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This review should have been up a couple weeks ago.
But, due to a mistake made by my part, my CPU was fried and it took a little over a week to get a new CPU in.
However, everything is sorted out and I have decided that it is best to start all over with the review (you may have seen the previous Archon review of mine) with new testing and a new cooler to put it up against. The HR-02.
On to the review!

Introduction

Coolers are always evolving.
New technologies are developed, new ideas, new metals, new looks.
They are, in a general way, like combustion engines.
The basic premise is the same throughout all of them. The same basic structure.
But through innovation and engineering, the creators of these coolers try to get as much out of them as possible.
They try to refine and improve the long-used theories of heat dissipation.
As new coolers are released, they get better and better each time.
Each time they are refined for just a little bit better performance. Companies like Thermalright and Scythe are well known for this.
What I have with me today is the latest from Thermalright.
The Archon.
Just by looking at it, you notice that it is quite a bit smaller than the big, performance monsters such as the NH-D14.
But, Thermalright, being as experienced as they are, may have a few surprises for us.
For instance, it is very thin. But, the total surface area is 1.6 times that of the Venomous X.
Could this be the cooler that matches both size with performance?
Read on my ill-conceived friend. Read on.


Edited by Contagion - 1/14/11 at 4:40pm
    
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Here is the cooler unboxed and side-by-side with the Silver Arrow.



























    
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Testing

I will be comparing it to the HR-02.
As some of you may have seen, I had it compared to the Silver Arrow in another review. But that testing was flawed.
They both will be using a single TY140 fan and tested on high and low mounting pressures.

Test System:
Intel i7 920
EVGA X58 SLI LE
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MSI GTX 470
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Testing Software:
Prime95
CPUID HWMonitor
CPUID CPU-Z

Ambient Temperature: 22C

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Low Pressure Testing (40lbs):

Archon:



Idle Temperature - 38.5C
Load Temperature - 61.25C

HR-02:



Idle Temperature - 37.75C
Load Temperature - 61C

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High Pressure Testing (70lbs):

Archon:



Idle Temperature - 39.25C
Load Temperature - 60.75C

HR-02:



Idle Temperature - 37.75C
Load Temperature - 60.5C
    
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Sometimes I just don't know what to say. Like, now, for instance.
I can go on and tell you that this cooler, being slim and light, just matched the performance of something that rides with the "big-dogs."
I can tell you about how for such a small package, you get extraordinary results.
Maybe I could rumble about how the Archon may have just topped itself on the size/performance scale.
I could tell you about how its size gives these advantages:
Doesn't cover any of the ram slots.
Makes it quieter.
Makes one fan more than enough.
Makes it lighter.
I can suggest laughing at those with huge NH-D14s while their motherboards break in half.
All of this I can tell you.
However, what I can't tell you is how Thermalright managed to do it.
Well played, Thermalright. Well played.

Thermalright Archon - 9.5/10

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I hope you guys enjoyed my review.

Special thanks to David at Thermalright.

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archon is not a bad deal compared to SA or D14 or even to HR-02 considering it's not as bulky but it also comes with hefty price tag as well. if it were right around $60 range, this will be a bingo but for $80, many people opt for SA or D14 which are even cheaper than archon and it comes with 2 fans. but i do agree this is great option for those running rams with tall heatsink like corsair dominators etc... i just wish it was tad bit cheaper...
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Nice info. Do you have exact height measurements?
My SA was listed at 160mm everywhere, but I measured two units including my own, and both were at 167mm.

I believe the Archon is listed at 170mm, but is it still taller than that???

Thanks!
    
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Good review. Thanks.
Edited by tw33k - 1/15/11 at 12:36am
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Originally Posted by hun77777 View Post
archon is not a bad deal compared to SA or D14 or even to HR-02 considering it's not as bulky but it also comes with hefty price tag as well. if it were right around $60 range, this will be a bingo but for $80, many people opt for SA or D14 which are even cheaper than archon and it comes with 2 fans. but i do agree this is great option for those running rams with tall heatsink like corsair dominators etc... i just wish it was tad bit cheaper...
The price is a little steep right now, yes, but, I'm sure it will go down really quickly. Or, I hope it does.

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Nice info. Do you have exact height measurements?
My SA was listed at 160mm everywhere, but I measured two units including my own, and both were at 167mm.

I believe the Archon is listed at 170mm, but is it still taller than that???

Thanks!
I measured mine at almost exactly 170mm from the base to the top of the heat pipes sticking out of the top.
I set it on the table upside to measure it. So that it was resting on the exposed heatpipes.


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Good review. Thanks.
Thanks.


Oh, about the conclusion... I was planning on writing like a full essay about the Archon, but after I finished it, it all just felt really redundant and unnecessary. I dunno. I just felt like the short conclusion I wrote fit better with the whole idea of the review.
    
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