Date: July 26th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Prolimatech
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
The base is copper (as are the six heatpipes) and plated in, I assume, nickel. The fit is outstanding and the closely spaced ‘pipes promise good performance. Build quality and materials are top-notch and I'm impressed by the manufacturing process that allows all those heatpipes to wend their way from the base to the top of the cooler. The base doesn't have the highly polished finish we're used to seeing on most high performance coolers, but there's a very good reason for this. Prolimatech has the following warning posted prominently on their website:
Consequently, I won't be commenting on the finish or flatness of the base.
There is a lot of mounting hardware associated with the Armageddon and includes two pair of newly designed fan clips for dual fan mounting. All modern Intel sockets are supported, but AMD users are out of luck (well, kinda, see below.) The supplied manual is quite detailed with respect to mounting the cooler and the mounting solution looks to be very robust. Prolimatech also includes a syringe of thermal paste.
Prolimatech does offer a mounting solution for AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 platforms. The down side is that AMD users will have to pony up an extra $10-$13 or so, and Prolimatech has no plans to include the AMD mounting solution with their coolers in the foreseeable future. It is available at a few etailers around the web so it can be had, but if I were an AMD user, I'd be more than a little put out at having to spend extra money in order to use the cooler on my board. Perhaps Prolimatech should market an AMD edition to avoid alienating this group.
There are no fans included with the Armageddon, but Prolimatech sent along two of their Blue Vortex 14 fans for me to use in the review. These are three-wire fans with (duh) 3-pin connectors, but since they came without any retail packaging or documentation…