested in the Archon hehe
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The Archon has been right there with the D14 and SA in benches. The thing that hurts the Archon is the compatibility with rigs.
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Me too , that's why I'm interested in the Archon hehe

You have a TRUE, your good to go, excellent coolers. I had a copper TRUE, wish i never sold it.
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Same. Although I much prefer the Archon's tall and thin design to the Silver Arrow's "you'll never see your motherboard again" dimensions.
I don't have a window so it does not matter to me.
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I don't have a window so it does not matter to me.

You don't need a window to experience the downsides of a deep and wide CPU cooler (such as RAM slots getting blocked).
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If this is true, I'm pretty sure I'm set on the Archon. I was surprised when their results for the Archon review surpassed the Silver Arrow. I like the Archon better though since it won't cover up any of your RAM slots. Plus, I don't want a hole on my motherboard where my cpu is...wait, that would be was. biggrin.gif
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Same. Although I much prefer the Archon's tall and thin design to the Silver Arrow's "you'll never see your motherboard again" dimensions.

Haha. That plus the hole where your cpu is I mean was weight compared to the "chances of a hole on your mobo where your cpu is/was = 0%".
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