Inside the informative retail box, Gelid has included the Tranquillo, it's PWM 120mm fan and clips, Intel mounting solutions, an installation sheet, a syringe of TIM, a sticker, and the two-piece AMD mounting brackets.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The view from the top gives us some idea of the cooling design, with the four heatpipes in an unusual arrangement. The fin design is also unusual and we'll see how all this affects cooling in the testing phase. The top plastic badge is purely ornamental, but is attractive and gives the cooler a finished look.
From the front, we can see that the fins are relatively widely spaced for good cooling performance with lower pressure, quiet fans. The four 6mm copper heatpipes bring the heat to the aluminum fins for dissipation by the PWM fan. I'm a bit puzzled by the addition of an aluminum finned heatsink installed on the base, as there is very little airflow here, but I suppose it couldn't hurt.
Overall construction looks adequate at the base, but the base lacks the polished finish of many heatsinks. While the importance of this in relation to how it affects cooling performance is open to debate, there's no doubt that surface finish can have an impact if it's not done properly. The base is flat, but the manner in which it's attached to the heatpipes and mounting plate looks a little sloppy (the base doesn't line up with the mounting plate and there are gaps on the side with what appears to be TIM.) We'll see how much, if at all, this affects cooling performance a little later. The fins have a distinctive dimpled texture that will also improve cooling performance, according to Gelid.