The Cogage Arrow is the second Cogage cooler to employ a tower design but unlike the True Spirit, the Arrow uses two arrays of fins rather than just one. This arrangement allows for up to three 120 mm or 140 mm fans to be attached. The Arrow uses four heatpipes just like the True Spirit but in this case the heatpipes are nickel-plated.
The mounting kit used by the Arrow consists of a mounting bracket attached to the front side of the board on which the cooler is fixed. A retention bracket fits over the CPU contact area and is fixed to the mounts using two spring-loaded screws. This retention bracket feels thin and it would be much more reassuring if it were a few millimetres thicker. When using such a large cooler it provides much more peace of mind when the parts keeping it in place appear to be able to survive an earthquake. The Arrow comes with mounting kits for the Intel LGA 1366, 1156 and 775 sockets but does not support any AMD sockets at all.
The Arrow’s performance was not bad but was far from stellar considering its mammoth size. The average idle temperature across all four cores of a Core i7 975 with a single 120 mm fan was 38.5°C, while a dual fan configuration dropped that figure to 37.75°C. Under full load the temperatures were kept at 70 and 70.5°C for the single and dual fan arrangements respectively. Two fans, it seems, are not better than one.
The Cogage Arrow is a good cooler but its size makes it a problem to install on boards with oversized PWM and Northbridge coolers. The price is awfully close to that of the Venom X with only R100 separating the ultimate cooler with what feels like a cheaper imitation.