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Matching CPU to Heatsink Cooler: Does It Matter?

By Tom Jaskulka

Back when I was given an opportunity to review SilverStone’s new Argon series of coolers, the system I was using at the time for testing CPU coolers was based on an AM3+ processor. The AR03 was recommended out of the two for my platform, due to it’s larger physical size than a Socket 1155 CPU – for which the smaller AR01 would be more appropriate.

This generated some questions for me – exactly how much of a difference does this make? How important is it to pick an appropriate cooler for your platform, and what exactly does that even mean? Ultimately they’re all just a chunk of metal that transfers some heat, right? I took the opportunity to compare the AR01 and AR03 Argon coolers from SilverStone on two different platforms to see some data. I had a theory, now it’s time to put it to the test!

AR01_Items

AR03_Items

I don’t foresee any fundamental scientific discoveries here (a lot of the following information will fall under the “common sense” category), but I was curious what the difference between these two coolers would be on different-sized CPUs. What follows is a short summary of what I found!

Features & Specifications

Model No. SST-AR01
Material Copper heat pipes with aluminum fins
Application Intel Socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011 AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2
Heat Pipe Type Ø8mm heat-pipe x 3
Cooling System 120mm x 120mm x 25mm fan
Noise 16.4-33.5 dBA
Bearing Sleeve Bearing
Net Weight 420g (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 120mm (W) x 50mm (D) x 159mm (H) (without Fan)

 

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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