SilverStone Argon Series AR01 CPU Cooler Review



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SilverStone make some of the best air CPU coolers in the industry at both the high performance premium end of the market and cost-effective budget end of the market. Today we have with us an offering from SilverStone that is very much a budget offering. The SilverStone AR01 is part of SilverStone’s Argon series of CPU coolers and this particular unit will be one of three, the AR01, AR02 and AR03. The AR02 will be a shrunken version of the AR01 and the AR03 will be a higher performance version using six heat pipes designed for bigger CPUs like LGA 2011 and LGA 1366.

Below you can see the product specifications of the SilverStone AR01 which we are taking a look at today and the key things to note are a single PWM 120mm fan and three 8mm heat pipes.

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From the packaging and product photograph we can see baby-blue and white is the colour scheme SilverStone have chosen. Quite a bold one and there are not many other products, if any at all, on the market that use this kind of colour scheme.

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  • d6bmg

    Product looks good. Cooler color combo with good performance.
    And nice review. ;)

  • http://twitter.com/Skidmarksdeluxe Wayne

    At one time I swore by self contained liquid coolers for normal & slight overclocking use but now I’m not so sure. There’s nothing wrong with this one, not even the colour.

  • marty1408

    It is amazing to see how much a different colored fan makes a simple cooler stand out from the crowd. Well done.

  • TamiyaGuy

    This actually looks very nice. I suppose the large question for me,
    though, would be how does it compare to the “Big Daddy” of budget CPU
    coolers, the Hyper 212 Evo? I was under the impression that the 412 Slim
    and 212 Evo had similar performance, and if that’s the case, then
    surely this actually provides similar, if not better, performance than the 212?

    Could anyone give me a quick confirm/deny as to the AR01’s performance relating to the 212 Evo?

    • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

      Hi, I have just got a CM Hyper 212 EVO in I will be testing that in the coming weeks and updating these graphs.

      • Jack

        Can’t wait! Looking forward to the comparison of AR01 and 212 EVO. Shopping for a cooler for Haswell build.

        • http://www.eteknix.com/ Ryan Martin

          I can say that the Zalman CNPS10X Optima beat the CM212 EVO in my testing, I will be publishing the CM 212 EVO review soon ;)

      • TamiyaGuy

        Awesome! Thanks for the update, I’ll be sure to check back regularly. I eagerly await the results, thanks again!