We measured the noise level of our coolers throughout the entire speed range of their fans. Here are the results:
The Phanteks PH-TC14P? with two high-quality Corsair AF140 fans is the only cooler to be quieter than the Thermalright Archon SB-E X2, but the difference isn’t large. In its standard configuration the Phanteks is much louder than the others. Equipped with two TY-141 fans, the new Archon SB-E is quieter than with a single TY-150. The pair of TY-141 fans remains comfortable up to 920-930 RPM and quiet at 780 RPM. As we’ve seen in the performance tests, the Archon SB-E X2 is very, very efficient even at such a low speed, so it is going to satisfy users who need the best performance/noise ratio.
Thermalright’s Archon cooler seems to have reached its apogee in the SB-E X2 version. Now, two years since the original Archon, it probably delivers maximum performance possible for this heatsink type. We don’t know any other single-tower air cooler that would be capable of competing with coolers that have dual-section heatsinks as successfully as the Archon SB-E X2 does. Moreover, if we compare the coolers from Thermalright and Phanteks in their standard configurations, the former is quieter, even though a little inferior in terms of CPU temperature and overclocking. It features complete CPU compatibility and a simple installation procedure. It has reliable fastening with adjustable pressure force and doesn’t conflict with memory modules that have tall heatsinks (except for the two nearest slots). Finally, it just looks splendid. What else could be improved in this product? Price is perhaps the only factor that might be made even more attractive, but we have no power over it, unfortunately.