I suppose if you know about Prolimatech, it would be because of the critically acclaimed Megahalems CPU heatsink. But who could blame you as it was a cooler that took many by surprise, especially when it came from a manufacturer that very few knew. Prolimatech may also have toyed with small form factor coolers but we are pleased to say that the brand have returned to the competitive market of tower based coolers.
So is the Armageddon a Megahalems replacement? Well not quite, as the specifications speak for themselves.
|Socket Compatibility||Intel Mount|
|Heatpipe Count||6 x 6mm Heatpipes|
|Heatsink Dimensions (mm)|
(L)144mm X (W)50mmX (H)160.3mm
|Fan Dimensions||140 x 140 x 25 (mm)|
|Suggested Fan Speed||800~1200rpm |
Copper Heatpipes, Aluminium Fins
The first thing you will have noticed is that the Armageddon is a slimmer cooler. While its proportions permits the installation of 140mm fans, the cooler is just 50mm deep. This of course means it has significantly less surface area than its bigger brother. When you consider this and the fact that a fan of ~800-1200RPM range has been suggested, it is clear that the Armageddon seems to be less of an all out "performance" cooler than a silent cooler.
Let's take a closer look.
Packaging & Initial Impressions
Prolimatech use a predominantly white box for the Armageddon's packaging, however they have used a contrasting orange font to help catch the attention of any potential buyer. Note that the word "Armageddon" features a flaming font - let's hope this isn't an indication of how hot the CPU will get underneath this particular cooler.
The top of the box slides off, revealing the top of the Armageddon heatsink. Inside you will also find all of the relevant mounts.
The cooler consists of two ~70mm x 140mm x 50mm towers, linked by six U shaped heatpipes. A metallic plate on the top of the heatsink helps reinforce the structure.
The heatsink's quality all round is generally of a high standard, much like the Megahalem. Lets get testing shall we?
Intel Core i7 930 @ 2.80GHz (133 x 21) 1.20V | 3.60GHz (180x20) 1.25V
Asus Rampage Extreme 2 Motherboard
Corsair Platinum 6GB 1333mhz
Asus Radeon HD 5870 1GB GDDR5
OCZ 1000w Gold Series PSU
Windows 7 Home Premium x64
We decided to pitch the Armageddon against a cooler which may target a similar audience; the Nocta C12P SE14. Now I know what you're all thinking in that the C12P is not a tower cooler, neither are intended for sheer performance. For a fair test, the Armageddon was fitted with the same Noctua fans. Following a 30 minute idle test and a 60 minute Prime95 run Small FFTs test, we found ourselves with the following results.
It's never a good sign when our graphs fail to indicate a result at 4.0GHz. Sadly, the Armageddon couldn't quite handle the heat of the i7 930 @ 1.30V, however the Noctua NH-C12P was hardly any better. In terms of performance, they are very well matched and for the noise levels they output, they are very reasonable performers. Needless to say however, investing two fans in push-pull is beginning to defeat the objective of this heatsink. Let's continue to the conclusion to find out why.
So it would seem that Prolimatech's Armageddon isn't quite as stellar a performer as one might have expected. Despite the illusion that it's height and width portrays, its lack of depth appears to stunt its performance when compared to the Megahalem. One can appreciate that the cooler isn't designed to compete with their flagship product, but the plot thickens as the Armageddon is priced as much as £5-10 more!
Yes, the Armageddon offers a more "space saving" oriented package but lets face it, under most circumstances heatsink height tends to be a bigger problem than depth. At the end of the day, there are very few applications for which an Armageddon would be compatible but a Megahalem would not. Where space is a concern, the Noctua NH-C12P SE14 is more likely to be a suitable fit.
For this cooler to have gained sufficient brownie points to obtain an award, it would have had to have matched or beaten the Megahalem or it should have been priced closer to £35 than £45. We fully appreciate what Prolimatech wanted to offer, but there is simply no market for a 160mm tall cooler that fails to keep a 4.0GHz Core i7 under control.
- Build Quality
- Full Intel/AMD socket support
- Space savings make minimal impact on compatibility
Thanks to Caseking for the sample on test today, you can discuss our findings in the forums.