CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Gelid Antarctica

CPU Air Cooler Mega Test

Gelid Antarctica

Price:  £37.00

Technical Specification 

CPUIntel: 775,1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011/v3.  AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+
Heat pipes5x6mm Copper pipes
MaterialsAluminium fins, Copper base
Fan Speed140mm fan @1500rpm 
Noise LevelMax 27.8dB(A)
Air FlowNot given
Air Pressure1.86mmH2O


Up Close

The second Gelid we're going to look at is the Antarctica.  Packaging wise Gelid eschew cardboard and expanded polystyrene in favour of vac pack clip together plastic shells.

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The cooler itself is 160mm tall and has a 140mm 1500rpm fan on duty.  Additional spring clips are provided should you wish to add an extra fan.  Looking at the heat pipes, Gelid have done a decent job of spacing them latero-medially so hopefully we should see some decent results.

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The cooler is actually quite plain, with simple Aluminium fins and a black 140mm fan, giving he whole assembly something of an OEM feel to it.

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Installation was a bit of a fiddle, with the method being very similar to that of bequiet.  the only saving grace was that as it's a slim cooler access to the four bolt down points was relatively easy.  Things however do not bode well for the larger coolers in the range if they favour the same technique, (Glances suspiciously at twin stack Gelid cooler due to be tested next).  For a 140mm fan based cooler though the performance fell well short of the mark, to put it into perspective the Arctic Freezer i11, which is a 92mm fan based cooler was only 0.5 of a degree behind it in the 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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