Testing and Results
To test CPU coolers we boot the PC up to Windows and measure temperatures under idle and load state, using professional software.
For idle testing, we simply let the rig sit doing absolutely nothing for 30 minutes and take the most representative temperature of the last 10 minutes. The same is used for the load testing, but instead of letting the PC do nothing; we load all cores to 100% using multiple instances of SuperPi2004.
The whole system was setup for optimal air flow with multiple 120mm intake and exhaust fans, as is recommended for any system.
At idle, both coolers hold out sub-40 degrees, even on a heavily overclocked quad core CPU, which is great. When stressing, the Armageddon starts to lose against his Super Mega sibling as the intensity of the overclock and multi-core usage rises. Where the Super Mega holds out sub-60 degrees Celcius on a 3.8GHz overclocked quad core, the Armageddon enters the near-critical area of temperature, over 60 degrees celcius. Keep in mind I am using a serious stress test, which isn’t a representation of daily use, nor intensive use of the CPU by multiple programs, since even those never put four cores to 100% load. It is important to keep in mind, though, that if you live in a warm country or it is a hot summer, the Armageddon probably won’t be able to keep your heavily overclocked CPU cool.
There is one method to help drop those temepratures: install a second fan and the temperature will probably drop by a good few degrees. The problem can be clearance issues, power connect
vity and the general lack (and cost) of fans.
The supplied Prolimatech 1000RPM fan is inaudible, ’nuff said. If one applies higher RPM fans to these heatsinks, he will see even better temperatures and with the right fans still have an inaudible system, which is plain great.
Pricing and availability
Here comes the interesting part, the performance of a cooler has to justify its price tag; let’s see if Prolimatech can hold up.
The Armageddon retails for roughly €45.
The Super Mega retails for… ouch… €65.
That hurt my wallet just writing it! A great cooler but with a price that barely justifies the performance difference between both coolers. They’re each aimed at a different consumer market, though. The Armageddon finds it place in the high performance budget area whereas the Super Mega.. well, it is placed in the Super Mega performance market, for those that want Super Mega performance will pay. The Super Mega can hold out against budget water cooling systems and still run silent with the right fan(s), which justifies the price, in a way.
The AMD mounting kit retails for about €15.-, which is too much if you have to pay this on top of an already expensive cooler and have to take for granted that it only supports Prolimatech coolers.
The Blue Vortex 140mm fan retails for €10.-, which makes this a very attractive fan and highly recommendable.