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Rated 4 out of 5 by CarlTheLlama Cheap, reasonalby cheerful
Bought this as a cooler to cool an intel Xeon X5570 in a home server. The cooler does an adequete job of cooling the cpu, but I do think the overall build quality could be better, and I wish the Fan wasn't blue.
I reccomned this cooler for cheap systems but NOT for high end, overclocked CPUs
13 March 2016
Rated 4 out of 5 by DanLeil Does the job
Installed on an Asus Impact motherboard with 4770k CPU. Case is an EVGA Hadron air and I was limited on size. Temps are good with room for a light overclock.
03 July 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by ftpdoug Small, cheap, cool.
At first looks, the AR02 looks smaller than you'd expect. This is not a bad thing. The compact nature of the cooler makes it fit for almost every case. The installation is a breeze for both Intel and AMD. Despite 92mm fans of old being noisy, Silverstone have managed to tame the screaming nature of small fans with the one provided. This makes it nice and quiet while somehow providing more than sufficient airflow to extract the heat from the albeit generic design of the actual heatsink.
The performance and abilities of the of the AR02 are not limitless though. For sprucing up older systems, it's great, but only at stock speed. The demands of the older chips are somewhat a bit of a challenge.
Newer chips however, especially the AMD FM2 series, really benefit from this cooler as it'll hold decent overclocks with ease. And for a cooler with a £20 price tag, it might well be a few pound more than the competing 92mm coolers such as the CM Hyper TX3, Akasa Vemon Pico and even the Titan Skalli with its rather audible 100mm fan, but outperforms them with ease.
04 January 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by gazza great cheap cpu cooler
purchased this to replace the stock cooler for my fx 8350.
easy to install i used artic silver 5 thermal paste .instead of the grease included .once up and running the temperature dropped from 47 to 39 and this should drop even more over time so .when the thermal paste settle down .very quiet cooler .the stock cooler use to rumble when playing a game .not any more with this one .very impressed with this and the price .im hoping i can get another fan the same to attach so will have two fans .included with the cooler is an extra four rubber mounts for another fan .
06 October 2013