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SilverStone SST-AR03 CPU Cooler Heatsink Review

By Tom Jaskulka

Manufacturer: SilverStone Technology, Co., Ltd.
Product Name: Argon Series Heatsink Cooler
Model Number: SST-AR03
UPC: 844761009984
Price As Tested: $47.99 (Amazon | NewEgg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by SilverStone.

SilverStone may be known for their cooling, but not necessarily their CPU coolers. As a company, they’ve brought forward many innovations and unique, successful approaches to the ATX case standard with their AP series fans and rotated motherboard enclosures. It’s not that SilverStone is a stranger to CPU cooling – there were the Nitrogen special-application series before the new Argon series, as well as the Heligon high-performance line of heat-sinks. The Argon AR01, AR02, and AR03 are all designed to be more accessible alternatives for enthusiasts, with each model fulfilling a specific purpose. Sporting six 6mm direct-contact heatpipes and a 140mm wide tower-style heatsink assembly, the AR03 is the top option available in the Argon family with the most cooling capacity. Benchmark Reviews will have a chance to find out if the AR03 belongs at the top of the Argon family.

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Features & Specifications

Model No.
SST-AR03
Material
Copper heat pipes with aluminum fins
Application
Intel Socket LGA775/115X/1366/2011
AMD Socket AM2/AM3/FM1/FM2
Heat Pipe Type
Ø6mm heat-pipe x 6
Cooling System
120mm x 120mm x 25mm fan
Noise
16.4-33.5 dBA
Bearing
Sleeve Bearing
Net Weight
560g (without fan)
Voltage Rating (V)
12V
Start Voltage (V)
≤7V
Air Flow (CFM)
37.2~81.4CFM
Speed (R.P.M.)
1000~2200RPM
Life Expectance (hrs)
40,000 hours
Dimension
140mm (W) x 50mm (D) x 159mm (H) (without Fan)


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  1. BeauCharles

    I’m confused by what you said about not being able to change the AMD “default motherboard orientation”. Does the AR03 (and AR01) point in the traditional east/west direction to blow hot air out the back? If forces a north/south orientation that blows air up I wouldn’t want it (such as my old Xigmatek with an AMD clip).

    1. Tom Jaskulka

      In response to your question, yes. *Most* AMD motherboards use that “traditional” orientation of east/west airflow (or front/back), although many mATX motherboards will switch that up to gain a little more space around the socket in my experience (and although there aren’t many AMD mini-ITX boards, I’d wager all bets are off when it comes to that form factor 🙂 ). The board I use for testing is an Asus M5A99FX PRO 2.0, ATX, and it uses the “traditional” orientation.

      The AMD socket mounting pattern forms a rectangle. If you’re looking at motherboards, draw a line to each of the mounting holes around the socket, imagine that rectangle as the heatsink itself, and that is the direction it will be mounted in *most* cases (of course, every cooler is different, so that really only applies to the AR01/03). I hope that helps clear things up!

  2. BeauCharles

    Thanks for the explanation Tom. This is for an ATX AM3 board (ASUS M4A79T Deluxe), so it sounds like I would get the front/back orientation with either the AR03 or AR01 (which is the one I’m leaning towards).

  3. kyheng

    Am using this cooler currently, but not the fan that comes together with it. Instead, I’m using 2 Cooler Master’s Sickle flow X with push-pull configuration. Reason behind is CM’s fan are more quiet(19dBA only) and flow higher than Silverstone’s fan.

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