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Cogage Arrow CPU Cooler

The Cogage Arrow is large aluminum and copper heat sink that I would like to think of as the Cogage Spirit X2. Like the Spirit the Arrow is a tower design that consist of dual towers and not just one. In this era of air-cooler size and weight are pretty much threw out the door in the name of better performance. The Arrow weighs in at 825 grams or one pound thirteen ounces. And measure just over six inches high from base to last aluminum fin. The design is definitely saying dual fan setup even though it only comes with one. But will the size and weight but Thermalright back at the top of the hill? We will see.

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The Cogage Arrow is large aluminum and copper heat sink that I would like to think of as the Cogage Spirit X2. Like the Spirit the Arrow is a tower design that consist of dual towers and not just one. In this era of air-cooler size and weight are pretty much threw out the door in the name of better performance. The Arrow weighs in at 825 grams or one pound thirteen ounces. And measure just over six inches high from base to last aluminum fin. The design is definitely saying dual fan setup even though it only comes with one. But will the size and weight but Thermalright back at the top of the hill? We will see.

Introduction to the Cogage Arrow

For the longest time that I have been doing air-cooling hardware I have always thought that air coolers could not get any better. Especially when I reviewed the Thermalright Ultra-120 Extreme aka T.R.U.E. For the longest it was the best cooler we had ever tested. But over a period of time we find that I does it outperformed. Sometimes it was by another Thermalright cooler or a competitor. That does to show that I should not listen to myself sometimes. It seems that air-cooling will continue to develop and get better as time goes on.

As I stated in the above paragraph sometimes it take the maker of the champ to defeat themselves. And that is just what Thermalright has done but under the Cogage name plate.

The Cogage Arrow is large aluminum and copper heat sink that I would like to think of as the Cogage Spirit X2. Like the Spirit the Arrow is a tower design that consist of dual towers and not just one. In this era of air-cooler size and weight are pretty much threw out the door in the name of better performance. The Arrow weighs in at 825 grams or one pound thirteen ounces. And measure just over six inches high from base to last aluminum fin. The design is definitely saying dual fan setup even though it only comes with one. But will the size and weight but Thermalright back at the top of the hill? We will see.

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Specifications

Features

Closer look

The Cogage is a 825 grams monster that is meant to be mounted on any of the current CPU sockets including Intel 775, 1156 and 1366. AMD sockets are not forgotten either as compatibility are the AM2 and AM3 via an optical mounting plate. We state that we look at this cooler as two times that of the Spirit but to better give you a picture of this cooler it resemble that of the IFX-14 which was another top cooler from Thermalright.

The cooler is comprised of dual towers made of aluminum fins. The surface area of the fins is less compared to some coolers on the market. But the bend at the end of the fin allows better circulation of air. The center gap that is made of all the fins combined eliminate the hub of the fan from being a culprit in cooling. The tiny holes that you see in the top fin there are some on the bottom fins as well are for the wire clips that secures the fans to the cooler. The area between the two tower is wide enough to house a 120/140 x 38mm cooling fan.

The heat-pipes are nickel plated over copper for the best heat drawing combination. The pipes measures 8mm in diameter compared to the 6mm we see in many of coolers. I would think Cogage was looking to give the Arrows of the best advantages with this cooler.

The base of the Arrow is convex which is a trait of all of Thermalright current coolers. This is a good thing or bad depending on who you talk to. According to Hank of Thermalright, the convex base is a perfect fit for the IHS of Intel latest processors. Evidently they have a point as their coolers have reigned supreme for some time. The base has a nice smooth surface and not to blemished by machining.

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The cooler comes with everything you need to most Intel based motherboards. This includes mounting plates for socket 775, 1156 and 1366 motherboards, cooler brackets, wire clips, base plate, mounting screws and lastly a 120x25mm cooling fan.

Testing Hardware:

Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 750 @ 3.8GHz at 1.3 volts
Ram: OCZ DDR3 1600 4GB Dual Channel
Video Card: Sapphire HD 5750
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Cogage Arrow
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Competition:

Noctua D14
Thermaltake Frio

Testing Method

 

Testing of the Cogage Arrow

Over time, we’ve found that we have been able to get a better overclock on our i5 750 at a very respectable voltage of 1.3. We used this for the testing the Arrow. During testing, we allow the system to sit idle for one hour and then measured the temperature. Afterward, we then loaded OCCT and ran a 30 minute bench session with priority set at high and recorded the temps at the end. Each core was recorded for more detailed performance stats.

Results

We have been really fund of the Noctua D14 every since were reviewed it a few months ago. The cooler topped every cooler we have ever tested. But it seems that Thermalright has spoiled Noctua reign at the top of our charts. The Arrow clearly performed equally or outperformed it depending on the core. A degree or two separate the two massive coolers from each other.

Conclusion

Thermalright or Cogage whichever you decide to call them has made their way back to the promise land. The new Arrow cooler has placed itself at the top of the hill beating out the Noctua D14 our present king. The number clearly speaks for themselves as it equaled or outperformed the Noctua offering. But did happened after we added a second fan to the equation.

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The Cogage Arrow comes equipped with just one fan which is good enough to make it a very competitive cooler. Still appearing near the top of the list. But implementing another mix makes it a top rank cooler. We wished the two fans came standard equipment with the cooler like the Noctua offering does. Considering the Arrow is of dual tower configuration dual fans would be nice.

Being one of the best coolers we have tested thus far it is not without a negative or two. The first thing is if are an AMD fan boy you will have to order the AM2/AM3 brackets separate as it is not included. The price of the brackets will set you back about $10 on top of the asking $65 price we have seen across the web. This and adding about $10 to $15 for a second fan will put you in the same price range of the Noctua D14 which we found for $90. So no real love lost there.

The installation of the cooler is simple but does require some time to complete. Thermalright as well as Pro-Clockers recommends you to install the cooler in such a way it is parallel to that of the GPU. Basically with the fan blowing to the rear of the case if using one. And when if comes to installing we did not find the size of the cooler a big problem on some of the motherboards we test fixed it on. Installation of our newly acquired Asrock X58 Extreme3 was a no-go has the active cooled mosfet of the board made it impossible to mount the Arrow.

We would like to think Cogage and Hank from Thermalright for sending over our new king of air-cooling.

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