By Trace at 2010-04-12 23:29
In the lab today is Prolimatech's new socket 1156/1366 air cooler dubbed "Armageddon." Its competition is Intel's stock cooler and Cogage's Arrow cooler. The Armageddon cooler features a unique design on the top of fin stack, which would feel at home in any modded computer case. But that isn't today's question. Today's question is how does it perform? Read on to find out.
What's in the lab today?
Today in the lab we have the Prolimatech Armageddon 1156/1366 CPU air cooler and a pair of Xigmatech 140mm fans.
Prolimatech claims that the Armageddon is "100% Brawn" and that is the claim that I will be testing today.
The claim of "100% Brawn"
What's in the box?
Upon opening up the packaging, I was presented with the cooler, protected with foam, and an "Accessories Package," which was a box containing the various mounting nuts, bolts, etc...
The contents of the first box.
Inside the "Accessories Box," I found the various nuts, bolts, etc, individually packaged, however not labeled. There was no need for labels, however, because no two packages contain items that look alike. The instructions and diagrams were clear enough to enable me to quickly identify which bag of parts I needed for the step I was on.
The "Accessories Box" expanded, along with the cooler.
In the following pictures, I used a regular 12oz soda can to show relative size.
The height of the cooler.
The length of the cooler.
The width (thickness) of the cooler.
What are the exact specifications?
How was the install?
Install was simple; the instructions provided with the cooler provided ample amounts of depth to the steps. Diagrams of the parts necessary allowed for rapid locating of the required part from the individual part bags.
A picture of the cooler installed.
Next up was installing the fans. The fan clips employed by the Armageddon are much easier to install and use than the traditional wire fan retention systems employed in most air coolers. Slide the clips onto the fan, hold the fan up to the cooler, and pres where it says "Press Here" as visible in the picture below.
The fans installed on the heatsink
What's the test setup and methodology?
|CPU || Core i7-920 D0|
|Motherboard || ASUS P6E SE|
|RAM || 6 * 1GB Crucial Balistix Tracers|
|PSU || 1kW Rosewill PSU|
I applied a fresh coating of Arctic Silver 5 to the CPU and then installed the heatsink. I immediately ran a 30 minute session of OCCT and recorded the results. I overclocked the CPU using ASUS's TurboV and ran OCCT for another 30 minutes and recorded the results.
What are the test results?
I used the OCCT created graphs and read the max temp off of the graphs and compiled the following charts based on the data. In the overclocked graph, you will notice the Intel heatsink solution is not included. This is because of the fear for my chip and the temperatures it would have endured.
Both heatsinks in the chart above perform exceptionally better than the Intel solution. The Armageddon outperforms the Arrow by 2-4*C on average. That's 4-8*F for those of you that use the Imperial system.
At overclocked speeds, the Armageddon performs near watercooling performance, and at near silent operation! Once again it has the Arrow beat by 2-4*C, or 4-8*F.
What are my final thoughts and conclusions?
This cooler performs exceptionally well given the size, weight, and noise factors. I am contemplating using this on my processor over my watercooling system as it is much simpler to install, maintain, and is even quieter than my watercooling setup.
- Excellent performance!
- Value, priced at around $68, it's worth it!
- Not quite watercooling temperatures
I give this a 5/5 for the aforementioned reasons.
This product was provided by its manufacturer free of charge for the purpose of review.
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