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Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 Review

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Shirty 3rd April 2013, 14:33 Quote
What a brilliant performance... but it's MASSIVE!

For those who don't need the few degrees Celsius premium I'd still recommend a Corsair Hydro at a similar price point.
Jipa 3rd April 2013, 15:32 Quote
Thermalright cooler reviews are boring, because the name alone says it all. They just don't produce crap, do they?
Fingers66 3rd April 2013, 15:36 Quote
Is it me or is the cooler VERY close to the back of the GPU in your photo of the 2011 rig?

Any GPU's with backplates will clash won't they?
SchizoFrog 3rd April 2013, 15:39 Quote
Great review and a great performance, but why does it have to be such an awful colour? Why can't they at least offer plain black fans if they don't want to get in to the various colour ranges?
Even without a case with a window it would bug the hell out of me knowing that was in there.
Xir 3rd April 2013, 16:51 Quote
Impressive, so aircooling isn't as dead as often said

Shame the Macho isn't in the testing list, would have been nice to see it compared to this one

Anyway, a question:
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Trust us when we say that trying to turn a wrench inside a component filled enclosure
Threy're all thumbscrews, what wrench?
pbryanw 3rd April 2013, 18:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Threy're all thumbscrews, what wrench?
Excuse me if I'm wrong but I think Matthew was referring to Thermalright's Pressure Vault Bracket System:
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However, the Archon SB-E X2 also utilises what Thermalright has named its new and proprietary Pressure Vault Bracket System, whereby a bolt in the middle of the pressure plate can be tightened, thus applying direct downward force on the centre of the baseplate.
jrs77 3rd April 2013, 18:23 Quote
After having tested some AIO watercoolers I'm aswell back to good old aircooling, as a good aircooler is allmost as good and in most cases more silent actually.

Other badass-aircoolers that can compete with a Corsair H100 are the Phanteks PH-TC14PE or the Silverstone Heligon HE01 for example.
SchizoFrog 3rd April 2013, 19:11 Quote
Speaking of which, why wasn't the Phanteks PH-TC14PE in the test when it is mentioned in the conclusion? I know you can't compare every cooler but it does offer better performance while offering the colour options as mentioned. If you needed to cut down the table surely we do not need to see all 3 settings for the water coolers.
thom804 3rd April 2013, 20:33 Quote
Bleh, not enough of a difference to make me change out my Tranquillo. I'll keep saving for a Kraken then I guess.
blackworx 3rd April 2013, 22:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by Jipa
Thermalright cooler reviews are boring, because the name alone says it all. They just don't produce crap, do they?

+1

Consistently outstanding design and build quality.
enciem 3rd April 2013, 22:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Great review and a great performance, but why does it have to be such an awful colour? Why can't they at least offer plain black fans if they don't want to get in to the various colour ranges?
Even without a case with a window it would bug the hell out of me knowing that was in there.

I reckon horrible coloured fans have been adopted as a mark of quality in the cooler market. The fan colours and the clips they're using here look a lot like the Noctua coolers I had
Xir 4th April 2013, 07:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by pbryanw
Excuse me if I'm wrong but I think Matthew was referring to Thermalright's Pressure Vault Bracket System:
Yup, which has a thumbscrew right smack in the middle of it, firdt page, last picture. ;)

AHa, the central pressure thingy is a thumbscrew, but the plate holding it has bolts.
fluxtatic 4th April 2013, 10:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by SchizoFrog
Great review and a great performance, but why does it have to be such an awful colour? Why can't they at least offer plain black fans if they don't want to get in to the various colour ranges?
Even without a case with a window it would bug the hell out of me knowing that was in there.

Seriously? It's been a little while since I've needed to get into my case, and I couldn't even tell you what color fans I have in there at all, HSF or case fans.

I'm not arguing your main point, though - they are pretty heinous. Slightly better than than the weird fleshy tones of Noctua fans, but not much.
Kasius 4th April 2013, 14:59 Quote
Even with its vast enormity it still looks smaller than my Frio, might be time to trade the ole' dog out.
pbryanw 4th April 2013, 19:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xir
Yup, which has a thumbscrew right smack in the middle of it, firdt page, last picture. ;)

AHa, the central pressure thingy is a thumbscrew, but the plate holding it has bolts.
Ah, thought it might be too obvious. So the plate holding the new Pressure System down is what BT were on about re: the wrench - mystery solved :)
MeddlE 4th April 2013, 21:37 Quote
Still using my IFX-14 with 2 x TY140 fans running at minimum speed. Keeps my Q9650 in the low 50's while running BF3. If I had to replace it it would be with another Thermalright product.
TheDarkSide 6th April 2013, 11:55 Quote
i have a silver arrow, so does this one slot above it or below it in terms of performance? can't really tell.
Anyway thermalright do indeed make quality producs, but i'm going to echo others in that i don't understand why they can't just make black fans? i actually replaced the TY on my cooler with corsair SP fans just because of that.
MeddlE 6th April 2013, 12:22 Quote
I pick my products based on performance and not on aesthetics.
WALKYRIE 8th April 2013, 09:11 Quote
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Originally Posted by enciem


I reckon horrible coloured fans have been adopted as a mark of quality in the cooler market.

I agree, another awful beige fan
.//TuNdRa 8th April 2013, 09:31 Quote
Which is a total shame, because I'm running the standard Archon with two of those aforementioned terrible colour fans attached and it's bloody marvellous.

Admittedly; the fans are more blue with beige casing in my case, but I don't mind that, since it's whisper quiet, cools my FX to a level that I had to go to custom watercooling to surpass, and you only break one or two fingers fitting it to an AMD system.

As for concerns that it'd contact the back of the GPU; It depends on the thickness of the backplate. I've got what looks like a little under three centimetres of room between the side of the Archon and the back of one of my 550s, so I think a card with a Backplate would fit, but only with milimetres to spare.
TheDarkSide 8th April 2013, 20:29 Quote
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Originally Posted by MeddlE
I pick my products based on performance and not on aesthetics.

i'm guessing you don't have a side window on your case?
MeddlE 8th April 2013, 21:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheDarkSide
i'm guessing you don't have a side window on your case?

Actually I do but I find I spend more time looking at my screen than the internals of my PC.
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