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[nextpage title=”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.

Cogage ArrowFigure 1: Box

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

Cogage ArrowFigure 2: Accessories

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

Cogage ArrowFigure 3: The Cogage Arrow

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

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

Cogage ArrowFigure 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.

Cogage ArrowFigure 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.

Cogage ArrowFigure 6: Top view

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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.

Cogage ArrowFigure 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.

Cogage ArrowFigure 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.

Cogage ArrowFigure 9: Installation hardware

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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.

Cogage ArrowFigure 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.

Cogage ArrowFigure 11: Installed on the motherboard

Finally, just install the fan (or fans).

Cogage ArrowFigure 12: Fan installed

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

Cogage ArrowFigure 13: Installed in our case

[nextpage title=”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 te
mperature 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

  • Processor: Core 2 Extreme QX6850
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte EP45-UD3L
  • Memory: 4 GB G.Skill F2-6400CL5S-2GBNY (DDR2-800/PC2-6400 with 5-5-5-15 timings), configured at 800 MHz
  • Hard drive: 1 TB Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 (ST31000528AS, SATA-300, 7200 rpm, 32 MB buffer)
  • Video card: PNY Verto Geforce 9600 GT
  • Video resolution: 1680×1050
  • Video monitor: Samsung Syncmaster 2232BW Plus
  • Power supply required: Seventeam ST-350BKV
  • Case: 3RSystem K100

Software Configuration

  • Windows XP Professional SP3

Software Used

Error Margin

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

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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.

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CPU Idle

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Fan Speed Base Temp. Core Temp.
Intel stock 14 °C 44 dBA 1000 rpm 31 °C 42 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min) 17 °C 47 dBA 880 rpm 29 °C 36 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max) 17 °C 59 dBA 1500 rpm 26 °C 34 °C
Akasa Nero 18 °C 41 dBA 500 rpm 26 °C 35 °C
Cooler Master V10 14 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 21 °C 26 °C
TMG IA1 (max) 16 °C 47 dBA 1500 rpm 22 °C 30 °C
TMG IA1 (min) 16 °C 57 dBA 2250 rpm 21 °C 30 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 16 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 21 °C 29 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-100 18 °C 44 dBA 1450 rpm 35 °C 49 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low) 15 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 20 °C 30 °C
Noctua NH-U12P 15 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 20 °C 28 °C
Noctua NH-C12P 17 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 23 °C 28 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 21 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 31 °C 35 °C
Schythe Kabuto 22 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 29 °C 34 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro 20 °C 43 dBA 1500 rpm 32 °C 39 °C
ISGC-300 (min) 18 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 26 °C 30 °C
ISGC-300 (max) 18 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 24 °C 26 °C
21 °C 66 dBA 2600 rpm 30 °C 41 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT 22 °C 48 dBA 1700 rpm 28 °C 35 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C 41 dBA 700 rpm 25 °C 30 °C
ISGC-400 (min) 17 °C 44 dBA 850 rpm 24 °C 30 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 752 20 °C 48 dBA 1700 rpm 32 °C 44 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (min) 22 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 29 °C 36 °C
Evercool Buffalo 17 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 22 °C 29 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken 20 °C 42 dBA 900 rpm 31 °C 39 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 21 °C 44 dBA 1700 rpm 30 °C 39 °C
Titan Skalli 20 °C 43 dBA 1200 rpm 27 °C 34 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B 21 °C 40 dBA 800 rpm 28 °C 32 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT 23 °C 45 dBA 900 rpm 30 °C 34 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N620 21 °C 44 dBA 1200 rpm 28 °C 34 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R2 23 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 33 °C 42 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA 20 °C 54 dBA 1900 rpm 27 °C 34 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA 23 °C 50 dBA 1900 rpm 38 °C 49 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II 23 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 29 °C 35 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT 24 °C 45 dBA 950 rpm 32 °C 39 °C
Titan Fenrir 21 °C 42 dBA 950 rpm 29 °C 35 °C
Zalman CNPS 10 Flex 23 °C 40 dBA 800 rpm 32 °C 39 °C
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme 24 °C 43 dBA 1100 rpm 30 °C 37 °C
Gelid Tranquillo 22 °C 41 dBA 850 rpm 29 °C 36 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 20 °C 45 dBA 1200 rpm 27 °C 35 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse 20 °C 58 dBA 2300 rpm 25 °C 34 °C
Tuniq Propeller 120 20 °C 43 dBA 1050 rpm 24 °C 33 °C
Nexus VCT-9000 20 °C 44 dBA 600 rpm 28 °C 37 °C
Coolink Corator DS 19 °C 45 dBA 1050 rpm 25 °C 32 °C
CoolIT ECO 17 °C 43 dBA 900 rpm 32 °C
Zalman VF2000 LED 17 °C 43 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C 36 °C
Cooler Master Vortex Plus 17 °C 45 dBA 1400 rpm 23 °C 34 °C
Prolimatech Armageddon 17 °C 48 dBA 1050 rpm 20 °C 25 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 15 °C 43 dBA 1500 rpm 21 °C 29 °C
Cogage Arrow 16 °C 44 dBA 1150 rpm 18 °C 25 °C

CPU Fully Loaded

Cooler Room Temp. Noise Fan Speed Base Temp. Core Temp.
Intel stock 14 °C 48 dBA 1740 rpm 42 °C 100 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (min) 17 °C 47 dBA 880 rpm 43 °C 77 °C
BigTyp 14Pro (max) 17 °C 59 dBA 1500 rpm 35 °C 70 °C
Akasa Nero 18 °C 48 dBA 1500 rpm 34 °C 68 °C
Cooler Master V10 14 °C 54 dBA 1900 rpm 24 °C 52 °C
TMG IA1 (max) 16 °C 47 dBA 1500 rpm 27 °C 63 °C
TMG IA1 (min) 16 °C 57 dBA 2250 rpm 25 °C 60 °C
Zalman CNPS10X Extreme 16 °C 51 dBA 1900 rpm 24 °C 50 °C
Thermaltake ISG-100 18 °C 50 dBA 1800 rpm 58 °C 93 °C
Noctua NH-U12P (low) 15 °C 42 dBA 1000 rpm 28 °C 59 °C
Noctua NH-U12P 15 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 25 °C 54 °C
Noctua NH-C12P 17 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 37 °C 76 °C
Thermaltake ISGC-200 21 °C 48 dBA 1900 rpm 42 °C 68 °C
Scythe Kabuto 22 °C 47 dBA 1200 rpm 38 °C 63 °C
Arctic Cooling Alpine 11 Pro 20 °C 51 dBA 2300 rpm 49 °C 85 °C
ISGC-300 (min) 18 °C 42 dBA 800 rpm 36 °C 64 °C
ISGC-300 (max) 18 °C 46 dBA 1400 rpm 31 °C 56 °C
SilverStone NT06-E 21 °C 66 dBA 2600 rpm 39 °C 96 °C
Zalman CNPS9700 NT 22 °C 56 dBA 2600 rpm 34 °C 63 °C
Scythe Mugen-2 17 °C 46 dBA 1300 rpm 28 °C 54 °C
ISGC-400 (max) 17 °C 47 dBA 1400 rpm 36 °C 69 °C
Cooler Master Vortex 752 20 °C 55 dBA 2300 rpm 48 °C 92 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss (max) 22 °C 53 dBA 2000 rpm 35 °C 59 °C
Evercool Buffalo 17 °C 51 dBA 1850 rpm 32 °C 67 °C
Scythe Big Shuriken 20 °C 50 dBA 1500 rpm 51 °C 85 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 21 °C 53 dBA 2700 rpm 39 °C 66 °C
Titan Skalli 20 °C 47 dBA 1550 rpm 37 °C 69 °C
Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B 21 °C 61 dBA 2600 rpm 30 °C 51 °C
Zalman CNPS9900 NT 23 °C 56 dBA 2000 rpm 34 °C 54 °C
Cooler Master Hyper N620 21 °C 50 dBA 1650 rpm 32 °C 56 °C
Nexus LOW-7000 R2 23 °C 53 dBA 1900 rpm 45 °C 74 °C
Evercool HPK-10025EA 20 °C 54 dBA 1900 rpm 39 °C 69 °C
Evercool HPH-9525EA 23 °C 50 dBA 1900 rpm 58 °C 100 °C
iCEAGE Prima Boss II 23 °C 56 dBA 2100 rpm 32 °C 56 °C
Thermaltake SpinQ VT 24 °C 52 dBA 1500 rpm 40 °C 68 °C
Titan Fenrir 21 °C 50 dBA 1600 rpm 33 °C 58 °C
Zalman CNPS 10 Flex 23 °C 61 dBA 2600 rpm 33 °C 59 °C
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme 24 °C 56 dBA 1900 rpm 35 °C 60 °C
Gelid Tranquillo 22 °C 46 dBA 1450 rpm 31 °C 60 °C
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus 20 °C 52 dBA 1900 rpm 32 °C 64 °C
Spire TherMax Eclipse 20 °C 58 dBA 2300 rpm 29 °C 73 °C
Tuniq Propeller 120 20 °C 55 dBA 1900 rpm 36 °C 68 °C
Nexus VCT-9000 20 °C 50 dBA 850 rpm 43 °C 88 °C
Coolink Corator DS 19 °C 56 dBA 1800 rpm 32 °C 62 °C
CoolIT ECO 17 °C 54 dBA 1850 rpm 62 °C
Zalman NF2000 LED 17 °C 51 dBA 2200 rpm 43 °C 97 °C
Cooler Master Vortex Plus 17 °C 57 dBA 2700 rpm 33 °C 78 °C
Prolimatech Armageddon 17 °C 48 dBA 1050 rpm 24 °C 56 °C
Cooler Master Hyper TX3 G1 15 °C 54 dBA 2800 rpm 26 °C 73 °C
Cogage Arrow 16 °C 53 dBA 1650 rpm 25 °C 64 °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

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The main specifications for the Cogage Arrow are:

  • Application: Socket LGA775, 1156, and 1366 processors
  • Fins: Aluminum
  • Base: Copper
  • Heat-pipes: Four 8-mm copper heat-pipes
  • Fan: 120 mm
  • Nominal fan speed: 1,800 rpm
  • Fan air flow: NA
  • Maximum power consumption: 2.52 W
  • Nominal noise level: NA (see article for measured levels under test)
  • Weight: 1.82 lbs (825 g) without fan
  • More information: https://www.cogage.com
  • Average price in the US*: USD 68.00

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

[nextpage title=”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.