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We are finally half way through the summer and i can't really say I’ll be missing it, not when temperatures here reach up to 43 degrees Celsius. Certainly each season offers different things and although i love the sea i have to admit that I’m more of a winter person myself as are most people i know (especially the ones who do the same job). However since we are still in the summer period i can't think of a more suitable review than a review surrounding one of the latest CPU Coolers to hit the market and more specifically the SB-E (Sandy bridge-E) compatible version of the award winning Archon by Thermalright.
Thermalright is an elite design house that manufactures cooling products for computer components for the best quality and performance your money can buy. In 2002, AMD released its first generation Thunderbird CPU and since then we have been there every step of the way to counter high voltage and high heat with innovative design and highly acclaimed cooling solutions not only for AMD but for Intel as well. One of early well known solutions was the SK-6. With many positive and rave reviews under its belt Thermalright bolted to the top as the heat sink manufacturer mostly preferred by Overclockers and enthusiasts around the World. To this day, innovation never left our vocabulary as we keep coming up with leading edge designs staying ahead of the competition.
Although at first glance the previous Archon Rev.A unit is identical with the SB-E version Thermalright has performed one single improvement specs-wise so compared to the previous Archon Rev.A version the new Archon SB-E comes with a grand total of eight 6mm nickel plated copper heatpipes instead of the 6 of in the Rev.A so the additional 2 heatpipes should increase the units cooling efficiency quite a bit, especially at high loads. Improvements aside however the cooler comes bundled with the same low-noise 150mm 1100RPM PWM fan (TY150) as its predecessor so i don't really expect them to be worlds apart in terms of performance. So let's move forward and see just how well the new Archon SB-E compares with its immediate competition.