Today we look at a very compact cooler in our Silverstone AR06 Review.
Silverstone AR06 Review – Packaging and Bundle
We get familiar packaging from Silverstone due to this being an Argon series cooler, just like the AR02 that we recently reviewed. The box gives us a nice clear image of the cooler on the front along with key information on the specifications. That info is repeated in various languages on the back and then inside we find the bundled items. First up is a guide on how to install the cooler, then we have thermal paste and finally a set of components for installing on Intel (115x) and AMD sockets (AM2/3 and FM 1/2).
Silverstone AR06 Review – The Cooler
The AR06 is shown above and arrives with the fan already attached. This is a 92mm PWM model with noise rating of 20-28.3dBA and RPM reading of 1200-2500RPM with 40.2CFM(max). The cooler measures 105x92x58mm with fan and weighs 263g (without fan). We have a block of aluminium fins and running through them are four direct contact copper heatpipes with a diameter of 6mm. Silverstone note that CPUs of 95w are supported, more if our case airflow is good.
Silverstone AR06 Review – Installation
Installation of the AR06 is very simple, we select the bars which match our CPU type and then screw them in place after attaching the screws which will secure the cooler to our board. We apply the thermal paste to the CPU and then place on the cooler, flipping the board over to secure it in place on the back of the board. It takes no more than 5 minutes from start to finish.
Silverstone AR06 Review – Performance and Conclusion
Testing was performed on an ASRock A88X board with AMD A10-7850K APU. We tested at stock settings and then manually overclocked to 4.2GHz.
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AMD A10-7850K @ 4.2GHz
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Before we talk about performance, a few notes on the overall design and build quality of the cooler. Firstly it looks great with the blue and white colour scheme. It doesnt necessarily go that well with red and black boards and a version with a black/red fan would be appreciated but overall no huge issues. The cooler feels well assembled, we noted no defects on the finish, and there are little touches of quality such as the decent braiding on the wiring which add to the overall good impression.
Installation of the cooler is very easy and very quick. It would be nice if Silverstone pre-installed the retention screws at the factory to save time (even if that means installing two sets and increasing the cost by a few pence) but other than that we can’t really fault this aspect. So that brings us to performance where the cooler easily manages to outperform the stock AMD model as well as the comparable model from Noctua. That goes for both stock speeds, and with a reasonable overclock. And all while running very quiet, which is a nice bonus.
With an RRP of £30 the Silverstone AR06 is competitively priced and that mixed with a decent install process and good performance means it wins our recommended award.