Today, Thermalright announced the Archon heatsink, a new tower CPU cooler. The cooler is thinner than standard tower heatsinks, which Thermalright claims will eliminate compatibility issues with large memory heatspreaders. Boasting compatibility with Intel’s 1156 and 1366 sockets, the Archon also comes with the same AMD bracket system as the Venomous X. Also included is a 140mm TY-140 fan, but users can mount their own 120 or 140mm fan.
Specifications (Courtesy Thermalright)
- Dimension: Length 155mm x Width 53mm x Height 170mm
- Weight: 806g (excluding fan and mounting brackets)
- Heatpipe: 6mm heatpipe*6 units
- Copper Base: C1100 Pure copper nickel plated with mirror shine
- Dimension: L160mm x H140mm x W26.5mm
- Weight: 140g
- Fan speed: 900~1300RPM (PWM controlled)
- Fan noise: 19~21dBA
- Airflow: 56~73CFM
- Connector: 4 Pin (PWM Fan connector)
This cooler is similar in shape and design to the Venomous X, which is important because it gives a baseline indication of how the Archon will perform. Thermalright claims that despite its slimmer profile, the Archon has 1.6x more surface area than the Venomous X. There is only a 6% weight difference between the Venomous X (755 g) and Archon (806 g), which are both made of the same material. With that in mind, it is safe to assume that performance can be approximated with relative accuracy by comparing the volume of both coolers:
|Venomous X||1280 cm3|
With 8% more volume than the Venomous X, the new Archon is a pretty safe bet. Taking a look at muddocktor’s comprehensive Premium Heatsink Shootout, it appears as though the Archon (depending on fan setup of course) will be able to keep up with some of the best air coolers out there.
Thermalright has not released expected retail pricing or an estimated ship date. Once we have a review sample in hand, we should be able to provide an accurate assessment of this cooler’s performance.