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SilverStone SST-AR03 CPU Cooler Heatsink Review

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SilverStone SST-AR03 CPU Cooler Heatsink Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology, Co., Ltd.
Product Name: Argon Series Heatsink Cooler
Model Number: SST-AR03
UPC: 844761009984
Price As Tested: $47.99 (Amazon | NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone.

SilverStone may be known for their cooling, but not necessarily their CPU coolers. As a company, they’ve brought forward many innovations and unique, successful approaches to the ATX case standard with their AP series fans and rotated motherboard enclosures. It’s not that SilverStone is a stranger to CPU cooling – there were the Nitrogen special-application series before the new Argon series, as well as the Heligon high-performance line of heat-sinks. The Argon AR01, AR02, and AR03 are all designed to be more accessible alternatives for enthusiasts, with each model fulfilling a specific purpose. Sporting six 6mm direct-contact heatpipes and a 140mm wide tower-style heatsink assembly, the AR03 is the top option available in the Argon family with the most cooling capacity. Benchmark Reviews will have a chance to find out if the AR03 belongs at the top of the Argon family.

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Features & Specifications

Model No.
SST-AR03
Material
Copper heat pipes with aluminum fins
Application
Intel Socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011
AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2
Heat Pipe Type
Ø6mm heat-pipe x 6
Cooling System
120mm x 120mm x 25mm fan
Noise
16.4-33.5 dBA
Bearing
Sleeve Bearing
Net Weight
560g (without fan)
Voltage Rating (V)
12V
Start Voltage (V)
≤7V
Air Flow (CFM)
37.2~81.4CFM
Speed (R.P.M.)
1000~2200RPM
Life Expectance (hrs)
40,000 hours
Dimension
140mm (W) x 50mm (D) x 159mm (H) (without Fan)


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