Compatibility and Installation
Despite the reference in its name, the Archon SB-E can be installed not only on Intel’s LGA2011 CPUs but on any modern platforms as well. It is also compatible with the legacy platforms Intel LGA775 and AMD Socket 939. We described the installation procedure during which you use a universal fastener with steel pressure and back plates in our review of the Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E (we’ll soon cover it again in an upcoming review, by the way). So, we will only remind you the basic facts with a few photographs:
As for compatibility with mainboards and memory modules, the Thermalright Archon SB-E has the heatsink rather high, over 50 mm, above the mainboard surface, but the fan is installed in such a way that its bottom edge is only 2 centimeters away from the mainboard and the nearest memory slot gets blocked.
That’s why we wouldn’t call the Archon SB-E unproblematic in terms of compatibility. Of course, the 150mm fan can be hung higher, but the cooler's total height will be some 190mm then and you may find it difficult to close the side panel of your system case.
The Archon SB-E feels at ease inside our computer: