Prolimatech Super Mega CPU Cooler Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅31-03-11
Packaging and Content

The packaging

The packaging in which the Prolimatech Super Mega comes in is fairly minimal. Using a thin cardboard construction, it isn’t the robust of packaging but the heatsink is still well secured inside. Prolimatech have moved away from their distinct blue cardboard housing which they initially used for the original Megahalem. Aside from the features and specifications on either side of the box, the name has been printed on the front with a badge indicating that it is an improved version of the original Megahalem. The gold emblem on the front is also reminiscent of Optimus Prime from Transformers and the cooler itself follows the same theme as we will see later on. Opening the box is a simple matter of removing the top lid.

Opening the box

Going inside, there is one accessory pack containing all the necessary installation parts and thermal paste, and the heatsink is nicely enclosed in foam so it is protected from damage.

The bundle

All the necessary kit is provided for installation on Intel systems. Unfortunately only sockets LGA775/1366/1156/1155 are supported but an additional kit can be bought for AMD socket support. Bundled in the package are:

-Heatsink Body
-Intel backplate
-Custom LGA775 backplate spacer
-4x rivet nuts
-6x O-rings
-2x aluminium strip adapter
-4x double end studs with nut
-4x screw nuts
-Aluminium mounting plate
-4x spring loaded screws
-4x black spring loaded screws with extensive 70lbs pressure
-4x 120/140mm fan wire clips
-Prolimatech PK-1 thermal paste
-User manual

The installation components are constructed solidly to ensure that the cooler can be installed securely despite its weight. A nice addition is the thermal paste which again is a very good performer. Interestingly, there are two types of spring loaded screws provided, the black ones applying up to 70lbs pressure similar to Thermalright’s adjustable anchor. I would personally recommend against using these due to reports of users damaging their CPU sockets with too much pressure. Realistically, the normal spring loaded screws are enough for more than adequate pressure. A user manual has also been bundled in the form of a fold out sheet of paper.

The cooler

The Super Mega is a very striking heatsink, more so for its unique styling and distinct design. The heatsink has a very shiny finish compared to the matt finish on the Noctua NH-D14. In terms of shape, the Super Mega is comprised of two towers which stand next to each other as opposed to having one in front of the other. This means that fans blow through both towers simultaneously. Each tower is supported by the either ends of the U-shaped heat pipes which transfer heat from a common base. Compared to single tower designs such as the Thermalright VX, the two towers are separated by a narrow 5mm gap in the middle to lower resistance. The heat pipes are arranged to be in line to give even support to the towers but unfortunately it means that airflow to the heat pipes is hindered by the one closest to the push fan.

The front of the cooler

From the front view, the dual tower design is more apparent and the symmetry adds to the appeal of the Super Mega. In total, there are 45 fins separated by a 2.5mm gap. The fin spacing is fairly large compared to some other coolers we have reviewed and the reason is to reduce resistance making it better suited to low RPM fans. Ideally, more turbulence is better for heat dissipation but it comes at the cost of needed high RPM fans with higher static pressure, resulting in louder operation. The Super Mega is more suited to lower RPM fans and quieter operation but it will still perform better with higher RPM ones. On top of that, the fins are planar with no alterations to increase surface area or turbulence.

The side profile

From the side, there is still symmetry in the shape of the cooler. At 74mm wide, the Super Mega is 11mm wider than the Venomous X meaning that it may coincide with tall heatsink modules with a front push fan installed.

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