Prolimatech Samuel 17 Review
Published: 13th July 2010 | Source: Prolimatech | Price: 39.90EUR |
So is the Prolimatech Samuel 17 a modern day David? Erm, well not quite. The inevitable result is that a larger tower cooler will outpace this cooler with ease. This however is not the cooler's aim; try performance per cubic centimetre. For those that want a cooler for their small form factor machine, then this is most certainly for you.
As Overclock3D.net's token Mini ITX nerd, I certainly appreciate the importance of coolers such as these. Every day, many users choose to downsize their machines and with more power efficient processors and highly capable motherboards, this is now possible. That said, all of these chassis will restrict the choice of coolers to a certain degree (pun not intended)
The Prolimatech Samuel 17 makes it possible to install a cooling solution for your Core i3/i5, overclock to 4.00GHz with relative ease (your mileage may vary) and do so having used no more than 70mm in vertical space. With the right ambient temperatures it may well be possible to use this cooler with more powerful Core i5/i7 processors, however overclocking will be heavily restricted.
Today you will struggle to find one of these coolers on sale in the UK, however it is on sale in Germany for 39 Euros inclusive of VAT. Given today's exchange rate, we believe that the Samuel will be available for around £35, which for it's selling points is quite reasonable.
We are glad to see that Prolimatech have taken the initiative to widen their product portfolio to cater for low profile machines and succeed. Because of this we are happy to give the Samuel 17 our recommended award.
- Excellent sub 95W CPU Performance
- Low Profile
- Ease of Installation