Cooling specialist Gelid has started the new year with the launch of its Black Edition cooler, designed to provide high performance for gamers and overclockers with support for up to three - yes, three - fans.
Based on a thin-fin aluminium tower design, the cooler packs three 8mm-thick heatpipes alongside 6mm heatpipes for a total of seven independent heatpipes. The result, Gelid claims, is an unprecedented ability to draw heat away from the CPU's hot-spots without sacrificing space: the cooler's thin and tall layout is designed to prevent fouling of the RAM sockets on X79 motherboards, something that users of taller RAM modules will appreciate. The layout of the heatpipes themselves is also clever: rather than spacing the pipes out in a linear fashion, five make near-direct contact with the CPU through the copper base of the heatsink while a further two pipes are soldered on top of those to provide additional cooling to the centre of the chip.
The layout of the Gelid Black Edition is interesting: like most tower coolers, the heatsink provides room to mount fans on the front and back sides in a push-pull configuration. Where the Black Edition differs from most is in the inclusion of a centre fan, sandwiched between the aluminium fins that provide cooling for the seven heatpipes. This can be used by itself to quietly cool chips with a lower thermal design profile (TDP,) or to provide a push-pull configuration without the need to find room for a fan at either side in a cramped case. For those with the room, of course, it's possible to populate all three positions with 120mm fans with Gelid providing one each of its Slim 12 PWM and Silent 12 PWM models with the heatsink, both of which - as their names suggest - support pulse-width modulated (PWM) speed control.
With overall dimensions of 109mm by 126mm and 160mm tall and a 990g weight with the supplied fans fitted, it's a pretty beefy heatsink - but, sadly, Gelid has not provided performance figures. Mounting brackets for Intel Socket 775, 1155, 1156, 1366 and 2011 and AMD AM2, AM2+, AM3, AM3+, FM1 and FM2 are included in the €59 recommended retail price (around £48 excluding taxes.)
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