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Gelid Tranquillo Rev3

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Gelid Tranquillo Rev 3

Price:  £29.99

Technical Specification 

CPUIntel: 775,1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011/v3.  AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes4x6mm Copper pipes
MaterialsAluminium fins, Copper base
Fan Speed120mm fan @1500rpm 
Noise LevelMax 26.5dB(A)
Air FlowNot given
Air Pressure2.08mmH2O


Up Close

We've got a trio of Gelid coolers to look at, the first of them being the 3rd incarnation of the entry point Tranquillo, Appropriatly named the Tranquillo Rev 3.  Gelid, it appears, are also practitioners of the "bag-o-bolts approach to fittings, thankfully, everything you need is in there to fit it a whole host of Intel and AMD kit, you even get a small syringe of TIM and a case badge sticker.

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The cooler is a 120mm fan based design, with the fan overhanging below the 40 element fin stack to give some additional cooling to the small heat sink attached directly to the contact plate's upper surface.  The four 6mm uncoated copper pipes are placed equidistant form the edge and centre of the fin stack, with a slight staggering front to back.

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The top of the Tranquillo is a simple Aluminium plate, with just the faintest of Gelid Branding embossed on the surface.  It's all pretty neat and tidy underneath too, with only the faintest hint of solder splatter.

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Fitting the Tranquillo was similar to that of the bequiet coolers but thankfully the small bolts are tensioned down with a screw driver as opposed to a crappy little spanner.  The other difference between this and the bequiet coolers is that I wasn't left with desire to throw it through a window.  Unfortunately for the Tranquillo it failed to perform as well as others in its class and came only 4th from the bottom of the overall charts.

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Most Recent Comments

10-08-2016, 14:32:21

Had a quick look..
dont see any AIO's in there as a comparison.. I think it would have been nice to see atleast 1-2 of the most popular ones in there, it would just round out the comparisons a bit better imo if you also factor noise efficiency and redundancy.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:36:41

Great article, good to see my D15 is still a beast in the air cooled department.

One small thing, while reading the D15 page I couldn't help but notice something wrong.

With the front fan installed you are though limited to standard height RAM.
This is actually not the case, the fan can be positioned forward due to the design of the mounting which allows for big RAM if you have the case clearance for the fan to protrude off the cooler.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:52:00

That explains all the hype around the Cryorig lot, good prices and performance there. Great to see so many all together in one place for comparison.Quote

10-08-2016, 14:53:46

The BeQuiet coolers are meant to be tightened from the back of the motherboard, not above and between the fins. No wonder you found it hard to do.. If you are saying that poor fitting is the reason they don't perform well, then the test results are not representative of the coolers performance.Quote

10-08-2016, 15:08:21

I bought the Be Quiet Dark Rock TF for the looks for the Lian Li Q10 build - was supriced that it placed so low.

Have the Raijintek Pallas on my living room rig cooling a G3258 and I thought it was great.Quote

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