Prolimatech Armageddon & Coolermaster V8 CPU Coolers

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Prolimatech Armageddon & Coolermaster V8 CPU Coolers

April 22, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Prolimatech Armageddon
CPU Cooler
Coolermaster V8
CPU Cooler
Prolimatech Coolermaster
Street Price
US$70 US$55~$60

Prolimatech Armageddon

In spite of their limited product catalogue, the Megahalems CPU cooler quickly gave the Prolimatech brand instant recognition among PC enthusiasts. The Megahalems was a powerful opening salvo due to its superb performance, a solid mounting scheme, and an aggressive marketing campaign that landed review units at the door of many hardware sites months before the heatsink became available in North America. The rave reviews that followed had many users looking for high performance cooling giddy with anticipation for it to arrive.

The Armageddon.

Their other CPU heatsink, the Armageddon, shares many of the same design elements, but is considerably thinner so the fan does not need to generate as much pressure. The heatpipes are not staggered or arrayed in columns as per usual — they are lined up all in a row so each one receives direct airflow. The large surface area is designed to be cooled by an 140 mm fan.

Armageddon mounting hardware.

The mounting hardware for the Armageddon is similar to that found on the Megahalems, except for the fan clips which we will discuss in greater detail later on. The backplate only has holes for LGA1156 and LGA1366. Users with AMD systems have the option of purchasing an AMD adapter kit separately.

Prolimatech Armageddon: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Heatsink Dimension (L)144mm X (W)50mm X (H)160.3mm
Heatsink Weight 750g
Heatpipe Ø 6mm X 6pcs
Suggest Fan 140mm X 140mm X 25mm
Suggest Fan Speed 800~1200rpm
Suggest Noise Level (dBA) Below 26dBA
Air Flow 57CFM
Direction of heatsink
Faces the rear exhaust system fan

Coolermaster V8

Coolermaster have been in the cooling game for years, and love them or hate them, you must admit that they have a sense of fearlessness when it comes to design. Once they settle on an idea, they commit wholeheartedly each time. The best example of this was 2 years ago, when they released the massive Hyper Z600 meant for passive operation. The Z600 weighed more than 1 kilogram, and it remains to this day, among the heaviest, largest heatsink we have ever tested.

The V8.

The V8 isn't quite the beast the Z600 was, nor does it feature a revolutionary design with vegetable juice inside the heatpipes. At the core of the V8 is an encapsulated 120 mm fan surrounded by a traditional tower body. The only example of this type of design that has succeeded in recent times is the Noctua NH-D14. (Editor's Note: It's a newer heatsink that manages to edge the Z600 in massivity.) To make things more interesting (and convoluted), the V8 also has two smaller heatsink sections on the exterior of each side — it almost looks like a pair of large northbridge or VRM heatsinks attached to the main structure. The fan has a controller attached to it that can be mounted on a expansion slot bracket, but it has a limited range delivering the equivalent of 9V at its minimum setting.

V8 accessories.

The V8 uses the same mounting system as the Z600, which unfortunately involves tightening the mount from the back of the motherboard. On a more positive note, all of AMD's current sockets are supported and the associated mounting frame can be rotated. Our sample also shipped with LGA1156 and LGA1366 mounting hardware, but according to Coolermaster, the supported Intel sockets vary from region to region.

Coolermaster V8: Specifications
(from the product web page)
CPU Socket Intel Socket:
LGA1366 / LGA1156 / LGA775*

AMD Socket:
AM3 / AM2+ / AM2
CPU Support Intel:
Core™ i7 Extreme / Core™ i7 / Core™ i5 / Core™ i3 / Core™2 Extreme / Core™2 Quad / Core™2 Duo / Pentium / Celeron

Phenom™ II X4 / Phenom™ II X3 / Phenom™ II X2 / Phenom™ X4 / Phenom™ X3 / Athlon™ II X4 / Athlon™ II X3 / Athlon™ II X2 / Athlon™ X2 / Athlon™ / Sempron™
Dimensions 120 x 128 x 161.1mm
Weight 865g
Heat Sink Dimensions 120 x 120 x 158mm
Heat Sink Material Copper Base / Aluminum Fins / 8 Heat Pipes
Heat Pipes Dimensions ø6mm
Fan Dimension (W / H / D) 120 x 120 x 25mm
Fan Speed 800 - 1800RPM
Fan Airflow 69.69CFM
Air pressure (mmH2O) 2.94mm H2O
Bearing Type Rifle Bearing
Fan Life Expectancy 40,000hrs
Fan Noise Level (dB-A) 17 - 21 dBA
Fan Speed Adjustment Install on PCI Slot
Connector 4-pin
Fan Control PWM + VR Controller
Rated Voltage 12V
Start Voltage 7V
Operating Voltage 10.38V - 13.2V
Rated Current 0.12A
Input Power 1.44W
Note * Supplied accessories may differ by country or area. Please check with your local distributor for further details.

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