Prolimatech Super Mega

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Today, we are taking a look at the latest cooler from Prolimatech's arssenal, aptly named the Super Mega, because it is just that a super sized Megahalems. Living up to it's name the Super Mega weighs in at 945 grams, compared to the 790 grams of the Megahalems, which the extra weight to the cooler comes in the form of added copper. The dimensions do remain the same as the original cooler though.

Introduction to the Prolimatech Super Mega

With the amount of press Prolimatech has gotten over the two years since their entrance into the cooling world, you would have thought they have been around for decades. Since the time they released the ever popular Megahalems, the media and review sites have been giving them great reviews. Rightfully so, as the Megahalems and Shadow Megahalems have performed well beyond that of those from other manufacturers. Recently we reviewed another cooler from Prolimatech, this time titled Armageddon. The Armageddon was another high performance cooler but was aimed at individuals whose system lacks space to the left and right of the CPU location but had plenty above.

Today, we are taking a look at the latest cooler from Prolimatech's arsenal, aptly named the Super Mega, because it is just that a super sized Megahalems. Living up to it's name the Super Mega weighs in at 945 grams, compared to the 790 grams of the Megahalems, which the extra weight to the cooler comes in the form of added copper. The dimensions do remain the same as the original cooler though.

Prolimatech's take on the Super Mega

Following the huge success of Megahalems comes the super edition, the SUPER MEGA!! It's a hybrid of copper and aluminum for an unmatched level of performance while still keeping it under one kilogram. We have also included an option to install extra pounds of pressure for an even tighter contact between the heatsink base and the CPU.

Just when you think air cooling has reached its bottleneck, Prolimatech goes and pulls another one out of the hat. The Mega Trio: First the Megahalems, then the Mega Shadow and now the Super Mega!  


Specifications

Heatsink Dimension

(L)130mm X (W)74mmX (H)158.7mm 

Heatsink Weight

945.3 g

Heatpipe

Ø 6mm X 6pcs 

Suggest Fan

120mm X 25mm ,140mm X 25mm

Suggest Fan Speed

1000~1200rpm  

CPU Platform

Intel Socket LGA 775/1156/1366 

Features

  • Copper and Aluminum Hybrid for best heat collection and dissipation ratio.
  • Copper fins are strategically positioned for better heat dissipation.
  • Top fin made of scratch-resistant stainless steel to preserve shine.
  • Minimal air resistance between fins allowing best balance between noise and performance for fans in the range of   800-1200RPM. For all out performance, fan RPM at 1600 or above is recommended.
  • Vertically adjustable 120/140 mm universal fan clips redesigned for better installation compatibility.
  • The Black screws are included to provide extra pressure for better contact with CPU and heatsink.

Closer look

If you are an overclocker or enthusiast I am sure the items in the following picture look familiar. The Super Mega shares the same design as the original Megahalems. Visually the most distinct difference is the addition of pure copper the middle of the two smaller towers. Copper being a better handler of heat compared to aluminum should help the Super Mega's performance in the cooling department.

The Super Mega is comprised of two individual smaller towers to make up one big tower, a design that is shared with all the Mega models produced by Prolimatech. In each of the previous models this resulted in extreme air cooling. The lack of obstacles in the middle of the cooler allows for a greater volume of air to pass through the fins.

The Super Mega uses a total of six heat pipes to transport heat from the base of the cooler to the top. Each of the heat pipes are made of copper and covered in a nickle plating to help prevent corrosion, but also to maintain the color scheme. Each of the pipes measures 0.6mm in diameter.

The heat pipes also help to support the tower of densely packed hybrid aluminum fins that make up the Super Mega. The Transformer-like design remains stamped into the top fin.

The base of the Super Mega is not what we would call shiny, especially when compared to some of the Scythe coolers we have reviewed, but it is far from being dull and lifeless.


Installation

This time around I felt better about the installation of a Prolimatech product, at least compared to the first testing we did back with the original. The amount of pieces and the time it took to figure it all out wasn’t to my liking. Now things are much calmer and simpler. The first step is to prep the motherboard back plate for installation which requires the installing of four bolts and four rubber washers.

Once the motherboard is laid on top of the back plate  and then four thumb nuts  are used to secure both pieces together. Then two bridges are bolted down atop them..

Next, thermal compound is applied to either your CPU or the bottom of the heat sink. We choose the CPU route as not always does the whole heatsink base make contact with the CPU heat spreader. Once this is done the heat sink is secured using a center-bridge. To finalize the installation the user has two options: The first is to use the standard thumb nuts to secure the heatsink to the motherboard without any additional pressure. The second option uses two different nuts that secure the cooler using 70 pounds of pressure. We opted for the standard route.


Test Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 655K @ 4.2GHz at 1.4 volts
Ram: OCZ DDR3 1600 4GB Dual Channel
Video Card: Sapphire HD 5750
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: NA
Cooling: Prolimatech Super Mega
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Competition:
Prolimatech Megahalems

Testing of the Prolimatech Super Mega

Over time, we've found that we have been able to get a better overclock out of our i5 655K (4.2GHz) with a very respectable 1.4v, so we used this for testing the Super Mega. To do so 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 to high, then recorded the temps at the end. Each core was recorded for more detailed performance stats. We used two 140mm cooling fans supplied by Prolimatech for the tests.

Results

Compared to the original Megahalems we did not see much of an improvement, as the new model edged the older brother by only a single degree. If you are a proud owner of a Megahalems (original or Shadow) chances are you will not be giving it up to move to the Super Mega. But if you have a poorly performing cooler and you want to ditch it, or are building a new system, the Super Mega is a great choice.


Conclusion

If you are in the market for a new cooler to replace one that is not living up to the job at hand, then the Prolimatech Super Mega is a nice route to take if you want great performance from an air cooler. Prolimatech continues to offer a very strong competitor to market.

In the testing we paired the Super Mega up against the older Megahalems and the numbers came out to be very close. If you already own an original Megahalems there simply is no reason to upgrade to the Super. However, if you are upgrading from an OEM or entry level cooler then there is no reason not to consider the Super Mega as your next cooler.

The Super Mega is by no means a light heatsink, weighing in at a hefty 945 grams thanks to the additional copper used. That may scare some away but I have had the cooler in my personal rig and have encountered no issues whatsoever.

The Super Mega retails for $80 making it one of the most expensive coolers on the market, probably only third to the Noctua D14 and Thermalright TRUE Copper. Which sadly that does not even factor in a fan (or two)! So bear that in mind when shopping around as you'll have to tack that onto it's price.

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