We're happy to say that based on the test results we have a new CPU cooler to add to our lists of favorites: the Thermalright True Spirit 140. When you compare it to the Gold Award winners from our large round-up, Thermalright has the best overall cooling performance and its noise production is on par with the rest. Whether the € 10 price differential with the Cooler Master Hyper 412S - currenty the cooler with the most value for your money - is justified can be debated. However, it's a good price compared to the Cooler Master TPC 800 or Be Quiet Dark Rock Pro 2. Thermalright is right up there in terms of quality and therefore definitely earns the Gold Award.
The Silver Arrow Special Edition is a real high-end cooler, primarily meant for high-end Socket 2011 systems. It's a direct competitor of the equally expensive Noctua NH-D14 (click here for a comparison), and the Special Edition cools just as well (read: top segment of air coolers) and doesn't get as loud which makes it a more efficient cooler. The Silver Arrow Special Edition also deserves nothing less than the Gold Award.
The True Spirit 120 is an excellent cooler, but doesn't stand out as much compared to the numerous coolers in this price segment. The AXP-100 cools much better than the Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev. B, and it's also much louder and expensive. For this reason the Scythe cooler remains our favorite for HTPCs and Mini ITX systems.
Thermalright True Spirit 140
Thermalright Silver Arrow SB-E Special Edition