Prolimatech Panther CPU Cooler

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Heatsink Comparison Table

°C rise Comparison (CPU Temperature)
SPL (dBA@1m)
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
Prolimatech Panther
(ref. 120mm fan)
-
-
-
31
-
-
33
36
Noctua NH-L12
(both fans)
33
-
-
34
-
35
-
36
Noctua NH-L12
(ref. 120mm fan)
-
-
-
-
-
34
-
37
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B
(ref. 120mm fan)
-
-
-
-
-
36
-
39
Noctua NH-L12
(120mm fan)
-
-
37
-
-
38
-
39
42
Prolimatech Panther
-
-
-
-
-
35
-
42
-
Scythe Big Shuriken
(ref. 120mm fan)
-
-
-
-
-
41
-
43
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B
-
39
-
-
-
43
-
48
Reeven Arcziel
-
-
-
-
42
-
-
47
-
Scythe Samurai ZZ
(ref. 92mm fan)
-
-
-
-
-
-
44
-
51
Reeven Arcziel
(ref. 92mm fan)
-
-
-
41
-
-
-
52
-
Scythe Samurai ZZ
-
-
45
-
-
46
-
52
Cooler Master GeminII M4
(ref. 120mm fan)
- -
-
48
-
-
51
54
Noctua NH-L12
(92mm fan)
42
-
44
-
47
-
51
57
Scythe Big Shuriken
43
-
-
-
-
46
-
61
Cooler Master GeminII M4
-
-
-
53
56
-
64
Scythe Kozuti
-
-
57
-
-
62
-
65
Reeven Vanxie
-
66
-
-
-
-
77
-
F
Stock fan results in light green, reference fan results in dark green.

The Panther earns very high marks, landing at the top of our chart when paired with our reference Nexus 120 mm fan, edging out the down-blowing Noctua NH-L12 and Scythe Big Shuriken 2. To be fair, our LGA1155 heatsink test platform is designed for smaller coolers, but it is indicative of what to expect when using the Panther with a typical Sandy/Ivy Bridge processor.

°C rise Comparison (VRM Temperature)
SPL (dBA@1m)
20
19
18
17
16
15
14
13
12
Noctua NH-L12
(both fans)
17
-
-
19
-
21
-
23
Noctua NH-L12
(ref. 120mm fan)
-
-
-
-
-
20
-
25
Scythe Big Shuriken
(ref. 120mm fan)
-
-
-
-
-
25
-
29
Prolimatech Panther
-
-
-
-
-
24
-
30
-
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B
(ref. 120mm fan)
-
-
-
-
-
27
-
31
Noctua NH-L12
(120mm fan)
-
-
24
-
-
26
-
27
32
Prolimatech Panther
(ref. 120mm fan)
-
-
-
28
-
-
30
31
Cooler Master GeminII M4
(ref. 120mm fan)
-
-
-
25
-
-
30
32
Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B
-
29
-
-
-
34
-
39
Noctua NH-L12
(92mm fan)
28
-
31
-
33
-
38
43
Scythe Samurai ZZ
(ref. 92mm fan)
-
-
-
-
-
-
36
-
43
Reeven Arcziel
-
-
-
-
38
-
-
41
-
Scythe Big Shuriken
28
-
-
-
-
30
-
47
Reeven Arcziel
(ref. 92mm fan)
-
-
-
35
-
-
-
47
-
Cooler Master GeminII M4
-
-
-
34
38
-
49
Scythe Kozuti
-
-
36
-
-
40
-
45
Scythe Samurai ZZ
-
-
38
-
-
39
-
47
Reeven Vanxie
-
45
-
-
-
-
56
-
F
Stock fan results in light green, reference fan results in dark green.

Surprisingly, VRM cooling was actually fairly decent with the Panther, beating out many of the smaller top-down heatsinks we've tested. As side-blowing towers coolers don't provide direct airflow over the CPU socket, VRM temperatures are usually higher than normal.

MP3 SOUND RECORDINGS

These recordings were made with a high resolution, lab quality, digital recording system inside SPCR's own 11 dBA ambient anechoic chamber, then converted to LAME 128kbps encoded MP3s. We've listened long and hard to ensure there is no audible degradation from the original WAV files to these MP3s. They represent a quick snapshot of what we heard during the review.

These recordings are intended to give you an idea of how the product sounds in actual use — one meter is a reasonable typical distance between a computer or computer component and your ear. The recording contains stretches of ambient noise that you can use to judge the relative loudness of the subject. Be aware that very quiet subjects may not be audible — if we couldn't hear it from one meter, chances are we couldn't record it either!

The recording starts with 5~10 second segments of room ambiance, then the fan at various levels. For the most realistic results, set the volume so that the starting ambient level is just barely audible, then don't change the volume setting again.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Panther is a smaller offering than usual from Prolimatech. It's a relatively thin, light heatsink targeted at users with more modest processors. Its performance is well matched for Sandy/Ivy Bridge processors. The mounting system is very secure and easy to install though we would have preferred a universal backplate solution that included broader socket support. The stock fan is nothing special, in both performance and acoustics, but it is nice to see an LED fan that produces less blinding, indirect lighting.

The Panther's lack of girth obviously limits its capabilities but its US$50 price is a disadvantage as a budget tower. It's a bit much considering how much heatsink you actually get, making us wonder if it was a good idea to carryover the high build-quality (nickel-plating etc.) from their premium products. It's also notable that you can purchase the larger Prolimatech Megahalems for just ~$15 more.

Our thanks to Prolimatech for the Panther CPU cooler sample.

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