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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-22-2019, 01:29 PM - Thread Starter
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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.

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Original Silver Arrow is still a very good cooler. First Thermalright twin tower was IFX-14 in 2007 .. and it's still a great cooler.

Phanteks Owners Club Ways to Better Cooling
i7 980 @ 3.55GHz =PH-TC14PE w/2x TY-143 fans =Crucial Ballistix 3x4GB =GA-X58A-UD5 =ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II =Enermax Modu84+ =Define R2 w/3x TY-140 case intake fans; all PWM controlled by CPU fan socketPhanteks Enthoo Primo MoBo Rampage III Extreme CPUi7 980X
@ 4.0GHz =R1 Ultimate w/2x TY-143 fans =Dominator GT 6x2GB =Rampage III Extreme =ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II =TX850 =Enthoo Primo w/ custom castor base

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Thanks, I’ve never seen that one, good to know!
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Thanks, I’ve never seen that one, good to know!
You are welcome.


Original Silver Arrow calledin 2007 IFX-14 had a heatpipe heatsink backplate that fit on back of motherboard. Next was first Silver Arrow without back heatsink, then Silver Arrow SB-E (and Extreme with 2500rpm TY-143 fans), then came Silver Arrow IB-E (and Extreme) and now we have a few more including smaller Silver Arrow 130, Silver Arrow TR6, Silver Arrow TR8, Sivler Arrow TR8, plus some sold only in orient / China.

Phanteks Owners Club Ways to Better Cooling
i7 980 @ 3.55GHz =PH-TC14PE w/2x TY-143 fans =Crucial Ballistix 3x4GB =GA-X58A-UD5 =ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II =Enermax Modu84+ =Define R2 w/3x TY-140 case intake fans; all PWM controlled by CPU fan socketPhanteks Enthoo Primo MoBo Rampage III Extreme CPUi7 980X
@ 4.0GHz =R1 Ultimate w/2x TY-143 fans =Dominator GT 6x2GB =Rampage III Extreme =ASUS GTX580 DirectCU II =TX850 =Enthoo Primo w/ custom castor base
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