Cogage Arrow CPU Cooler Review
By Rafael Otto Coelho on July 23, 2010


Introduction

We tested the Cogage Arrow, a CPU cooler with a twin tower heatsink, four heatpipes, and a 120 mm fan or an optional 140 mm fans. Check it out!

Cogage is a second brand from Thermalright, a well-known cooler manufacturer, and stands for "Computer and Gaming Gear". The products of this brand are aimed at the mainstream, while Thermalright branded products are at the high end.

The Arrow box is made of plain cardboard paper, with no windows or openings, as you can see in Figure 1.

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Figure 1: Box

In Figure 2, you can see the accessories that come with the cooler: manual, fan, a case sticker, and installation hardware.

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Figure 2: Accessories

In Figure 3 you have a general view of the Cogage Arrow heatsink.

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Figure 3: The Cogage Arrow

In the next pages we will see this cooler in detail.

The Cogage Arrow

In Figure 4 you have a front view of the cooler. The four U-shape heatpipes have a diameter of 8 mm.

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Figure 4: Front view

In Figure 5 you have a side view of the cooler, where it's clear that the two tower heatsinks are completely independent. Note that the fins are not plain, but have their edges curved up and down in order to get better air contact.

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Figure 5: Side view

In Figure 6, you can see the top of the cooler. Note the shape of the fins, looking like arrow tails, justifying the name of the cooler.

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Figure 6: Top view

The Cogage Arrow (Cont’d)

In Figure 7, you can check the base of the cooler, made of nickel-plated copper. The surface is smooth but not polished enough to be considered mirror-like.

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Figure 7: Base

In Figure 8, you can see the 120 mm fan that comes with the cooler. It has a four-pin connector, which means it has PWM automatic speed control. Actually, the Arrow supports 120 mm and 140 mm fans.

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Figure 8: Fan

In Figure 9, you can see the installation hardware that comes with the cooler: backplates and clips for Intel socket LGA775, socket LGA1156, and 1366 CPUs (there is no support for AMD CPUs), a tube of thermal compound, six rubber adhesive strips (for fan vibration absortion), and wire clips to hold the fan or fans in place. You can install one 120 mm fan and one or two 140 mm fans at the same time.

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Figure 9: Installation hardware

Installation

To install the Arrow, first you need to put the backplate on the solder side of the motherboard, and then screw both the clips on the component side, as you can see in Figure 10.

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Figure 10: Clips

Then, just apply thermal compound on the CPU, put the cooler over it, and hold it by screwing the metal bar to the clips.

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Figure 11: Installed on the motherboard

Finally, just install the fan (or fans).

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Figure 12: Fan installed

In Figure 13, you can see the cooler installed in our case.

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Figure 13: Installed in our case

How We Tested

We are adopting the following methodology for our CPU cooler reviews.

First we chose the CPU with the highest TDP (Thermal Design Power) we had available: a Core 2 Extreme QX6850, which has a 130 W TDP. The choice for a CPU with a high TDP is obvious. To measure the efficiency of the tested cooler, we need a processor that gets very hot. This CPU works by default at 3.0 GHz, but we overclocked it to 3.33 GHz, in order to heat it as much as possible.

We took noise and temperature measurements with the CPU idle and under full load. In order to achieve 100% CPU load on the four processing cores we ran Prime95 with the "In-place Large FFTs" option, and three instances of the StressCPU program, all at the same time.

We also compared the reviewed cooler to the Intel stock cooler (with copper base), which comes with the processor we used, and also with some other coolers we have tested using the same methodology.

Temperature measurements were taken with a digital thermometer, with the sensor touching the base of the cooler, and also with the core temperature reading (given by the CPU thermal sensor) from the SpeedFan program, using an arithmetic average of the four core temperature readings.

The sound pressure level (SPL) was measured with a digital noise meter, with its sensor placed 4" (10 cm) from the fan. We turned off the video board cooler so it wouldn't interfere with the results, but this measurement is only for comparative purposes, because a precise SPL measurement needs to be made inside an acoustically insulated room with no other noise sources, which is not the case here.

Hardware Configuration

Software Configuration

Software Used

Error Margin

We adopted a 2 °C error margin, i.e., temperature differences below 2 °C are considered irrelevant.

Our Tests

On the tables below you can see our results. We ran the same tests with the coolers shown in the tables below. Each test ran with the CPU idle and then with the CPU fully loaded. On the BigTyp 14Pro, TMG IA1, NH-U12P, and ISGC-300, the tests were done with the fan at full speed and at minimum speed. The ISGC-400, iCEAGE Prima Boss, Megahalems Rev. B, Thermaltake SpinQ VT, Zalman CNPS10X Flex, Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme, Tuniq Propeller 120, and Zalman VF2000 LED were tested at minimum speed in the idle test and at maximum speed on the full load test. The other coolers were connected directly to the motherboard and it controls the fan speed based on CPU load level and temperature on PWM models.

CPU Idle

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C44 dBA1000 rpm31 °C42 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm29 °C36 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm26 °C34 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C41 dBA500 rpm26 °C35 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C26 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm22 °C30 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm21 °C30 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C44 dBA1200 rpm21 °C29 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-10018 °C44 dBA1450 rpm35 °C49 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm20 °C30 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm20 °C28 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm23 °C28 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C43 dBA1100 rpm31 °C35 °C
Schythe Kabuto22 °C42 dBA800 rpm29 °C34 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C43 dBA1500 rpm32 °C39 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm26 °C30 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm24 °C26 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm30 °C41 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C48 dBA1700 rpm28 °C35 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C41 dBA 700 rpm25 °C30 °C
ISGC-400 (min)17 °C44 dBA850 rpm24 °C30 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C48 dBA1700 rpm32 °C44 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (min)22 °C42 dBA1000 rpm29 °C36 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm22 °C29 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C42 dBA900 rpm31 °C39 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C44 dBA1700 rpm30 °C39 °C
Titan Skalli20 °C43 dBA1200 rpm27 °C34 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B21 °C40 dBA800 rpm28 °C32 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT23 °C45 dBA900 rpm30 °C34 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N62021 °C44 dBA1200 rpm28 °C34 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R223 °C46 dBA1400 rpm33 °C42 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA20 °C54 dBA1900 rpm27 °C34 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA23 °C50 dBA1900 rpm38 °C49 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II23 °C42 dBA1000 rpm29 °C35 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT24 °C45 dBA950 rpm32 °C39 °C
Titan Fenrir21 °C42 dBA950 rpm29 °C35 °C
Zalman CNPS 10 Flex23 °C40 dBA800 rpm32 °C39 °C
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme24 °C43 dBA1100 rpm30 °C37 °C
Gelid Tranquillo22 °C41 dBA850 rpm29 °C36 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus20 °C45 dBA1200 rpm27 °C35 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse20 °C58 dBA2300 rpm25 °C34 °C
Tuniq Propeller 12020 °C43 dBA1050 rpm24 °C33 °C
Nexus VCT-900020 °C44 dBA600 rpm28 °C37 °C
Coolink Corator DS19 °C45 dBA1050 rpm25 °C32 °C
CoolIT ECO17 °C43 dBA900 rpm-32 °C
Zalman VF2000 LED17 °C 43 dBA1300 rpm28 °C36 °C
Cooler Master Vortex Plus17 °C45 dBA1400 rpm23 °C34 °C
Prolimatech Armageddon17 °C48 dBA1050 rpm20 °C25 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G115 °C43 dBA1500 rpm21 °C29 °C
Cogage Arrow16 °C44 dBA1150 rpm18 °C25 °C

CPU Fully Loaded

CoolerRoom Temp.NoiseFan SpeedBase Temp.Core Temp.
Intel stock14 °C48 dBA1740 rpm42 °C100 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min)17 °C47 dBA880 rpm43 °C77 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max)17 °C59 dBA1500 rpm35 °C70 °C
Akasa Nero18 °C48 dBA1500 rpm34 °C68 °C
Cooler Master V1014 °C54 dBA1900 rpm24 °C52 °C
TMG IA1 (max)16 °C47 dBA1500 rpm27 °C63 °C
TMG IA1 (min)16 °C57 dBA2250 rpm25 °C60 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme16 °C51 dBA1900 rpm24 °C50 °C
Thermaltake ISG-10018 °C50 dBA1800 rpm58 °C93 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low)15 °C42 dBA1000 rpm28 °C59 °C
Noctua NH-U12P15 °C46 dBA1400 rpm25 °C54 °C
Noctua NH-C12P17 °C46 dBA1400 rpm37 °C76 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-20021 °C48 dBA1900 rpm42 °C68 °C
Scythe Kabuto22 °C47 dBA1200 rpm38 °C63 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro20 °C51 dBA2300 rpm49 °C85 °C
ISGC-300 (min)18 °C42 dBA800 rpm36 °C64 °C
ISGC-300 (max)18 °C46 dBA1400 rpm31 °C56 °C
SilverStone NT06-E21 °C66 dBA2600 rpm39 °C96 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT22 °C56 dBA2600 rpm34 °C63 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C46 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C54 °C
ISGC-400 (max)17 °C47 dBA1400 rpm36 °C69 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 75220 °C55 dBA2300 rpm48 °C92 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (max)22 °C53 dBA2000 rpm35 °C59 °C
Evercool Buffalo17 °C51 dBA1850 rpm32 °C67 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken20 °C50 dBA1500 rpm51 °C85 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX321 °C53 dBA2700 rpm39 °C66 °C
Titan Skalli20 °C47 dBA1550 rpm37 °C69 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B21 °C61 dBA2600 rpm30 °C51 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT23 °C56 dBA2000 rpm34 °C54 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N62021 °C50 dBA1650 rpm32 °C56 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R223 °C53 dBA1900 rpm45 °C74 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA20 °C54 dBA1900 rpm39 °C69 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA23 °C50 dBA1900 rpm58 °C100 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II23 °C56 dBA2100 rpm32 °C56 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT24 °C52 dBA1500 rpm40 °C68 °C
Titan Fenrir21 °C50 dBA1600 rpm33 °C58 °C
Zalman CNPS 10 Flex23 °C61 dBA2600 rpm33 °C59 °C
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme24 °C56 dBA1900 rpm35 °C60 °C
Gelid Tranquillo22 °C46 dBA1450 rpm31 °C60 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus20 °C52 dBA1900 rpm32 °C64 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse20 °C58 dBA2300 rpm29 °C73 °C
Tuniq Propeller 12020 °C55 dBA1900 rpm36 °C68 °C
Nexus VCT-900020 °C50 dBA850 rpm43 °C88 °C
Coolink Corator DS19 °C56 dBA1800 rpm32 °C62 °C
CoolIT ECO17 °C54 dBA1850 rpm-62 °C
Zalman NF2000 LED17 °C51 dBA2200 rpm43 °C97 °C
Cooler Master Vortex Plus17 °C57 dBA2700 rpm33 °C78 °C
Prolimatech Armageddon17 °C48 dBA1050 rpm24 °C56 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G115 °C54 dBA2800 rpm26 °C73 °C
Cogage Arrow16 °C53 dBA1650 rpm25 °C64 °C

The next graph shows how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our idle tests.

Cogage Arrow 

The next graph gives you an idea on how many degrees Celsius the CPU core was hotter than room temperature during our full load tests.

 Cogage Arrow

Main Specifications

The main specifications for the Cogage Arrow are:

* Researched at Amazon.com on the day we published this review.

Conclusions

The Cogage Arrow is a huge cooler. With the stock 120 mm fan installed, it was almost too tall to close the left panel of our case (and it is a wide one). Imagine how wide it would be with two 140 mm fans installed!

With this stock fan, the cooler is very quiet when the CPU is idle and not too loud when the processor is under full load. The installation is relatively simple and it looks good if you like big coolers.

The performance was not bad, but Cogage Arrow does not achieve the temperatures we were expecting, based on its size and overall quality. However, on the idle test, it performed nicely, which may mean the single 120 mm fan gave insufficient airflow when things got really hot. Maybe with two strong 140 mm fans, it would perform far better.

The big issue with this cooler its price tag. It is actually more expensive than some Thermalright branded coolers. So, there are coolers with better cost/benefit ratios.

Originally at http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/Cogage-Arrow-CPU-Cooler-Review/1053


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