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Written by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ProlimaTech Armageddon CPU Cooler Heatsink
ProlimaTech Armageddon Heatsink
CPU-Cooler Preparations
Heatsink Test Methodology
Intel 980X: High-Output Fan
Enthusiast Fan Comparison
CPU Cooler Final Thoughts
Armageddon Heatsink Conclusion

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.

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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.

About ProlimaTech

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.



 

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# PaulyPaul Letteri 2010-03-19 01:59
In your reviews especially with the new Armegeeden cpu cooler I need to know if the height from where it is mounted .Will it clear my
tall denominated style memory ? this is a Big problem for many
thank you Paul.
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# Heatsink clearanceOlin Coles 2010-04-02 13:34
Hello Paul:
It's not possible to include this information in every article, because every system is different and memory comes in many different sizes. I can tell you that if you mount this heatsink so it blows air towards the back of the case, you won't come close to the memory.
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# Are Fan/s requiredTmemphis 2012-05-06 15:13
Some of the reviews show this without fans mounted. Does this require fans if you are going to run a 2011 LGA CPU at stock speed and not overclock?

I have a Home server Windows 7 in a smail case under my TV. I purchased a ASRock Gen4 X79 and an i7-3920 only to find no fan. Crazy!

I have little idea of these Coolers and their issues with Ram fitting in (or not fitting) and case size seem to be an issue not to mention height. I'm confused on what get. The intel cooler/fan you can buy seperate ($32) runs very hot for a standard and would cook the system in summer. What a mess intel have created.

On the bright side you seem to have the best cooler and I'm glad i found you guys. I wish it was more simple thou. Thank you
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# RE: ProlimaTech Armageddon CPU Cooler HeatsinkDavid Ramsey 2012-05-06 15:31
An X79 system seems like huge overkill for a home server, but that's what you have, so...

The Armageddon is a very tall cooler and I suspect you'd have problems fitting it in a small HTPC case. Also, these cases are designed for low-power components and typically do not have the airflow of a larger desktop case, so unless there's a fan pointed right at the heat sink I think running it without a fan would be a bad idea. Even a very low CFM fan is much better.

Note that this review dates from more than two years ago, long before the X79/LGA2011 systems were introduced. The Armageddon does not come with the mounting hardware for an LGA2011 socket; you'd have to buy that separately.
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