It is a fact that stock cooling solutions rarely satisfy an advanced PC user, even if the system is not intended for heavy gaming, workload, or overclocked. While stock coolers are adequate for their intended purpose, most of the time are simply too loud or the user is uncomfortable with the operating temperature of the system.

Fancy as huge air coolers and liquid cooling solutions as they may be, it is an undisputable truth that the bulk of the market consists of users that are driven by a limited budget, thus seeking cost-effective, practical solutions.

In today's review we are taking a look at the SilverStone Argon AR07 cooler. It is a large tower cooler that is making use of a 140 mm cooling fan, much like the advanced tower coolers that we recently reviewed. Although this particular cooler also requires the user to have a rather wide case, SilverStone’s approach is a little simpler and considerably cheaper, with the Argon AR07 retailing for $35 including shipping. In the following pages we will examine its build quality, practicality, and overall performance in comparison to both more advanced/expensive offering and one of its primary rivals in the market, the Cooler Master EVO 212.

Packaging & Bundle

SilverStone supplies the Argon AR07 cooler inside a relatively simple but very sturdy blue cardboard box. The artwork is based on images and watermarks of the cooler itself, with plenty of information about the cooler printed on all sides of the box.

As expected from a product that is trying to compete in terms of value, the bundle is frugal, limited to the one-fits-all backplate, mounting hardware, two sets of fan affixing wires, a single dose of thermal compound, and a leaflet with very basic installation instructions.

The SilverStone Argon AR07 140 mm CPU Cooler
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  • Outlander_04 - Saturday, June 10, 2017 - link

    I hope they have other colors Reply
  • jardows2 - Monday, June 12, 2017 - link

    This is a nice review, and a nice product. Without overclocking, there is a limited level of heat dissipation that is needed before diminishing returns sets in. Spending $75-$100 that will provide no better practical results is a waste. The noise levels are starting to get close on these "budget" products compared to the premium products.

    To see a product like this that performs competitively with premium products, at a price level competitive with what is considered the "budget" champion, is exciting to me!
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  • mschira - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    Shouldn't a cooler with a 120mm fan be plenty efficient?
    I guess if a 140 fan fit's in why not, the bigger the merrier, but 120 fan is pretty big already.
    I remember the days when CPU coolers had 80mm fans, and they did the job pretty fine.
    And they did so with CPUs that consumed quite a lot of power.
    Coolers were a little noise at times back in those days, so I get you want a bigger fan.

    M.
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  • Outlander_04 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link

    All else being equal a 140 mm fan can move more air at lower speed with less noise Reply
  • mschira - Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - link

    No doubt that is true. If a 140 cooler fits, that is good. But it often won't.
    M.
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  • alchemist83 - Sunday, June 18, 2017 - link

    140mm, that extra 20mm makes all the differrence in terms of noise output. Reply
  • vext - Thursday, June 15, 2017 - link

    Great article, the Argon 7 looks like a good inexpensive alternative. But I have to point out that the best cooler in the article is the Thermalright 140 True Spirit Direct by almost all of the criteria. Just look at the performance graphs. I wish there was just a little discussion about the top performing cooler and what you lose to save $15. The Thermalright is $46 at Newegg right now. That nominal difference gets you a much better fan, full nickel finish, better thermals, and just a better overall , more attractive design. If you think about it, CPU coolers are perhaps the one thing that you can keep using over many computer builds. IMHO it's worth paying just a little more for the best. Thermalright is effectively the Rolls Royce of air cooling. They are also far more reasonably priced than Nexus. Reply
  • Leyawiin - Saturday, June 17, 2017 - link

    The other Argon coolers have neat little silicon barrel type fan mounts that easily slide into the cooler and isolate vibration at the same time. Shame to see Silverstone backtrack and start using those damned wire fan mounts again. Reply
  • alchemist83 - Sunday, June 18, 2017 - link

    Totally agree, my AR01 had silicone mounts, very easy to use and helps to eliminate vibration. Reply
  • alchemist83 - Sunday, June 18, 2017 - link

    Had me an AR01 - was pretty good, lasted a few years till i got bored and upgraded to a Thermalright Macho Rev.B. Way better cooling perf & its totally silent at times. Has full cleareance for high DDR. QUite cheap at 35 pounds, I cant fault it. Reply

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