Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E Review

With the Silver Arrow IB-E, Thermalright has an impressive cooler in its portfolio. Equipped with the right fans this cooler wheighs more than one kilogram. This monster offers no less than eight heatpipes and they all have a diameter of six millimeter. At this point we now want to know what this giant cooler can do in the case of sheer cooling performance as well as noise level.



Today we’re having a close look at Thermalright’s massive Silver Arrow IB-E. This is the latest incarnation of something that is a pure beast of an aircooler. As we already mentioned Thermalright equipped this massive block with a total of eight heatpipes and they all measure six millimeter in diameter. This should definitely be plenty to offer some insane performance at a very reasonable noise level.

The Silver Arrow IB-E from Thermalright is a classical twin-tower cooler. This type of cooler comes with the advantage that manufacturers can build blocks that offer a large surface area. The disadvantage compared to down-draft coolers is there is no direct airstream towards the motherboard and therefore onboard components get a little hotter. Thermalright manufacturs their Silver Arrow SB-E from aluminium and copper. You can find a nickel-plated copper base plate through which all the eight heatpipes got routed. The heatpipes received the same treatment like the base plate which means they’ve also been nickel-plated. In the case of the fins we count 45 aluminum sheets, which have been soldered to the heatpipes.

We couldn’t find any manufacturing mistakes on our sample, which means build quality is on an excellent level. The heatpipes have a concave shape, which helps increasing the efficiency of an attached fan. Regarding the design of the fins Thermalright chose a sawtooth design at the edges of each fin. We also like the detail that Thermalright is equipping the heatpipes with stylish caps.


Model Thermalright Silver Arrow IB-E
Type Twin-Tower cooler
Provided Fan(s) 2x 152x140x26.5mm PWM
Supported Fan(s) 3x 140x140x25mm
Base Material Copper Direct Contact Heatpipes
Fins Material Aluminum
Socket Support Intel LGA 2011-3/2011/1366/1156/1155/1150/775
AMD FM2+/FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2
Thermal compound Thermalright (Tube) Chill Factor III
Product Page Silver Arrow IB-E