Prolimatech Armageddon 140mm CPU Cooler Review

Author: AkG
Date: June 10, 2010
Product Name: Prolimatech Armageddon CPU Cooler
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The term “Value” is such an amorphous term that it truly has different meanings for different people. For some a CPU cooler is only as good as it over-clocking potential, for others it is how quiet it does its job; for others still it’s how effective it is for its cost. We here at HWC try to provide as many answers as possible for the term “Value”. Hopefully by this point in the review people looking at OC potential or loudness levels will have a fairly good idea of what its Value is. For the “best bang for the buck” crowd we have included a chart below showing how much each 1°C less costs when compared to Intel’s FREE stock cooler. No consideration has been made for noise levels, “looks” or any other extraneous factors; this is just raw performance vs. monetary cost. For any cooler which performs worse than the Intel stock cooler a rating of “FAIL” will be given. For any cooler which has a “Value” of more than $10 per 1°C a rating of “FAIL” will be used in the graph but the chart will list its actual “Value”.

All prices are based on either their MSRP (if no e-tailer prices were available at review time) or the lowest price found in our Price Comparison engine at the time of their initial review for the "Original" chart and are the lowest price found in our Price Comparison engine at the time of this review for the "Updated" chart. If a CPU cooler does not include a fan the price of a Scythe S-Flex 1200RPM has been included ($12).

To make it as easy as possible for you to modify this ratio we have also included the various coolers temperature difference so if you do come across one of them on sale you can easily modify its “Value” rating. We here at HWC are in no way saying this is the definitive answer to “Value”, rather it should be considered another tool to help you make your final decision. After all something is only as “valuable” as what you consider it to be.

Please Note: This chart has be calculated based upon the differences between Intel stock cooler’s average load at its highest OC on a 920 @ 3.42GHz versus various after market coolers average load temperatures (in their stock configuration with MX-2 TIM) also on a 920 @ 3.42GHz.

Please Note: Where this cooler really is not meant for running 120mm fans we have included two sets of numbers: the value based on a 120mm Noctua fan results and the results of the Armageddon when equipped with a Xigmatek fan. Where we have included two sets of numbers

With a value of over 4 dollars per degree Celsius gained over stock, the Armageddon is obviously not what you would call a “great value”, but this chart only tells part of the story. What this chart cannot tell you is that when you pair two fans up to the Armageddon its value is high enough to compete against the Noctua D14. Add in the fact that you will run into almost no installation issues, and the fact you will end up with a dead silent CPU cooling solution (especially if you use 1000rpm fans) and you end up with a product that can in fact be considered a good value.

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