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The Silver Arrow is currently the best air cooler you can buy. The only issue is that it does have some clearance issues with the RAM so unless you remove the fan or do something they won't clear your RAM heat sinks. Following the Silver Arrow is the Noctua NH-D14 and as already shown you should be able to use your RAM with that heat sink. The Archon is definitely not up there with the best coolers and as a matter or fact it performs about 4 degrees worse then the Sivler Arrow.
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So if I get the Noctua cooler, I should be good in terms of clearance over the RAM? Or do I have to adjust the cooler to fit it?

BTW, my other question was never answered - How good is the Cooler Master V8 or V10? And what about clearance on the V10?
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V10's not very good. The V8 is just a marketing gizmo.
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post #14 of 129
Quote:
Originally Posted by VW_TDI_02;11943086 
The Silver Arrow is currently the best air cooler you can buy. The only issue is that it does have some clearance issues with the RAM so unless you remove the fan or do something they won't clear your RAM heat sinks. Following the Silver Arrow is the Noctua NH-D14 and as already shown you should be able to use your RAM with that heat sink. The Archon is definitely not up there with the best coolers and as a matter or fact it performs about 4 degrees worse then the Sivler Arrow.

I thought the Archon could perform just as well as the Silver Arrow if not better in some situations if you added a 2nd TY-140 to it?
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Hukepi;11943547 
I thought the Archon could perform just as well as the Silver Arrow if not better in some situations if you added a 2nd TY-140 to it?

Nope
http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/909341-thermalright-archon-testing-analysis-contagious-reviews.html


And the Silver Arrow beats the HR-02
http://www.overclock.net/air-cooling/856080-thermalright-silver-arrow-hr-02-testing.html
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When new data shows up, you have to at the very least doubt your prior conclusions until more data clarifies the issues.

ATM, I'm not going to recommend the Archon any more until we get further comparisons.
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I currently have an i7-950 @ 4ghz with 1.272v and the NH-D14 keeps it at 29* idle and 65* heavy load with P95.

I'm thoroughly impressed with the amount of heat this thing can move with stock fans.
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Thanks for the link to the review, I haven't read that one yet but according to the data there you're right the Silver Arrow is better which actually makes me happy since I preferred the look of the massive size of the Silver Arrow.

I was just going by the review here http://preview.tinyurl.com/2vylgh7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HobieCat;11942527 
This image shows the clearance on a silver arrow:

silverarrow.jpg

As to can see it's an extremely tight fit with just generic heat spreaders on the ram, so it wouldn't be able to clear your Vengeance ram. If you changed the fan configuration however (one in the middle and one at the back) I think it might be able to fit, but I don't know if the performance would suffer because of that.

If thats anything like my true, which it looks like, you can easily move the fan up a bit to make room for the ram.

The wires there that hold the fan on clip on the sides and not the top and bottom.
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