Prolimatech Megahalems Rev B CPU Cooler

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Posted by on Wednesday, December 2, 2009 - 7:45am

Prolimatech MegahalemsThe original Megahalems have been on the market for some time but today we will be take a look at the Rev B of the cooler. There are a few minor difference that set the first cooler apart from the second. One would be the shiny stain-less top fin and the addition of socket 1156 mounting hardware. The tower style cooler when looked at a glance would remind you of a typical tower cooler. But the center divide which is a narrow lane of open space is how it differs from the masses. Honestly, I am to anxious to get into the testing phase of this cooler just to see how well it really performs.

Introduction to the Prolimatech Megahalems

Every once in a while there is a product that gets the whole community talking. That product is talked about so much that you feel that you have to have one. A product that every time you enter a forum nothing but praises are given to it. With all the talk going on you would think passing out free processors on the corner. This is just the introduction our next review sample got when it came to market.

You could not open an air-cooling thread on any forum and not heard nothing but good things about the Megahalems. The Megahalems is manufactured from Prolimatech, a company that is still consider new as they have only been around for a couple of years. And if the Megahalems is any indications of the things that will come from them well the skies are the limits.

The original Megahalems have been on the market for some time but today we will be take a look at the Rev B of the cooler. There are a few minor difference that set the first cooler apart from the second. One would be the shiny stain-less top fin and the addition of socket 1156 mounting hardware. The tower style cooler when looked at a glance would remind you of a typical tower cooler. But the center divide which is a narrow lane of open space is how it differs from the masses. Honestly, I am to anxious to get into the testing phase of this cooler just to see how well it really performs.

A quick take about the Megahalems from Prolimatech

In early September, Intel has finally released the long-anticipated Socket 1156. In following pursuit, Prolimatech released the bigger and better version of the Megahalems. Now it comes with extra set of fan clips for even better cooling results. It also includes the new all-in-one backplate for an easy, convenient installation on Intel Socket 775, 1156, and 1366. Also added to the upgrade package is the new material for the top fin on this "Mega" heatsink. This particular fin is made of all stainless steel. Its main features incorporate a greater resistance to accidental scratches and oxidation. For regular maintenance, all you have to do is lightly polish it with a soft cloth so you’ll always have that new out-of-the-box shiny looks; great for showing off at LAN parties and to your friends!

 


Specifications
Heatsink Dimension (L)130mm X (W)74mmX (H)158.7mm
Heatsink Weight 790g
Heatpipe Ø 6mm X 6pcs
Suggest Fan 120mm X 120mm X25mm
Suggest Fan Speed 800~1200rpm
Suggest Noise Level (dBA) Below 26dBA
Air Flow 57CFM
Direction of heatsink Faces the rear exhaust system fan

Features

  • Top fin made of scratch-resistant Stainless Steel to preserve shine.
  • Minimal air resistance between fins allowing best balance between noise and performance in range of 800-1200RPM. For all out performance, fan RPM at 1600 or above is recommended.
  • Heatpipes are lined up in a straight line to prevent air back draft allowing air to easily pass through the heatsink body.
  • Wide gaps between fins with mathematically calculated thickness to maximize best air-to-surface cooling rate.
  • Easy-to-install retention mechanism for LGA 775, 1366, and 1156.
  • Includes easy-to-apply high grade thermal compound, a perfect sidekick to all Prolimatech heatsinks.
  • New Universal Backplate to support all Intel platforms.
  • Two sets of fan clips for a duo-fan installation.

Closer look

Besides the split down the middle of the cooler the Megahalems look very familiar to many other coolers out there. Its stands about six inches tall and weighs in at 790 grams which is not a bad overall weigh as well have seen coolers weight in well over a pound and a half.

The fins you see here are made of solid plates of aluminum. We quickly notice how far apart the fins we layered on top of one another. Prolimatech states this allows for less air resistance. The top fins has a very unique design on top that heavily resembles something you would see in a movie. The six heat pipes even though they look aluminum are actualy made of copper plated in nickel for a better overall contrast. Each heat pipe measures 6mm in diameter which is much pretty an industry standard these days.

Here we have the base of the Megahalems which about as smooth and level as you will get with a cooler. We can only assume what the base is constructed from copper has it is the most highiest metal used from heat sink bases.

Included in the box along with the cooler are the necessary material for mounting it onto an Intel motherboard. Yes, that is right. Without first contacting Prolimatech these is not support for in AMD sockets. They do offer the pieces that would accomodate your needs if your on an AMD motherboard. Included in the packaging are several pieces like screws, bolts and other material to have it mount to your motherboards

Installation

I know we all have installed a cooler or two in our times of dealing with PC building. But I was a little overwhelmed when I saw all the pieces that came with this cooler. I know I would easily be able to install it but I knew it would be a little time consuming. There are a series of blocks that have to be applied to the motherboard before the cooler can go on. Here is just a couple of images showing the blocks installed.


Testing Hardware:

Motherboard: Asrock P55 Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i7 860
Ram: OCZ DDR3 PC12800 4GB Dual Channel
Video Card: XFX HD 4770
HDD: Seagate 7200.11
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Dedicated by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Prolimatech MegahalemsOS: Windows XP SP3
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Competition:

Coolermaster TX3
Tuniq Tower 120 Extreme

Testing of the Prolimatech Megahalems

Over time, we've found that we have been able to get a better overclock on our i7 920 at a very respectable voltage of 1.4. We used this for the testing the Megahalems. During testing, we allow the system to sit idle for one hour and then measured the temperature. Afterward, we then loaded OCCT and ran a 30 minute bench session with priority set at high and recorded the temps at the end. Each core was recorded for more detailed performance stats.

Results

Not being really impressed by the idle I see that the Megahalems performed near the same levels of my lonely Coolermaster TX and identical to Noctua U12P we reviewed some time ago. But where the two higher end performed and showed their stuff is when a load was put on the CPU. Each outperformed the TX3 and the Megahalems edged out the Noctua by a degree or two depending on the core. We see why the everyone is raving over the Prolimatech cooler. As time goes on we will hold the Megahalems as the standard around here.


Conclusion

Well, it has been some time that we have had a cooler in the lab that we felt was the cat's meow. The new revision of the Prolimatech Megahalems is an awesome cooler that should not be over-looked. In the early beginning of a company some will put out a product or two that is good enough to draw moderate attention from the diehard enthusiant. But it is very rare when your first product make the whole world take note. And this is just what Prolimatech has accomplished. With the Megahalems lineup you have a grade "A" cooler that if not the best on the market then one of them.

If you are looking for a great cooler than the Megahalems is it. But in order to get to the greatest that the Megahalems is you will have to indur several minutes of installation. Thank goodness Prolimatech made the install guide easy to manage. But what we did like about the installations is all the parts are the same rather you are mounting it to a 775, 1156 or 1366 socket. There is no leftover parts to collect no matter what socket you decide to use.

The Megahalem Rev. B retails for just under $62, which puts it in the realm of other high-end coolers like the Thermalright TRUE, Noctua coolers and others. But you will have to take in mind that the Megahalems does not come with a fan at all. This will add about $10 or so to the price.

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