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Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler

Prolimatech PantherIt has been sometime since we last tackled a Prolimatech CPU cooler around here. Well, that has changed today as we have gotten a hold of their new Panther cooler. The Panther isn’t going to top Prolimatech’s legendary Megahalems in performance but will challenge other coolers in the same class like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO and others. Unlike the Megahalems, the Panther follows the more traditional tower design.

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Prolimatech Panther

Prolimatech PantherIt has been sometime since we last tackled a Prolimatech CPU cooler around here. Well, that has changed today as we have gotten a hold of their new Panther cooler. The Panther isn’t going to top Prolimatech’s legendary Megahalems in performance but will challenge other coolers in the same class like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO and others. Unlike the Megahalems, the Panther follows the more traditional tower design.

Introduction to the Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler

It has been sometime since we last tackled a Prolimatech CPU cooler around here. Well, that has changed today as we have gotten a hold of their new Panther cooler. The Panther isn’t going to top Prolimatech’s legendary Megahalems in performance but will challenge other coolers in the same class like the Coolermaster Hyper 212 EVO and others. Unlike the Megahalems, the Panther follows the more traditional tower design.

Prolimatech’s take on the Panther

Prolimatech’s first four heat pipes CPU cooler comes out! Panther provides effective thermal solution with the combination of four high quality heat pipes and custom aluminum fins with mathematically calculated thickness. It is equipped with one 120x120x25mm PWM LED fan at low noise level. Another set of fan clips included for the compatibility of second fan. So get a Prolimatech Panther now! You’ll be running your rig nimbly and quietly in the gaming jungle.

Specifications

Heatsink Dimension

(L)130mm X (W)50mm X (H)161mm 

Heatsink Weight

570 g(heatsink body only)  

including Fan

120x120x25mm Red LED Fan

CPU Platform

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

Features

  • Four high quality nickel plated heat pipes for effective heat
  • Equip with one 120x120x25mm PWM fan (800~1600 rpm) with four ruby
  • Wide gaps between fins with mathematically calculated thickness to
  • Supports Intel socket LGA 1155/1156 and AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3/AM3+.

Closer look

With the cooler completely removed from the big shiny black box it comes in, we see the Panther the typical structure that we have come to know from tower-style designed coolers. But what will separate the cooler from most of the others is its weight. The Panther weighs a mere 570 grams which is pretty light compared to many of the other coolers out there. The total size of 130x50x161 (mm) is a nice size for those looking for a better than decent performance in a lighter and yet thinner package.

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According to Prolimatech the cooler only supports AMD sockets from the AM2 up to the AM3 as well as Intel’s 1155 and 1156. When it comes to CPU compatibly we would still like to see support for the Intel socket 1366 as it is still a major player in the CPU market. And support for the newer socket 2011, also from Intel would be nice. And support for AMD’s FM1 would be nice.

The strangest thing about the Panther is the way the aluminum fins are arranged. They are not just several single slates of aluminum supported by some heat pipes, but two sets of aluminum pieces that inter-connect at the center of the cooler. I could only guess to why this is and I would have to say to allow for more surface area to absorb any warmth generated by the CPU it is cooling.

The Panther uses two pair of nickel-plated copper heat pipe to aid in the transfer of the heat made by the CPU. The pipe starts at one side of the cooler and extends down to the base and back up to the opposite of the cooler.

The base of the cooler is one what we would call semi-shiny. Over the years we have come to realize that shininess doesn’t measure a cooler’s effectiveness.

The fan that comes equipped with the cooler is a 120mm nine-blade red LED blower. Most black outer structure and the red blades are transparent. The fan is rated at 800-1600 RPM depending on system load.

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Mounting

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.

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 Panther

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Results

Conclusion

The Prolimatech Panther is a very straightforward CPU cooler that will please the mainstream PC user. You will not get any extraordinary looking fins or a multitude of heat pipes. Just a simple but effective CPU cooler.

The size of the cooler is what really impressed me as it was thin enough to be able to use all the DIMM slot on our motherboard. That alone is a rarity with many of today’s coolers. If socket 2011 brackets were included I am sure it would not interfere with slots on either side of the motherboard.

The fan that is included with the cooler is not bad at all especially in the quiet area. At idle it was very close to inaudible as any fan we have tested. With load the noise was easily covered up by the fan of the GPU used in the test bench. Prolimatech as value to the cooler but providing additional fan clips for adding another fan.

The Panther slightly beat out the Cooler Master Hyper 212 EVO, which we thought was a pretty good cooler within itself. The numbers speak for it when an additional fan is added in the mix. So, we highly recommend it if room allows for it.

The mounting system is totally different from the Megahalems series of cooler from Prolimatech. This one is simpler and takes on time to assembly. A lot less steps are needed to get the mounting done which is definitely a plus. But it has to be said that this simple process would not work for the Megahalems due to the weight of the cooler and the stress put on the motherboard.

We came up short when searching the internet for retailers carrying the cooler. This could be to the non-so-long ago release of the cooler.

 

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