First, let’s take a look at the aesthetic appeal of the Thermalright Archon SB-E X2. While the colors of the fan isn’t the color of choice for all PC builders, we found the quality of the fans included out weighed the color option. Also, with the correct hardware choice this cooler can really be pleasing to the eye. As we mentioned, the colors will match up nicely with the ASUS Sabertooth series motherboards.
The cooler’s unique slim tower design eliminated an RAM interference, which was another strong feature to this cooler. This will allow users to have more RAM options and also keep tall heat spreaders from getting in the way. Not only that, the single slim tower feature makes it easier to work with most modern motherboards in today’s market without blocking any of the heat sinks and ports. The 8 unique curved copper heat pipes help with heat dissipation and allowed the aluminum fins to exhaust the heat off the processor. One item to note here that we find important is that the installation hardware was quite close to our motherboard heatsinks, so if you plan on getting this cooler, do some research on your motherboard and the heatsink layouts for any potential problems.
When it comes to the performance of the cooler, we were quite pleased with its results, especially considering its slim design. While the cooler isn’t at the top of its class, we would rank it to be in the top 5 contenders. We saw that the Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 did a great job in thermal performance. Even with our overclock settings at 4.4ghz, we maxed out at 58c which is under Intel’s thermal MAX. On a final note for its performance, we were quite pleased with the noise factor of the 2x140mm fans and they were hardly audible even at full throttle.
Overall this cooler did a excellent job with thermal performance. The price of this cooler is a little on the higher side. We found it for $84.90 on Amazon.com. However, due to its performance per value, we feel it deserves our Great Hardware Review Award.