Thermalright Silver Arrow vs Noctua NH-D15S apple to apple
I have the Thermalright Silver Arrow (the original version, with no letters behind) for a while, I’ve always wondered how it performs compared to the “go to” recommendation from Noctua NH-D15. That said what I have is the offset version NH-D15S.
The Silver Arrow is 820g without fan, the NH-D15S is heavier at 980g without fan. Personally I find the weight of the heatsink to be a rather reliable marker of its performance.
I am mildly annoyed at the state of CPU heatsink review, it looks to me they are more like a comparison of the included fans than the heatsink itself. So here is quick and dirty non scientific apple to apple comparison from me that you never ask for, just to satisfy my personal curiosity. So take it or leave it.
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 1700 @ 3700GHz
Fans: 2 x Thermalright TY-143 @ 12V
Thermal paste: Noctua NT-H1
Intel Burn Test @ Maximum 1 pass, peak CPU temperature is then noted with HWInfo64 after the run. All heatsinks use the same thermal paste and fans at the same voltage.
Thermalright Silver Arrow: 63.8 deg C
Noctua NH-D15S: 63.0 deg C
AMD Wraith Spire LED (stock fan): 90 deg C
Ambient: 30 deg C
A disclaimer though, the Silver Arrow surfaces are all tarnished because of its age, while the NH-D15S is shiny new, this may or may not make a difference.
There you go, not bad for an “ancient” heatsink. I think a good heatsink never goes out of style.
Last edited by Navyblue; 04-22-2019 at 02:01 PM.