Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 12
Rated 5 out of 5 by Smiffy64 Brilliant cooler, excellent value
This is a cracking cooler at a cracking price. I was using it for a quiet rig and even without adjusting the PWM settings in the BIOS found it possible to get a cool chip that was pretty nearly inaudible. During testing I did overclock the chip and at high airflows there is of course some noise: like all things in life you have to find the right balance for what you are trying to achieve. Don't in any way be put off about fitting this cooler: it is one of the simplest out there. Do check it will fit in your case - it is quite tall at 160mm. However, it is not very deep (the front of the fan is just 38mm from the centre of the CPU socket) and I would have thought that getting in the way of your memory sockets is unlikely to be an issue on most boards. Another reviewer commented about the poor instructions (but don't all coolers seem to come with poor instructions?). I've just checked on the manufacturer's website and there is a video showing how to fit it, should you get stuck. Again, another reviewer commented about the thermal paste: there is in my view enough included to allow you to remove and reposition the cooler should you need to do so.
12 May 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by MickShep89 Very good but sound issues.
Excellent cooler, great temps, gets the job done at a low price, my only issue with this cooler was the fan, I was expecting a fantastic low noise at 100% speed.
How wrong I was, as at max usage while gaming this kicked in pretty loud, I have swapped these out with two arctic pwm fans, and it is fan-tastic :p
gives you extra rubber mounts so you can mount two fans, which was great. and just say fits in my nzxt 210 elite, if you're thinking about one of these cases.
19 April 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Saiget Simple Single Fan CPU Cooler
Dropped about 10'C off the stock Intel cooler I was previously using. Easy to fit, and I liked the rubber brackets for the fan - far simpler than the usual wire clip and also reduces vibration.
Only irritation is that the fan comes with a silver sticker that is off centre. Also, a small sachet of thermal paste, which is a one use item. I've bought similarly priced products before - and received a reusable tube of paste in case you have to adjust your fitting.
Absolutely not worth criticising the product if that is all that's disappointing about it.
07 February 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by pablouk easy peasy
Just so easy to put on and nice and quite.
Normally used freezer pro. But this is just so easy to fit.
13 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by robert1978 Does the job
My CPU was hitting 90c+ on games like Battlefield 4, Crysis 3 etc. Since I installed this fan it rarely goes above 70c.
Easy to install, very quiet and a bargain at under £30.
Only just fits in my case though, it touches the left side panel.
01 March 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Oobie Decent cooler and average price
Cooler looks good, fits rather snugly (theres about 2 mm of space between the fan and my high profile Crucial Ballistix DIMMS, anything with a wider heatspreader would have stopped this from fitting! Using a gigabyte z87-HD3 mobo), and isnt too tall (housed in a Define R4 case)
Its also dead silent as runs at 1000RPM.
Whilst Ive given this a 5 star rating, its quality is 4 due to the fact that the alignment holes on the back-plate dont match up with the instructions on how to fit. It still allows for a secure attachment to the mobo but its a bit poor from Silverstone.
(Someone also had this problem in a review before mine)
Value is well placed, as when you do look for better coolers, they come in slightly heavier and more expensive - think Noctua!
Temps are nice and avg about 26 on idle (after 24hours)
28 February 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Sherminator Quality construction. Awful data sheet.
Great design and well made. For a novice (me), the assembly instruction was very inadequate.
14 February 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by MattSWA Easy to Install
The Silverstone AR01 is a product that does exactly what it is supposed to do, that is cool down the CPU. The cooler comes packaged with mountings for both Intel and AMD. It was easy to install but did at times need to refer to an online video for installation as the instructions are a bit vague. The product is quite large and fits into the Corsair 300R with not much space to spare so check that your case is wide enough to fit the product. The product isn't wide so I was still able to fit the RAM next to it without needing low profile sticks as there is no overhang from the cooler, even with the fan on the RAM side. There is space on this cooler for two fans (one on each side) and enough thermal paste for multiple remounts.
03 February 2014