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Prolimatech Lynx CPU Cooler

Prolimatech LynxJust a few days ago we took a look at one of Prolimatech’s newest coolers the Panther. At the same time we received another cooler from them that is meant to accommodate those looking for moderate improvement of the stock OEM-style coolers. The Prolimatech Lynx follows the same physical structure as the Panther but smaller and lighter. Accompanied by a 120mm PWN-controlled fan the Lynx looks to be a winner for those looking to leave their CPU at stock levels or just looking to overclock a little.

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Prolimatech Lynx

Prolimatech LynxJust a few days ago we took a look at one of Prolimatech’s newest coolers the Panther. At the same time we received another cooler from them that is meant to accommodate those looking for moderate improvement of the stock OEM-style coolers. The Prolimatech Lynx follows the same physical structure as the Panther but smaller and lighter. Accompanied by a 120mm PWN-controlled fan the Lynx looks to be a winner for those looking to leave their CPU at stock levels or just looking to overclock a little.

Introduction to the Prolimatech Lynx CPU Cooler

Just a few days ago we took a look at one of Prolimatech’s newest coolers the Panther. At the same time we received another cooler from them that is meant to accommodate those looking for moderate improvement of the stock OEM-style coolers. The Prolimatech Lynx follows the same physical structure as the Panther but smaller and lighter. Accompanied by a 120mm PWN-controlled fan the Lynx looks to be a winner for those looking to leave their CPU at stock levels or just looking to overclock a little.

Prolimatech’s take on the Lynx

Prolimatech’s first CPU cooler for entry level computer system, Lynx! Lynx has three high quality nickel plated heat pipes with aluminum fins for effective heat transfer. The compact design provides high compatibility, perfect for small chassis.

It supports Intel socket LGA 1155/1156 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+.One 120x120x25mm PWM fan (800~1600 rpm) is included and it is also possible for adding fan to maximize cooling performance!

Specifications

Heatsink Dimension

(L)118mm X (W)70mm X (H)159.9mm 

Heatsink Weight

400 g(heatsink body only)  

including Fan

120x120x25mm Black PWM Fan

CPU Platform

Intel Socket LGA 1156/1155 , AMD Socket AM2/2+/3/3+

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Features

  • Three high quality nickel plated heat pipes for effective heat
  • Equipped with one 120x120x25mm PWM fan (800~1600 rpm).
  • Option for adding 2nd fan to maximize cooling performance.
  • Flexible mounting kits for Intel socket LGA 1155/1156 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3
  • Compact tower cooler, perfect for small chassis.

Closer look

The Lynx like we started above in the introduction is basically a smaller version of the Panther. It also is made you of two set of aluminum fins inter-connected at the center of the cooler allowing for more surface area.

In order to keep the cost down Prolimatech eliminated any graphical logos on the top of the cooler like the Panther face we saw before.

The outer edges of the cooler are pretty straight-forward. There is none of the ridges and grooves like in the Panther.

The Lynx uses three nickel-plated heat pipes to support the aluminum structure. This starts at the top of the cooler runs down to the base and back up again to end at the opposite side of the cooler.

The base of the Lynx reflection is near the same level of the brother being smooth and no shiny. One thing we did notice about the Lynx compared to the Panther is the actual base is wider than the Panther covering more of the CPU’s IHS. And at the same time the actual plate was thinner.

The Lynx is packaged with a 120mm black PWN-controlled fan. The specifications are as follows: 120x120x25 and rotated between 800 and 1600 RPM.

Mounting

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The cooler comes like we stated before with all the accessories to mount it to Intel’s 1155/1156 sockets as well as AMD’s AM2 to AM3+. And extra set of fan clips are included if you want to add an addition fan.

The whole process begins with mounting the bracket arms to the base of the cooler.

Afterwards, a plate is applied to the back of the motherboard and while holding the plate in place you screw the base of the cooler over the top of the CPU.

Simple wire clips allow quick mounting of the fans to the cooler.

Testing Methodology

For our testing we will be using the following procedures and parameters to acquire the necessary data:

  • Thermal compound used is Arctic Silver 5
  • Idle temperatures are recorded after the system has been allowed to idle for thirty minutes from the point Windows has finished loading.
  • Load temperatures are recorded by running OCCT for twenty minutes on all available threads.
  • Real Temp is used for the recording of all temperature sensor reading.
  • PWM function is disabled via BIOS to allow the fans to run at full speed.
  • CPU model and overclock speed used for testing are outlined below in “Test Hardware”.
  • Each cooler is first tested with one fan supplied from the manufacturer.
  • Each cooler is then tested again with a second fan attached if provided by the manufacturer.
  • Lastly, the cooler is tested a third time using a neutral set of fans to make all things equal.
  • Neutral fans used are Aerocool Sharks 120mm, 1500RPM, 82.6 CFM, 26.5 dBA.
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Test Hardware:

Motherboard: ASUS P67 Deluxe B3
Processor: Intel Core i5 2500K @ 4.5GHz w/ 1.3 voltages
Ram: Crucial 2133 4GB Dual Channel (9-10-9-28)
Video Card: ASUS Radeon HD 5870
HDD: Hitachi 1TB
Power: Thermaltake Tough Power XT 850 (Sponsored by Thermaltake)
Case: Open air
Cooling: Prolimatech Lynx

Results

Conclusion

The Lynx is a nice addition to the Prolimatech family. So often we have seen Prolimatech compete at the top end of coolers which honestly most overclockers are looking for. But as much as we hate to admit it overclockers are just a very small percentage of the computer user population. The Lynx is meant to be a replacement for the stock cooler that normally comes with the processor. We are not saying you cannot overclock with the Lynx because you definitely can but your results would be modest at best.

 

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