I wasn't sure whether to come here, or to TPU about this. I know I couldn't use Tom's Hardware, due to most of the members being from America, and Thermalright's small presence here; their products are hard to come by, unfortunately.
I have both of the coolers in the title, but what I'm finding from my particular setup is that the Silver Arrow is performing on average, a few degrees worse or within a margin of error difference, which is rather disappointing. So here I am trying to get to the bottom of this.
I'll try to provide as much info as possible.
Delidded by Silicon Lottery, and overclocked by myself to 4.5ghz at 1.18Vcore. Cache was left at 2.7ghz, but manually set to 0.82v.
Motherboard: Asus Prime X299 Deluxe
Current limit set to 200% - the next lowest option, 140%, causes shutdowns.
Power limits and power duration limits are maxed out, LLC set to level 5, and ram manually set to 3600mhz(1.35v) with primary timings of 16-19-19-39 and 1T.
Ram: G. Skill Ripjaws V 3600 quad channel, 4x 8GBs
Storage: 3 Samsung SSDs
Gpu: Gigabyte 1080Ti Gaming OC
Just last month, I mounted a NZXT Kraken G12 + Fractal Design Celsius S36 on it. The stock fans were replaced with an NF-A9 and 3x NF-S12As.
Power supply: Seasonic Prime Titanium 750w
Chassis: Cooler Master H500P Mesh
I DIY'ed a mesh panel for the top, but it doesn't appear to affect thermals much, if at all. But I can switch between them at will. The mesh mod was used for the cooler testing.
Front intake, push-pull: 3x NF-A14s > Celsius S36 > 3x NF-S12As
Rear exhaust: NF-A14
Top: alternated between intake, exhaust, intake + exhaust, and nothing.
Testing was done using only Cinebench R20(30 mins), and NT-H2 thermal paste was used - I think I went through an entire small tube of this trying to get this to work...
Room ambient was around 25C. I don't know the temp of the intake air, but I imagine it wasn't much higher than that since R20 doesn't work the gpu at all.
All fans were being run at max.
What I've tried with the above fan setup:
A)Ok, so the Silver Arrow's fans to move quite a bit more air, so perhaps I need stronger exhaust fans?
2x NF-A14 top exhaust - later changed to a single top exhaust, as the first fan was discovered to not really do anything.
NF-IPPC 3000 rear exhaust... this should be able to keep up, right? Wrong, it did worse than the original config.
B)Maybe it's not getting enough fresh air?
2x NF-A14 top intake.
Result: nope, try again.
C)1 top intake + 1 top exhaust.
C)Ok, perhaps the top and rear installed NF-A14s just aren't doing this cooler any favors?
Removed - let the cooler do it's thing.
D)Maybe, just maybe... I'm not installing this cooler correctly? That little plate that has to be aligned on top of the cooler's base plate is a little tricky...
Result: I think I saw more of a difference from this than moving/changing the top and rear fans out. The results still weren't impressive though.
Forgot to mention that I used the 5 dot paste method for the cpu.
E)ALRIGHT. Maybe my chassis airflow sucks.
Removed the front, side, and top panels. Top panel: a single exhaust.
Result: Well bud, it isn't your airflow... so if even that failed, that means the problem is the cooler itself?