|ProlimaTech Armageddon CPU Cooler Heatsink|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 16 March 2010|
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ProlimaTech Armageddon CPU Cooler Review
The aftermarket heatsink industry is very competitive, and manufacturers often release several product designs before finally scoring a win with enthusiasts and overclockers. The Megahalems was ProlimaTech's first run at CPU-cooler's, and a very successful one at that. Earning our Editor's Choice Award and countless accolades from other websites, ProlimaTech has built high expectations with their follow-up products. The ProlimaTech Armageddon is one such cooling solution with a legacy to fill, and with six heatpipes and enough finsink area for two 140mm fans it seems a reasonable possibility. Benchmark Reviews recently tested the ProlimaTech Armageddon heatsink in our Best CPU Cooler Performance series, on an overclocked Intel Core i7-980X Extreme Edition processor against several other top CPU coolers.
While ProlimaTech went after high-end overclockers and PC hardware enthusiasts with their Megahalems heatsink (who don't shy away when fan noise is considered by most to be 'loud',) they've decided to focus on a product that can offer the same level of cooling performance for overclocked CPUs while reducing fan noise. That product became known as the ProlimaTech Armageddon, a heatsink with the same general design as the Megahalems but with a wider radiator with slightly less depth. While it's well-known that 120mm cooling fans offer tremendous static pressure, there are several 140mm fans that can offer similar airflow without the noise. In our benchmark tests the Armageddon receives two 63CFM Xigmatek 140x140x25mm XLF-F1453 parts, although the retail kit does not include any fans.
Intel's Core i7-980X Extreme Edition "Gulftown" 6-core processor has been used to test the ProlimaTech Armageddon, and was given a heart-warming 1.375 volts to the vCore so it could reach 4000MHz (4GHz) stable on the capable ASUS P6X58D-Premium motherboard.
Computer hardware is an ever-evolving industry, and since Moore's law only applies to an exponentially growing transistor count then there should probably be another law for cooling. In the very recent past there have been two major trends which have accelerated the performance potential of CPU cooler. That first development was the use of heat-pipes to directly contact with the CPU surface; which resulted in the Heat-pipe Direct Touch technology. The second development is by no mean a new concept, just new to our industry in specific. For many years now heatsinks have been full of right angles, but very recently companies have begun to recognize the need to disrupt smooth airflow and reduce the laminar skin effect which allows air to travel just above the solid surface. Some manufacturers have used at least one of these new concepts in their product design, and only a few are beginning to incorporate both. Benchmark Reviews will see how much this affects the overall performance as we test a large segment of enthusiast cooling products.
Prolimatech, founded in 2008 is headquartered in Taiwan, led by a team of dedicated experts with 22 years of accumulated experience in the field of computer thermal solutions. Prolimatech stands for Professionalism exceeding beyond all Limits. We are here to challenge any limits that stand in our way to achieve what was thought to be impossible. Prolimatech incorporates integration of the aerospace resource-saving technology and advanced heat conduction technology to create the best heat absorption and dissipation solutions while pertaining to the science of aesthetics. Our never-ending quest is to satisfy every computer overclocker's and every enthusiast's needs for high quality and performance oriented thermal solutions for their high-end computer components.