Prolimatech Samuel 17 Small Form Factor CPU Cooler Review

Author: AkG
Date: August 12, 2010
Product Name: Prolimatech Samuel 17 Small Form Factor CPU Cooler
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A Closer Look at the Samuel 17

As you can see the colour combination is classic Prolimatech blue and white but this time the box itself is ultra small as is befitting of this heatsink’s size.

Opening the box up we can see Prolimatech has opted for a two piece, form fitting, high density foam protection scheme. The Samuel 17 is nestled in between these foam protective layers making for one heck a trauma shield.

The list of accessories includes a small syringe of TIM, an installation pamphlet and mounting hardware for Intel 775, 1156, 1366 systems and AMD systems. We really like seeing AMD equipment included and feel it should be standard for all coolers. As you can also see, there is no included fan nor are there any backplates provided due to this heatsink’s paltry weight.

With official dimensions of 121.2mm x 120mm x 45mm we knew the Samuel was going to be tiny but from a visual perspective it is actually smaller than its dimensions lead you to believe. The maximum width is a good 40mm wider than the heatsink itself simply because Prolimatech decided to use two extension arms for 120mm fan compatibility.

Since this is a down draft cooler, the upside to making its footprint actually larger than the fin array is that a certain amount of the fan’s air movement can be used to cool the motherboard’s passive heatsinks. This should prove to be a huge benefit for the integrated graphics chips seen in many HTPCs which need all the cooling help they can get.

While this cooler is small it is not as light as you would think something as small as it “should” weigh. Prolimatech spared no expense here and the Samuel 17 made out of high grade metal without any hints of cheap plastic anywhere.

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