Gelid Slim Silence & Prolimatech Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Coolers

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Gelid Slim Silence & Prolimatech Samuel 17 Low Profile CPU Coolers

July 25, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Gelid Slim Silence AM2
1U CPU Cooler
Prolimatech Samuel 17
Low Profile CPU Cooler
Gelid Solutions Prolimatech
Street Price
~US$20 ~US$50

In an era where the hardware in PCs is outpacing the demands of the applications used by most end-users, the trend toward smaller, less clunky computers is on the rise. When it comes to DIY computers, the hip build of the moment is the slim and compact mini-ITX rig. Whether your intention is to build a powerhouse LAN party box, a sleek home theater PC, or simply a general use machine that isn't a gigantic eyesore, if you appreciate quiet PCs, you may run into a common problem: cooling a reasonably fast processor is difficult in a cramped space.

While slim short cases have plenty of appeal, they are by definition, short on space; the massive heatpipe cooler you would ordinarily install in a tower are out of the question. CPU heatsink clearance is the main obstacle to be overcome, whether limited by the case ceiling itself or another component hanging over the CPU socket area. Whatever the case, you have to make the most of the space provided, which is where low profile coolers like the Gelid Slim Silence and Prolimatech Samuel 17 come into play.

Gelid Slim Silence AM2

Gelid Slim Silence AM2 box.

First we start with the Gelid Slim Silence, a 1U compatible cooler with a height of only 28 mm. Its dimensions also rigidly conform to that of the CPU socket, in this case AM2/AM3 (a LGA775 model is also available) for maximum compatibility. It is the lowest common denominator so to speak - it will fit in anything. Given its size, CPU support is limited to 65W — for AMD processors this means Athlon II X2s and the energy efficient variants of the Athlon/Phenom II X3 and X4 only. With its super small size, it's really only a candidate for cases with severe CPU cooler height restrictions.

Gelid Slim Silence AM2: Specifications
(from the product web page)
*INCLUDED: Pre-applied high performance GC-2 thermal compound
Air Flow (CFM): 20 max
Bearing: Ball Bearing
Cable Length (mm): 250
Current (A): 0.20
DC Voltage (V): 12
Fan Dimensions (mm): 65 (dia) x 15 (h)
Fan Speed (RPM): 1200 - 2500
Heat Sink Dimensions (mm): 105 (l) x 74.5 (w) x 28 (h)
Life Time MTTF at 40C (h): 50'000
Noise Level (dBA): 15 - 27.2
Static Pressure (mmAq): 1.25
Warranty (years): 5
Weight (g): 262

Prolimatech Samuel 17

Prolimatech Samuel 17 box.

The Prolimatech Samuel 17 is a much more ambitious cooler. It's weird name comes from 1 Samuel, Chapter 17 of the Old Testament which recounts the story of David who of course slew the giant Goliath despite his small stature. Odder perhaps is that they didn't name the heatsink after David instead. The Samuel 17 is Prolimatech's answer to compact high performance coolers like the Scythe Big Shuriken. The Samuel 17 is a downblowing heatsink with 6 heatpipes, support for 120 mm fans (none included), and a height of 45 mm (we measured 46 mm) making it an almost perfect analog to the Big Shuriken.

Prolimatech Samuel 17: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Heatsink Dimension (L) 121.2mm x (W) 120mm x (H) 45mm
Heatsink Weight 410g
Heatpipe Ø 6mm x 6pcs
Suggest Fan 120mm x 25mm, 120mm x 12mm
Suggest Fan Speed 1000~2000rpm
Suggest Noise Level (dBA) Below 26dBA

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