Date: November 11th, 2010
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Prolimatech
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I don't usually spend much time on the box in these reviews, but Mr. Bones felt that Prolimatech's retail packaging is different enough to warrant a bit of attention. First of all, the “flip and lift” design of the box is easily opened, yet very secure and features a window through which the top of cooler can be seen. Inside, the cooler is protected by a plastic bag and sandwiched between two soft foam blocks, and shares space with a small box containing the mounting hardware, manual and other accessories.
Aside from the Super Mega cooler, there is a glossy fold-out user's manual, mounting hardware (including thermal compound) and a backplate and spacer. We'll go over this in more detail later, but I'm glad to see that the excellent mounting solution seems to be unchanged. There are only a couple of changes that I can see from the original accessory pack. First of all, the black spring-loaded mounting screws provide extra pressure on the processor, and the fan mounting clips are much different. Prolimatech also includes a large sticker for your case…or the bumper of your car.
As you can see, the Super Mega ships with support for Intel sockets only, but 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 this cooler on my board. Perhaps Prolimatech should market an AMD edition to avoid alienating this group.