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Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 CPU Cooler Review

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   This summer maybe almost over but temperatures are still holding strong but even if this was not the case still a high-performance CPU Cooler is always a good thing to have regardless of season. Of course with the increasing amount of AIO (all in one) liquid CPU Cooler models around if you are into serious overclocking one of the high-end dual radiator solutions is without doubt the most ideal solution however for people who just want to do a mild overclock to their systems and require good performance even normal CPU Air Coolers are sufficient. Thermalright introduced the very good Archon SB-E CPU Cooler quite a long time ago but since some people required even a higher cooling efficiency Thermalright decided to release the dual fan Archon SB-E X2 solution and since quite a few of you have been requesting that we take it for a spin that's exactly what we did.

 

   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 the new Archon SB-E X2 and the previous Archon SB-E share the same name (leaving out the X2) in reality they have but one very large difference and that's the model and number of equipped fans. So whereas the original Archon SB-E is equipped with a single TY-150 150mm PWM fan (1100RPM/84CFM/23dBA) the new Archon SB-E X2 comes outfitted with two TY-141 140mm PWM fans (1300RPM/73.6CFM/21dBA) which should further improve its cooling efficiency. Now i don't know exactly why Thermalright chose to use smaller fans especially since the 10CFM difference between the 150mm and the 140mm models might be enough to produce even better results but knowing how they work there must have been a reason behind it. The main heatsink body remains roughly the same (there are some tiny differences such as 44 aluminum fins instead of 50) so owners of the original would be far better off adding a 2nd TY-150 in push & pull (and they should also get better performance numbers). So let's see how the latest version of the Archon does when accompanied with not one but two of the latest fan model to roll out from Thermalright the TY-141.