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Thermalright Archon 6 Heatpipe CPU Cooler Unboxing and Review

Introduction

Thermalright is known for creating some of the best CPU coolers on the market. This round they have out done even themselves. After releasing the HR-02 and Silver Arrow I wondered what could be better or next in line? It didn't take long for Thermalright to answer that question with the Archon. The Archon is the latest in there line of impressive tower style coolers. The Archon is sort of a more evolved TRUE120/Venomous X design. Featuring six 6mm copper heatpipes arranged for maximum cooling when combined with 140mm fans. The call it there armor style fin array and it looks to be pretty effective upon first glance. The construction and included accessories are top notch which is typical of Thermalright. Now lets take closer look at the Archon CPU heatsink.


Product Features

Large Armor style fin array with dissipating area up to 150mm x 125mm

Max width of 55mm, tall memory heat spreaders friendly

Six sintered heatpipe design, all heatpipes are nickel plated, to slow the oxidation deterioration to the heatpipe, to ensure longer usage and performance of the heatsink for the CPU

Supports Multiple-Platforms AMD and Intel

Pressure Valve adjustment included for Intel, adjustable from 40~70 lbs

Includes a Thermalright TY-140 PWM fan, Ultra low noise 21 dBA @ ~1300 RPM

Fan-clips are compatible with both 140mm and 120mm fan

Improved installation methods, provides easy mounting and gives better overall compatibility

Mirrored Copper base, with quality craftsmanship.

Technical Specifications

Heatsink
Dimensions- L 155mm × W 53mm× H 170mm
Weight- 806g (Excluding fan and Mounting brackets)
Heatpipes- 6x 6mm sintered copper heatpipe
Base- C1100 Pure copper nickel plated with mirror shine
Construction- Nickel-plated Copper cooling block Aluminum heatpipes and fins



Cooling Fan
Dimension- L 160mm x H 140mm x W 26.5mm
Color- Gun metal blue blades and olive frame
Fan speed- 900~1300RPM (PWM)
Noise- 19~21dBA
Airflow- 56~73CFM
Power Cable- Black Sleeved 4 Pin PWM Connector(approx 10 inches)
Duty cycle= 100% MAX 2.40 W / MAX. 0.20 Amp
Duty cycle= 0%~30% MAX.1.20 W / MAX. 0.10Amp
Note:The TY-140 utilizes a hydrostatic bearing which is self-lubricating and performs properly in any mounting orientation. Static pressure is not officially listed, but reviews have shown it to be around 1.9 mmH20 at full speed.



CPU Compatibility

Intel 775/1155/1156/1366
AMD AM2/AM2+AM3

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Edited by Rick Arter - 1/7/11 at 12:20pm
    
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TY-140 140mm Fan

Impressive, powerful, and silent as CPU cooler fans or case fans






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CPU- E4500 @ 3.0GHz 1.42v
MB- BIOSTAR T-Power i45
RAM- 2x1GB Corsair DDR2-900
GPU- Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic
PSU- Corsair TX750 750W
Case- Custom Tech Station
OS- Windows Vista x64

Configuration and Methodology

Ambient Temp- Fluctuated between 24c and 25c
Stress Test- OCCT v3.0.1, small data set, 1 hour auto, normal priority
CPU Config- Manual Vcore, speedstep/CE1 disabled

I tested this the way an average user would by opening the box, installing per directions, and testing. I got lucky and received great results without having to remount the cooler. I noticed the cooler seemed a bit loose with normal bracket tension. I did try out the pressure valve adjustment and cranked it up about half turn. I will say if you messed around might be able to drop 1-2c more, but most are not worried about that. As long as your CPU is running within its operating range or overloading the heatsink your fine. My ambient temps are a bit higher them most reviewers. Which I find compensates a bit for running a tech station instead of a case. I would like to bet with a ambient temp around 20-22c and a decent case, max temps would be similar if not better. I decided to run a simple 1 hour small data set run in OCCT. At this clock speed and voltage the stock 65nm copper core Intel cooler could not keep up. I listed idle/load temps but no graphs or photos. Under load at 1.4+v the stock cooler lasted about 2 mins before I shut it down.

Intel 65nm Retail Cooler vs. Archon Cooler Temp Results

Retail Intel Cooler Results

Idle Temp
Lowest: 38c
Average: 40c-44c

Load Temp
Max: 80c+
Average: NA

Thermalright Archon Cooler Results

Idle Temp
Lowest: 32c
Average: 33c-35c



Load Temp

Max: 63c
Average: 61c-63c


Note: Linpack was run before OCCT and 69c in HW Monitor was max temps

Conclusion

The Archon CPU cooler from Thermalright really speaks for itself on performance. If you are looking for a heatsink that is efficient, elegant, and silent this is for you. Seems the improved base and spread out heatpipe array helped when combined with the included 140mm TY140 fan. Adding another TY-140 fan would have brought temps down slightly and will be tested in future. I will be doing a full temp comparison between the Archon, Silver Arrow, and HR-02 real soon. To see who is really the king of the coolers.

Rating: 4.5/5

Website: http://www.thermalright.com/

More Info: http://www.thermalright.com/products...=172&cat_id=27

I would like to thank Thermalright for providing this product for review purposes.
Edited by Rick Arter - 1/6/11 at 6:51pm
    
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where's part 2 of that video? looks awesome... where's the cheapest place to order one?

if you have access to thermalright, can you ask if they would consider group buy? lol
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where's part 2 of that video? looks awesome... where's the cheapest place to order one?

if you have access to thermalright, can you ask if they would consider group buy? lol
I am working on the final review and temp video today as well as the final shaman temp video. Just been so busy with everything in my life taking longer then expected.

For the Archon I am going to remount it and see why it seems a bit loose. All of the brackets appears exactly the same between the new thermalright coolers. However I think I will swap out the brackets I have now which are the HR-02 and use the Archon. Just to be sure there isn't a physical problem with the set up. Temps are good but they are higher then they were when I first tested it. Now when I make the video review I will try and get it mounted perfect and do single vs push/pull fans.

Thanks for checking out my review and video good day.
    
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Wouldn't it be great to have a TR cooler with a Noctua mount?
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Wouldn't it be great to have a TR cooler with a Noctua mount?
Actually I prefer the TR mount but never used a Nochua before, so not saying there mounting brackets aren't nice. Only gripe I have is the fan clips that only support thinner style fans.
    
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Actually I prefer the TR mount but never used a Nochua before, so not saying there mounting brackets aren't nice. Only gripe I have is the fan clips that only support thinner style fans.
You mean the TR fan clips, right? There are Megahalems clips for 25mm and 38mm fans. And both clips work fine with the D14 - see item 4 in my sig.
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Wouldn't it be great to have a TR cooler with a Noctua mount?
To be fair, the Thermalright mount is very good. I had no trouble installing and uninstalling the Silver Arrow and HR-02 when I was testing them.
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To be fair, the Thermalright mount is very good. I had no trouble installing and uninstalling the Silver Arrow and HR-02 when I was testing them.
You really have to get your hands on a Prolimatech or a Noctua mount to appreciate the difference. Unfortunately part of the Noctua mounting system is built into the heatsink itself. But it's the very best.
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Thanks for the review.


So your @ 63c on a dual core @ 3ghz?

Over @ xbit, they got 79c @ 4.45, full load on a 980x. Are the C2D's that hot?
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