Silverstone Argon Series has been around for quite some time and now it has been updated with a new addition – AR11. A compact, yet cooling optimized CPU cooler. It’s made to provide great cooling efficiency while maintaining small size and packing proven technologies from Silverstone.
Argon AR11 is made from the usual CPU cooler materials – copper, used for the heat pipes and a small heatsink with aluminum fins. These heat pipes are 4 in total and all of them are thick at Ø6mm. Heat-pipe direct contact (HDC) technology is utilizing the space well and this enables the cooler to be only 47mm high. Given the compact size and where AR11 could be installed (most likely HTPCs) it looks like it’s packing a great punch of cooling power.
One 92 mm PWM controlled fan, with dimensions of 92mm x 92mm x 15mm fan is responsible for the cooling. The fan is optimized with angled and aggressive propeller that delivers a good balance between airflow and noise output. While being 92mm its airflow is measured at 55.76CFM when at maximum RPM. Speaking of RPMs, the operating range of this fan is between 1200 – 3000 revolutions. To some users, the noise may not be that appealing at 44.5 dBA at maximum revolutions. Being with a dual ball bearing type, its life expectancy is around 70,000 hours and it’s rated at 12 volts.
All in all, the full assembly of AR11 weighs in at 290 grams and physical dimensions of 97mm (W) x 47mm (H) x 94mm (D) (with fan). Silverstone rates the Argon AR11 with up to 95W of cooling power. In addition to that, if it’s installed in a case with good airflow, AR11 could deliver even more cooling efficiency to the table.
AR11’s compatibility is only with Intel sockets: Intel Socket LGA1150/1151/1155/1156.