SilverStone Permafrost PF240-ARGB AIO Review 2

SilverStone Permafrost PF240-ARGB AIO Review

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Value and Conclusion

  • The SilverStone PF240 is available at retail for $99.99.
  • Affordable for an ARGB-equipped liquid cooler
  • Exceptional performance
  • Perfect memory and GPU clearance
  • Good build quality
  • Easy to install
  • Acceptable noise output
  • RGB lighting for those who want it
  • Short two-year warranty
  • Lack of installation manual
  • RGB lighting may not be to everyone's taste
SilverStone really hit it out of the park with the PF240-ARGB liquid cooler. In terms of raw performance, it's the only RGB-equipped AIO other than the Aerocool P7 to offer this level of performance on our test bench. Many other RGB or ARGB-equipped liquid coolers are 1% to 6% behind in performance, with many costing much more as well. This makes the PF240 even more attractive since it not only delivers good looks and performance, but also isn't so loud as to be ear-splitting, either. This is due to the overall noise profile of 35–45 dBA. While not class-leading, it is still better than about half the all-in-one liquid coolers I have tested as of late. Furthermore, once installed in pretty much any chassis other than an open-air test bench, it will remain mostly inaudible, except for in the worst-possible scenarios.

With performance out of the way, the next element of note would be build quality, which is generally above average across the board. From fit and finish to the mounting hardware, I had no real issues with the SilverStone PF240. In fact, I would say the mounting hardware is a good deal better than many other designs as the backplate is adequately secured to the motherboard before installing the pump. As for clearance issues, there is nothing to report there either as both memory and graphics card clearance is perfect. The only problem is the lack of an installation manual, and that was by design. SilverStone wants users to scan the QR code on the box instead. Having read the manual on my phone, it's certainly not ideal, and I think they should reconsider that approach. If it is down to cost-cutting, I would look at going with a basic box rather than removing the manual.

My most significant area of concern at this point is the abysmal 1-year warranty. The majority of the competition backs their products with 2, 3, or even 5-year warranties. It is time SilverStone steps up their game in this regard because as of right now, Cooler Master, Alphacool, and Swiftech all offer at least 2-year warranties, Deepcool, SilentiumPC, Sharkhan, and more offer 3-year warranties, and Corsair are at the top with a 5-year warranty. While I am not a fan of it, I can understand shorter warranties on traditional air coolers, but when it comes to liquid coolers, the warranty matters as it gives consumers some peace of mind.

UPDATE: The warranty was recently changed since the review process started and may not be listed correctly at all retailers. Those looking to buy the PF240 will now receive a 2-year warranty instead. While still not quite where I would like to see it, this is still a rather nice improvement over the original 1-year warranty. As such, the review has been updated to reflect this change. However, it does not change our stance or review award on the product.

Overall, the SilverStone PF240-ARGB AIO is an exceptional performer that offers an acceptable noise profile and ARGB lighting at a relatively affordable price point. As such, I highly recommend the product. However, its short warranty keeps it from earning the Editor's Choice award.
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