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Prolimatech Armageddon CPU Cooler

prolimatech armaggedonWhen Prolimatech finally decided to release a new cooler to the world it came in the form of the Armageddon. The Armageddon aimed at the individual wanting dual fan cooling possibilities but not wanting the mounting issues or extreme weight that with the high performing coolers we are seeing today.  The Armageddon has a simplistic look about itself but that simplistic look brings easier mounting, support for dual fans but still weighs as much as the Prolimatech. Do these features make it a desired cooler amongst all the great performing coolers of today?

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prolimatech armaggedonWhen Prolimatech finally decided to release a new cooler to the world it came in the form of the Armageddon. The Armageddon aimed at the individual wanting dual fan cooling possibilities but not wanting the mounting issues or extreme weight that with the high performing coolers we are seeing today.  The Armageddon has a simplistic look about itself but that simplistic look brings easier mounting, support for dual fans but still weighs as much as the Prolimatech. Do these features make it a desired cooler amongst all the great performing coolers of today?

Introduction to the Prolimatech Armageddon

Prolimatech hit the overclocking community with so much force with the Megahalems many wandered how they could top a cooler that performed so great. There were many reviews on the Megahalems; I don’t recall not a single site that rated the cooler lower than a nine. Under the rash of rather huge dual fan CPU coolers did we find anything that could clearly outperform the Megahalems.

The Megahalems was simply a tower-style designed cooler with a unique split down the middle that made the cooler look two towers. This coupled with six high performing heat-pipes, a nickel concave base and 790 grams of pure weight made the Prolimatech Megahalems the force it was.
The next release from Prolimatech was not to top the Megahalems but to offer another variation to the aged cooler. This can in the form of the Mega Shadow basically a black version of the Megahalems. Not a game changer when it came to cooling the Mega Shadow offered us who want everything black that chance.

When Prolimatech finally decided to release a new cooler to the world it came in the form of the Armageddon. The Armageddon aimed at the individual wanting dual fan cooling possibilities but not wanting the mounting issues or extreme weight that with the high performing coolers we are seeing today.  The Armageddon has a simplistic look about itself but that simplistic look brings easier mounting, support for dual fans but still weighs as much as the Prolimatech. Do these features make it a desired cooler amongst all the great performing coolers of today?

Prolimatech take on the Armageddon

Megahalems was Prolimatech’s first ever CPU heatsink and it quickly became the one to beat and paved the road for all others to follow. Months have passed and competition has once again heated up. One noticeable thing is that size has become larger and larger in these heatsinks. This may not be practical as clearance becomes an issue.

With Armageddon, strap on a 14cm fan and let Prolimatech show you that brawn can overcome size. Time to rid of the playing yield. Armageddon!

 

Specifications

Heatsink Dimension

(L)144mm X (W)50mmX (H)160.3mm

Heatsink Weight

750g

Heatpipe

Ø 6mm X 6pcs

Suggest Fan

140mm X 140mm 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

Slim yet powerful for space confined syste.
Ideal when equipped with 140mm x 25mm fans, also compatible with 120mm x 25mm fans.
With dual fans installed, it is thinner than others with same setup.
Works efficiently with low noise fans.
Features the exclusive Armaclip? for fast, easy and secured fan installation.
Six high quality, high performace heatpipes.

Closer look

The Armageddon is not a slimmed down version of another CPU cooler. It is a tall, wide and a light on the heavy side cooler. A lot of time companies that introduce a new product especially a first time product have a habit of releasing a new product based on the first because of its success. . That is not the case for the Armageddon. As it is nothing like the Megahalems offering. The Armageddon stands 6.3 inches tall and spreads its wings 5.6 inches side to side, so you can see where all the weight is coming from.

The new slim Armageddon should be a cure for all those that suffer from have restrictions when it comes to fitting high-end coolers in tight spots. With the increase of motherboard manufacturers using larger cooling for their chipsets and often placing the DIMM slots too close to the CPU socket the Armageddon could be a nice fit.

Standing over six inches tall the Armageddon is the ideal suitor for a pair or 140mm cooling fans. Even with the fans installed the cooler is still narrower than most.

One visual feature of the Armageddon is the color. Typically, we see many coolers what are silver from the nickel plating that many companies used or black. The Armageddon is a cross between the two resulting in a dark silver tone. This is a nice change from the norm.

A closer look at the Armageddon reveals that there are some similarities between the Megahalems and the Armageddon which would be concept of dual towers to make up one cooler. One would think it is a single tower of aluminum fins when looking at the cooler from the top. But looking at it from the side you will see the divide between the fins.

Each of the towers of fins is supported by three pairs of heat-pipes. There are a quite a few turns and bends in the pipes as they travel from the base to the first fins starting from the bottom. The bends are needed as they are aligned in a straight line at the top of the cooler. This alignment has it advantaged as air from the fans not only cools the fins but every inch of the pipes that are gated in between the fins.

The base of the Armageddon is not going to allow you to see your own reflection due to the evidence of machining. But over the years we have seen evidence that a very shiny base will always lead to better cooling performance.

As we stated earlier the Armageddon is designed to utilize 140mm fans. The cooler does not come with any fans so it is up to the consumer to decide what fans are best for them. But Prolimatech was nice enough to include two of their Blue Vortex 14 fans with the coolers. There isn’t any information on the site about the fans and the only information we could find is they are rated at 1000 RPM.

Installation

To begin I would like to say is the installation of the Armageddon is a little time consuming but rather simple to achieve. All the components needed to mount the cooler are very sturdy. But the sad part is if you are an AMD lovers the mounting is not included with the cooler.

The first step is to place the back plate to the back of the motherboard and this is accomplished by applying the plate screws to the plate and secures them with these rubber grommets. After this is done the plate is attached to the motherboard using these long threaded screws.

These two metal bars are then mounted to the motherboard using thumbscrews. After this the installation process pretty much comes to an end as the two bars are an anchor for the single crossbar that secure the cooler to the motherboard.

Here we the cooler fully assembled.  We took several photo shots to get you some idea of how the cooler mounts and the amount of clearance you will have in the end.

Testing Begins

Testing Hardware:
Motherboard: ASUS P7P55D-E Deluxe
Processor: Intel Core i5 750 @ 3.8GHz 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 Armageddon
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 64-bit
Thermal compound: Arctic Silver 5

Competition:
Scythe Yasya

Testing of the Prolimatech Armageddon

Over time, we’ve found that we have been able to get a better overclock on our i5 750 at a very respectable voltage of 1.4. We used this for the testing the Armageddon. 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.

Noted: The Scythe Yasya was tested just prior to the testing of the Armageddon. We decided to not take the results from the original review of the cooler as the time between the two was too great.

Results

When it came time to perform we felt the Armageddon did a great job. We paired it up again of the last cooler we tested which was the Scythe Yasya and the Armageddon came out on top. With a load applied to the system we saw that the Prolimatech defeat the Scythe by 2 to 5 degrees in a single fan configuration. And when it came down to adding another fan the clear winner is stated as the difference was increased to 4 to 7 degrees.

Conclusion

The Armageddon from Prolimatech is another stunning air-coolers from the makers of the highly acclaimed Megahalems. The Armageddon is tall and yet thin making it the ideal solution for people that have limited space around their CPU sockets. And because the cooler is thinner does not it is going to cool any less as the height of the cooler make up the surface area needed to cool the most demanding processors.

The fact the cooler is geared towards the use of larger 140mm than the smaller 120mm this also aid in the high performance we saw in the cooler. The cooler is not shipped with the cooler; we know that 140mm is slowly becoming a standard these days. So, finding them in your located parts store maybe a little difficult. But we suggest if you have to order from an online source we recommend using Prolimatech’s very own Blue Vortex fans. In a dual configuration setup we heard very little coming from the cooler. Making it a good quiet solution for those that don’t want the turbine sound that comes from most coolers.

We find the Armageddon for sale on several online store fronts. The best price we can across was $62 which will put the cooler in the middle of some other outstanding coolers. Adding in a couple of 140mm cooling fans can put the total cost close to $100 depending on the fans.

The performance we have saw in the Armageddon and the older Megahalems really makes you want to see what Prolimatech will come up with next. We will be waiting.

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