The Prolimatech Armageddon

Prolimatech is a relatively new face in the CPU thermal solution industry. Founded in 2008 in Taiwan, Prolimatech has made quite the stir with their high-end heatsinks such as the Megahalems. Today we will be taking a look at Prolimatech's latest creation, the Armageddon that was originally announced in March 2010. Whereas the Megahalem is quite boxy in shape the Armageddon is slender yet the Armageddon appears to be of similar caliber to the Megahalem with six 6mm heatpipes and the ability to mount dual 140mm fans. Let's now take a look at the Prolimatech Armageddon and see how it differs.

Prolimatech Armageddon Heatsink

From the front it is hard to see how the heatsink may be different from the Megahalem. A telling sign though is the arrangement of heatpipes exiting the base. The heatpipes contort into a uniform line that penetrates the aluminum fins.

Heatsink Dimension (L)144mm X (W)50mmX (H)160.3mm
Heatsink Weight 750g
Heatpipe Size
Ø 6mm X 6pcs
Suggested Fan Size
140mm X 140mm X25mm
Suggested Fan Speed 800~1200rpm
Suggest Noise Level (dBA) Below 26dBA
Air Flow 57CFM
Direction of heatsink Faces the rear exhaust system fan
Pricing $67.99 plus shipping without Fans

Prolimatech includes all the mounting hardware required to install the cooler on Intel socket 775, 1156, and 1366 platforms. If you are an AMD fan you will find that the Prolimatech Armageddon CPU Cooler supports AMD AM2/AM2+/AM3 sockets, but needs an optional mounting kit that costs another $9 USD. The Prolimatech Armageddon CPU Cooler also doesn't come with any fans, but is compatible with both 120mm x 25mm and 140mm x 25mm fans. You'll want to go with 140mm fans if you have to buy new ones as they will push more air, be quieter and help cool more of the Armageddons surface area. For testing today we will be using a pair of Xigmatek XLF-F1453 140mm fans to get the job done. These fans are rated at 63.5 CFM and a noise level of under 16 dBA, which is very nice.  The Xigmatek XFL-F1453 cooling fans run $12.99 plus $2.99 shipping each at Newegg. This puts our our Prolimatech Armageddon CPU cooler at $99.95 for the Intel platform. For the $100 price range you are getting up there for air cooling as you can get closed loop liquid coolers like the Corsair Hydro H50 for under $80 shipped, so let's take a closer look at this cooler before jumping into installation and testing.

Prolimatech Armageddon Heatsink

From the side you get a good idea of precisely how thin the Armageddon is. For those curious the dimensions are (L)144mm X (W)50mmX (H)160.3mm. The fins are just barely wider than the base making for a very thin profile.

Prolimatech Armageddon Base

The base of the Armageddon is formed of two pieces of copper that are clamped together with solder flowed between them to form a thermal connection to the heatpipes. The two holes in the top of the base are used with the mounting mechanism to center the heatsink over the processor.

Prolimatech Armageddon Heatsink Base

The base of the Armageddon is purposely machined to be slightly convex. You can see above against the relatively flat edge of my ancient Athlon XP that the top and bottom of the PCB do not make contact with the base. The reason for this is that a lot of CPU IHS are slightly concave or flat. With a convex base the mounting pressure of the mounting mechanism will press the center of the base against the area directly over the core of the CPU. Prolimatech advises against sanding the base and states this will void the warranty. The only instance lapping the base will be certainly useful is if you have also lapped the CPU IHS flat.

Packaging

Let's take a look at the packaging for the Prolimatech Armageddon. If I know anything about heatsinks it is the frustration I feel when I unbox a heatsink to only find the fins all bent awry. Keep reading to see how Prolimatech prevents this scenario.

Prolimatech Armageddon Box

The outer box covering the Armageddon has a great feel to it in addition to the entertaining "100% Brawn" icon in the top right corner. Just like the Prolimatech Megashadow, the Armageddon has an abstract design on the box art. I can't help but think if Transformers though and considering the names of the heatsinks I feel this may have been an inspiration. The tagline "Without sacrificing space" accurately describes how the Armageddon fits into the Prolimatech lineup.

Prolimatech Armageddon Box

Not only is the heatsink slender but the box itself is packed up quite tight. You can see roughly one inch thick foam inserts that secure the heatsink within the box. Towards the top of the image is the box of accessories including the mounting mechanism.

Prolimatech Armageddon Packaging

Unless Fedex or UPS kicks the box your Armageddon should show up in perfect condition as you can see above.

Prolimatech Armageddon Packaging

The entire heatsink was sealed in a thin plastic bag which kept the heatsink free of fingerprints for about thirty seconds. You can also see a slip of plastic stuck to the base to prevent any grazes from marring the base.

Prolimatech Armageddon Accessories

The accessory pack is well.. a package of accessories. Moving on.

Prolimatech Armageddon Accessories

The accessories contain everything you would need to mount the Armageddon to an LGA1156 or LGA1366 motherboard. Prolimatech includes fan clips to mount two 120mm or 140mm fans to the Armageddon. Lastly there is a tube of Prolimatech's own thermal grease.

Mounting Process

Unlike most cheap mounting mechanisms that use the dreaded push-pins seen on Intel's stock heatsinks, Prolimatech has included a rather hefty mounting system including a backplate and support system around the CPU.

Prolimatech Armageddon Mount

The backplate is self-explanatory. It goes on the back of your board. Just insert the four studs into the backplate and then place a rubber washer to secure them in place.

Prolimatech Armageddon Mount

The front side of the mounting mechanism is just as simple as the backplate. There are four two-sided screws that thread into the studs from the backplate. Over these you lay the two black brackets and then use the four nuts to secure the entire assembly in place. Tighten them down hand-tight and then give them another twist for good luck.

Prolimatech Armageddon Mount

The last piece of the puzzle is a cross-brace that screws into the two supporting braces. This cross-brace is what applies pressure to the heatsink and causes the convex base to press into the CPU's IHS. The two screws that secure the cross-brace have springs surrounding them to help apply an even pressure.

Prolimatech Armageddon Mount

With the heatsink mounted it is a simple process of following directions to clip the fans in place. Slide the fanclips over your fans and use your fingers to clip them in place. I find using a butterknife helps considerably when removing the clips.

Test Configuration

Prolimatech Armageddon Mount

Today's testing was performed on my interim X58 review platform. I'm using an Intel Core i7 980x on the Gigabyte X58A-UD7 with the F6 BIOS. An XFX GTX 470 with the NVIDIA 197.75 drivers was used. For the idle/load testing the CPU was left at the stock 3.33GHz with 133MHz bclk and a 25x multipler. Turbo was disabled and the cpu vcore was set to 1.05v, vtt was set to 1.15v, and vdimm was set to 1.65v. For the overclocking testing vcore was set to 1.25v, vtt was set to 1.20v, and vdimm was left at 1.65v. To eliminate as much stability issues as possible I solely used multiplier overclocking. 

Intel X58 Test Platform

Component

Brand/Model

Live Pricing

Processor

Intel Core i7 980x

Motherboard

Gigabyte X58A-UD7

Memory

G.Skill DDR3-1600C7 3x2GB PI Series

Video Card

XFX GTX 470

Hard Drive

Seagate 7200.10 320GB

Case

Dimastech Bench Table Hard V2

Cooling

Prolimatech Armageddon

Power Supply

Corsair HX1000

Operating System

Windows 7 Professional x64


Test Results

To kick things off I compared the Prolimatech Armageddon to the random samples collecting dust on my shelf. For comparison I have the Spire Thermax Pro and the Thermaltake Contact29. For the testing I first measured the idle load by letting the system sit idle at the Windows desktop for 15 minutes. Then I loaded OCCT and set it on a small data set for 30 minutes and measured the peak temperature achieved during the test. For temperature measuring I used Core Temp and averaged the temperature across all six cores. My Core i7 980x seems to report cooler temps than possible as ambient was between 19 Celsius and 20 Celsius, so figure a few degrees warmer than the reported temperatures for accurate temperatures.

Prolimatech Armageddon Results

It is no surprise that the Prolimatech Armageddon walked all over the other two heatsinks. The interesting thing to note is that the Armageddon also was far quieter than the Contact29 at full load and slightly quieter than the Thermax Pro even with two fans spinning away. Since the above results were so underwhelming I decided to push the heatsink a bit further. Below is the Prolimatech Armageddon run at 3.33GHz and 1.05vcpu and then a run at 4.2GHz with 1.275vcpu.

Prolimatech Armageddon 3.33GHz 980x

Prolimatech Armageddon Core i7 980x @ 4.2GHz

With the ~900MHz jump in CPU frequency and an additional +0.2vdc the heat dump from the processor jumped dramatically. The idle temperatures were averaged to 22.8C due to me swapping boards and the Rampage III Extreme running the fan at a higher speed at idle. Load temps though jumped to 70.8 Celsius, a little over 20 Celsius jump compared to the 3.33GHz run. For the testing though we weren't thermally limited but voltage limited so those of you willing to push more voltage through your CPU could easily see upwards of 4.3GHz to 4.5GHz stable through OCCT while keeping temperatures under 80 Celsius.

Conclusion

Due to not having a direct competitor to the Prolimatech Armageddon it is hard to judge its performance relating to its natural competition. It easily bested the Spire TherMax Pro and made short work of the Thermaltake Contac29. However, I think we can all agree that the Prolimatech Armageddon is a force to be reckoned with. On top of this due to the 140mm fans it could potentially be a quiet high performance option. I know the Xigmatek XLF-F1453 fans that we used on the Armageddon were what I'd deam whisper quiet with Xigmatek rating them for under 16dBA.

Prolimatech Armageddon Heatsink

With aesthetics becoming an ever more important aspect for desktop component selection it is something that needs to be considered and especially so for a heatsink. I am sure there will be people that disagree with me, beauty is subjective, but I find the dark chrome plating on the Armageddon to be very attractive. Like the trend towards darker color schemes that we are seeing in the motherboard industry, heatsinks also look good in black. While the Xigmatek XLF-F1453s that we used aren't bundled fans they helped compliment the heatsink with a flash of bright orange and made for quite the appearance.

Prolimatech Armageddon Mount

Actually mounting the Prolimatech Armageddon was by far one of the most pain-free heatsink mounting experiences I've had in recent memory. Just as an example, the Spire TherMax Pro I used in comparision has a nasty tendency of nipping my fingers when I try to remove it. None of that was even possible with the Armageddon due to the screwdriver centric mounting system and the easy to remove fanclips. All the parts felt like they were meant to go together meaning I didn't have to fight with cheap screws, ill-fitting brackets, or weak wire-based fanclips like many other heatsinks. Just due to its ease of use the Armageddon is a winner.

Last to consider is the cost of the heatsink. Since the Prolimatech Armageddon doesn't come with any fans you will have to purchase at least one fan in order to use it. The Prolimatech Armageddon is currently retailing for around $67 before shipping. With shipping call it $75. Tack on a fan, which you will hopefully order with the heatsink to save on shipping, and you are looking at closer to $90 for the heatsink. To make matters worse the moment you chuck another fan into that shopping cart you are looking at a triple digit heatsink.

Prolimatech Armageddon Mount

So let's take a step back and tally things up. The Armageddon stomped what little competition I was able to stir up for this review. That wasn't really unexpected but it thoroughly stomped the closest heatsink while definitely running quieter thanks to its large 140mm fans. Aesthetically I think the majority of people will agree that the Armageddon is a fantastic piece of work. Actually using the Armageddon is a piece of cake thanks to its quality mounting mechanism. The only downside is the cost, $75 shipped without fans. You do get what you pay for though and the Armageddon is in the right price range for its natural competition such as the Noctua NH-D14 and funny enough the ProlimaTech Megahalems.

Legit Bottom Line: The Prolimatech Armageddon is a thin and quiet CPU cooler with the chops to hang with the best high performance air cooled heatsinks on the market today.