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Written by Olin Coles   
Friday, 16 July 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ProlimaTech Super Mega Heatsink Preview
First Look: ProlimaTech Super Mega
Super Mega Awesome Features
Mounting Surface and Hardware

Mounting Surface and Hardware

While there are only two major design changes with the heatsink itself, ProlimaTech has made several changes to the mounting hardware for Super Mega. A familiar slightly-textured contact surface on the Super Mega matches the base on ProlimaTech's Megahalems and Mega Shadow. ProlimaTech does not polish the contact base of their heatsinks.

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Gone is the LGA1366-only four-prong backplate found on Megahalems, which contained stand-off screws molded into the reinforcing plate. The new design allows for either Intel LGA775, LGA1156, or LGA1366 sockets, depending on the bolt orientation. A soft silicon-rubber center grommet helps to space the backplate away from the processor on LGA775 motherboards. A separate AMD mounting kit for AM2/AM2+/AM3 sockets costs $10.

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The biggest change comes in the shape of a black spring-loaded screw. A pair of black 70LB 'extensive pressure' screws offer extreme surface compression between the processor and heatsink, which ProlimaTech warns against damage on every plastic bag. Standard compression silver spring-loaded screws are also included.

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The final addition to the new design is the aluminum mounting plate, which has been modified to use small screw cups at each end. The previous design utilized a pair of 1-3/16" spring-loaded screws that went into the flat surface of the aluminum mounting plate. The new screws measure only 11/16" long and are held secure in the cup.

This concludes our exclusive preview of the upcoming ProlimaTech Super Mega heatsink. What still remains to be seen is how it performs against the Megahalems CPU cooler, our current champion of air-cooled overclocks. Benchmark Reviews will soon publish all of the CPU cooler performance results in our upcoming ProlimaTech Super-Mega Heatsink CPU Cooler review. Make sure you're signed up for our newsletter!

Look for the ProlimaTech Super Mega heatsink to go on sale at FrozenCPU first. If you can't wait, ask them to start a pre-order!

The original ProlimaTech Megahalems is still available for $62 (without fans), and the AMD mounting kit for AM2/AM2+/AM3 sockets will add an extra $10.

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# RE: ProlimaTech Super Mega Heatsink Previewchris0101 2010-07-17 17:05
Olin, do you think that this is going to be any better than the previous Megahalem (ex: more than 1-2 degrees)?
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# Non-DisclosureOlin Coles 2010-07-17 20:05
Hello Chris:

I have already tested the Megahalems and Super Mega side by side, and now they've been sent to another reviewer for double-blind testing. Once we've completed all tests, we'll publish our results. We reserve our forecasts until all of the data comes in.
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# RE: ProlimaTech Super Mega Heatsink Previewhalfwaythere 2010-07-17 23:59
I'm not sure I get what you're saying: the copper fins are not actually copper? If so why the drastic weight increase. Looking at your pictures that looks very much like pure copper which is in fact a lot heavier than aluminium.

The part about the anodized aluminium is something you've heard from Prolima or just your assumption?
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# RE: RE: ProlimaTech Super Mega Heatsink PreviewOlin Coles 2010-07-18 07:36
The product package claims the fins are copper and aluminum. And I agree that it looks like copper in these images. However, when you hold the unit up close it appears more like colored anodized aluminum. I used a blade to scrape a small portion of the fin plate, and it was silver beneath the surface.

Since the unit is being re-tested by another staff writer, I will ask him to analyze the fins and give his opinion. If they're copper, I'll correct the description.
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# RE: ProlimaTech Super Mega Heatsink Previewhalfwaythere 2010-07-18 11:22
##prolimatech.com/products/cpu_cooler/supermega.html

Look to me you're calling them liars. :)

The hefty weight difference between it and a regular Megahalems comes either from that stainless steel top plate or the copper fins. I'm more inclined to think the 32 copper fins are responsible for that.

Anyways testing will reveal if their claims are just that or this is a better product. For relevance's sake I think you should compare it to a product tested in the same session as it and not use previous results.
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# RE: RE: ProlimaTech Super Mega Heatsink PreviewOlin Coles 2010-07-18 14:15
Actually, I said the copper fins appeared to be anodized aluminum. I didn't say that they were not copper.

Additionally, I've completed all of my testing... as I've already stated in the post above your own. The cooler is being re-tested (as I also pointed out) by another reviewer to confirm my own results.

So you see, I didn't call them liars and we've gone to twice the amount of work you thought was appropriate.
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