Low-Profile SilverStone Argon AR06 Cooler Review

Each manufacturer which deals with CPU coolers tries to enrich its portfolio with products of various segments. SilverStone has gone ahead in this aspect, offering as entry-level so top-notch coolers. The AR06, a representative of Argon Series, is a low-profile model targeting entry-level and mainstream PC systems. Why giving preference exactly to this model? Let’s find it out.



Highlights


SilverStone AR06 features the following specifications:

— type: air cooler with active airflow;

— compatibility with motherboards: Socket Intel LGA115x, Socket AMD FM1, FM2, AM2, AM3;

— cooling performance: 95 W TDP;

— fan specs: dimensions: 92x92x15 mm, voltage – 12 V, rotational speed – 1200-2500 RPM, airflow – 68.3 m3/h, noise level – 20-28.3 dBA, bearing type – rifle, MTBF – 40.000 hours;

— heatsink specs: dimensions: 58x105x92 mm; weight – 263 mm, aluminum fins, 4x copper heatpipes, direct CPU contact;

— power supply: 4-pin connector;

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