Thermalright has officially unveiled the latest high-performance entry in its Archon 'slim tower heatsink' family, first released back in 2010, in the form of the Archon SB-E X2.
Designed around a new mounting system, dubbed VX BTKII, the heatsink uses Thermalright's Pressure Vault Bracket design to offer adjustable pressure across all current Intel and AMD CPU sockets. The design has also been adjusted from the Archon SB-E: while the same selection of eight 6mm sintered copper heatsinks attach to a large mirror-finish nickel-plated copper contact plate, the heatsink itself is just 53mm wide excluding fans - meaning it won't get in the way for users who have large RAM coolers fitted.
The 170mm x 150mm heatsink comes equipped with two of Thermalright's TY-141 140mm 'silent' fans, using the company's Silent Torpedo fin design to provide a claimed 73.5 cubic feet per minute (CFM) airflow at a noise level of just 21dBA. Each fan is PWM controlled, spins at between 900 and 1,300RPM and adds 26.5mm to the thickness of the heatsink, and are recommended to be installed in a push-pull configuration.
What Thermalright hasn't yet shared is the performance of the unit, but the company claims that its high surface area and impressive array of heatpipes negates any issues caused by its slim nature and that it should be capable of cooling any CPU on the market today - including top-end high-TDP models from both Intel and AMD.
UK pricing for the Archon SB-E X2 has yet to be confirmed, with Thermalright launching the cooler in the US at a recommended retail proce of $99.95 including fans (around £63 excluding taxes.)
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