Gelid Tranquillo CPU Cooler Review

by AkG     |     March 15, 2010

Gelid Tranquillo CPU Cooler Review

Manufacture’s Product Page: Click Here
Part Number: CC-TranQ-01-A
Price: Click here to compare prices
Warranty: 5 years

Gelid is not what you would call a household name when it comes to CPU coolers, but they have been quickly making quite the name for themselves in the fan sector with their low noise, high performance, yet frugally priced 120mm fans like the “Wing” and “Silent” series. To be honest, while the name “Gelid” may not be as well known a name as “Arctic Cooling” probably is, Gebhard Scherrer (co-founder of Arctic Cooling) and his business associate VC Tran are for all intents and purposes the driving force behind this young Hong Kong-based company. Given the fact that Gelid only started operations two years ago, the amount of success and respect they have garnered is a testament to how good their designs are. As for how they came up with the name Gelid, it comes from the Latin word “gelidus” which means Icy or cold, which we think is a very fitting name for a company that provides cooling solutions.

In today’s review we will be looking at the new Gelid Tranquillo CPU cooler. While there has been a good long pause between Gelid’s first cooler (the Silent Spirit we reviewed a while back) and this second product, the engineers over at Gelid have been busy as this cooler is not just a rehash of what they have done before. Unlike the Silent Spirit which was a down draft cooler, the Tranquillo is designed as a more standard looking tower style unit. It has an all copper base to help wick away the heat from the CPU and a really interesting fin array designed to help maximize heat dissipation. Needless to say we were very interested to see how well this cooler performs when we first saw it.

The Tranquillo is now available at retailer and e-tailers throughout Canada and very recently we saw it on sale for as little as $29.99. It will be interesting to see if this budget friendly product is going to be able to go head to head with other value orientated coolers like the Cooler Master Hyper 212. If it can, we may just be looking at another great "bang for your buck" heatsink.


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