Prolimatech Super Mega HSF
Prolimatech is a relatively new company; founded in 2008 they first grabbed the attention of enthusiasts with its Megahelems CPU cooler. They have since released other CPU coolers, and even released a revision B of the Megahelems cooler. Now they have released a new cooler that is based off the popular Megahelems cooler. The new cooler is called Super Mega and can be found online for $84.99 plus shipping.
The Super Mega is a twin tower cooler that features copper and aluminum hybrid cooling fins and 6 ‘U’ shaped heatpipes in an inline configuration. Prolimatech says the Super Mega is designed such that the fins have minimal air resistance and it will work with fans that operate between 800-1200 RPM, but for best performance they suggest a 1600 RPM fan. The Super Mega also can support both 120 and 140mm fans due to the universal spring clips and the way they attach to the cooler.
Out of the box the Super Mega only supports Intel LGA sockets. Don’t fret, AMD crowd; it will work for you as well, you just have to spend little more and get the AMD mounting kit. The Super Mega also has an adjustable pressure setting as well. By changing out two screws the pressure applied to the socket is increased to 70lbs. The Thermalright Venomous X has this feature as well, and it did improve the performance on our old test system. There is a bit of caution that is need before using the higher pressure mount on the socket, and as we will see, Prolimatech points this out several times. The issue is that it may damage the socket from the increased pressure. So before using the 70lb pressure mount you will have to decide if the gain is worth the chance of killing your hardware.
The Super Mega isn’t exactly light, either; it weighs in at an impressive 945.2g or a hair over 2 lbs without fans. This is by no means rare anymore as most performance CPU coolers are over 900g. Prolimatech handles it well, though. The mounting system for the Super Mega is pure overkill as you will see shortly. Now, let's review the features and specifications for the Super Mega.
Prolimatech Super Mega Features
- Copper and Aluminum Hybrid for best heat collection and dissipation ratio.
- Copper fins are strategically positioned for better heat dissipation.
- Top fin made of scratch-resistant stainless steel to preserve shine.
- Minimal air resistance between fins allowing best balance between noise and performance for fans in the range of 800-1200RPM. For all out performance, fan RPM at 1600 or above is recommended.
- Vertically adjustable 120/140 mm universal fan clips redesigned for better installation compatibility.
- The Black screws are included to provide extra pressure for better contact with CPU and heatsink.
Prolimatech Super Mega Specifications
- Heatsink Dimension: (L)130mm X (W)74mmX (H)158.7mm
- Heatsink Weight: 945.3 g
- Heatpipe: Ø 6mm X 6pcs
- Suggest Fan: 120mm X 25mm ,140mm X 25mm
- Suggest Fan Speed: 1000~1200rpm
- CPU Platform: Intel Socket LGA 775/1156/1366
- Warranty: 2 Years
Line drawing from Prolimatech website.
Unboxing the Prolimatech Super Mega
The Super Mega comes in a nice looking box.
The top has a small window so you can see the top of the Super Mega.
One side has the specifications and the instructions on how to open the box.
On the other side we more information about the cooler and the first warning about the high pressure mounting system.
The Super Mega is wrapped in plastic and cradled in foam.
There is even a foam spacer to prevent the two columns of fins from hitting one another.
The Super Mega comes with everything needed to mount it to your Intel LGA socket CPU. AMD users, you have to pick up an additional mount.
Looking over the Super Mega
The Super Mega is a twin tower cooler that has two separate coloums of fins connected to 6 ‘U’ shaped heat pipes. The fins are a mostly aluminum, with a couple of sections being copper, and the top layer is stainless for the bling factor. Coming in at 158.7mm tall and 945.3g the Super Mega is aptly named.
The Super Mega has a nice fin spacing and the heatpipes are all in line with each other. Prolimatech says the Super Mega can be used with fans operating in the 800-1200 RPM range, but for best performance a 1600 RPM fan is suggested.
Each of the fins is made up of two pieces that interlock and clamp around the heat pipe.
The very top fin is made of stainless steel and has been polished to give the Super Mega a little bling.
Moving down to the base of the cooler there are two holes in the top of the base. These are for the mounting system cross bar to lock into; we will see more on that in the next section.
Flipping the Super Mega over and looking at the bottom of the base we can see the finish. It’s not a mirror, but it is smooth.
It also looks to have a small hint of a bow to it as well.
Installing the Super Mega
Prolimatech provides all that is needed to mount the Super Mega to your Intel LGA socket. Sorry, AMD guys, you will have to pick up an additional mounting kit.
All little parts come double bagged and somewhat broken up into installation steps. I like this because it lessens the chance of losing a part if you only have what's needed for that step out.
Prolimatech also put another warning on the mounting screws that provide the extra pressure on the socket. Between the box, instructions and the baggie, this is the third warning.
The first step is to put the mounting nuts into the backing plate. Once you have one installed into the appropriate notch for your socket you have put on an O-ring.
The O-ring slides over a small lip and holds the retention nut in place rather well.
Next to be installed is a spacer. The spacer has a threaded stud on each end and a plastic insulator on one end to protect the motherboard.
Install the backing plate, the spacers, cross straps and retaining nuts. Now for the cooler and its retaining cross bar.
The Super Mega is held by a cross bar with spring screws that attach to the mounting system on the board. In the cross bar are small pockets that the spring screws sit in.
And here we have the Super Mega installed on out Intel DX58SO mother board.
The Super Mega only has 40mm clearance for RAM; this is almost a norm for coolers now. The problem is for users that run tall heatspreaders on their RAM. The tall heat spreaders can routinely be well over 50mm in height. So, if you are running heat spreaders on your RAM you might want to break out the ruler and do some measuring to see where the RAM slot falls in relation to the cooler.
The Super Mega can support single or dual 120/140mm fans. Here I installed a 140mm fan to show how it fits. Due to the chipset heatsink the fan sticks way above the already tall cooler. Getting this in a case would be slim to none.
So today I will be testing with a single 120mm fan. At the moment all I have handy is the fan that comes with the Corsair A70. It is rated for 61CFM at 2,000 RPM.
The LR Intel Core i7-930 Test System
We have updated the test system. The old configuration was starting to show its age (mainly the GPU, Case and Power Supply that were all over or pushing 3 years old). So we here at LR decided it was time for an upgrade. We did upgrades similar to what most middle of the road users would do. We upgraded the case, power supply, GPU, and the CPU. We are keeping the same RAM, motherboard, and drives. We upgraded the OS to Windows 7 Professional 64Bit and moved up to current versions of Prime95 and CoreTemp. We also changed the thermal paste that we used for testing, as well. You can see the specs of the old system here.
In the past we have used Arctic Silver Lumiere due to it having a zero cure time, in lieu of something like Arctic Silver 5 that requires 200 hours of cure and multiple power cycles. Now we have switched to Gelid GC Extreme thermal paste. The GC Extreme is also a zero cure TIM, but also one of the top performing pastes at the moment and one that anyone can get. I will continue to use ArctiClean two part cleaning solution for cooler and CPU prep.
Here are the parts that make up the Legit Reviews Core i7-930 test system:
|Intel Test Platform|
|Processor||Intel Core i7 930||Click Here|
|Motherboard||Intel DX58SO||Click Here|
|Memory||Kingston DDR3 3GB 1333MHz ValueRAM||Click Here|
|Video Card||EVGA GTS450||Click Here|
|Hard Drive||Western Digital 250gb SATA||Click Here|
|Power Supply||NZXT HALE90 750W||Click Here|
|Chassis||Cooler Master HAF 912||Click Here|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Professional (64bit)||Click Here|
To test the coolers the system will be left idle at the desktop for 30 minutes and the temp recorded. Then it will run at full load with Prime95 Blended test for 30 minutes and the temperature will be recorded. There will be 3 levels tested with our Core i7-930 clocked at a stock 2.8 GHz, mild OC of 3.5 GHz, and high OC of 4.0 GHz. All temps will be recorded with CoreTemp, and the temp reading from all 4 cores will be averaged. The thermal paste used on all coolers will be Gelid GC Extreme.
- Intel retail box Cooler
- Prolimatech Super Mega
Temperature Testing Results
Since Prolimatech says that you need to run a fan with the Super Mega, but does not provide one, I used a 120mm fan I had available. It's the fan from the Corsair A70. It is rated to push 61.2 CFM at 2000 RPM and run at 31.5 dBA.
With the system running at a stock clock of 2.8GHz and voltage set to auto the stock Intel cooler was doing all it could to stay under 80*C. With the Super Mega the temps were much better, coming in at a very nice 54.25*C with the stock springs and 53.75*C with the 70lb springs. There was only a 1/2 degree between the stock springs and the 70lb springs; I was hoping to see a little more of an improvement.
Since the Intel retail cooler was doing all it could to handle the stock 2.8GHz I didn't even attempt to use it at 3.5GHz -- I knew it wouldn't be pretty. The Super Mega handled it very well, running at just slightly over 60*C at 60.25*C with the stock springs and 59.75*C with the 70lb springs. Not much of a gain using the 70lbs springs -- still only a 1/2 degree gain.
With the system cranked up to 4GHz running 1.35v on the CPU the Super Mega cooled our Intel i7-930 to a very nice 69.5*C with the 70lb springs. That is a full 10 degrees cooler than the stock cooler at stock CPU settings. With the stock springs the Super Mega was still performing very nicely, cooling the CPU to 70.25*C. The temp difference again between the springs was less than a degree with the system at full load.
Final Thoughts and Conclusions
Prior to this review I had never used a Prolimatech cooler. I have had heard many things, all good, about the Megahalems coolers, so I went into this review with some pretty high expectations. I was not disappointed in any way. Everything about the Super Mega is top notch. It is a solidly built cooler that performs very well. All the parts and accessories are very nice and I think the mounting system is the biggest and beefiest I have seen to date.
Some may say that for a cooler carrying a price tag over $70 it should come with a fan. Well, the Super Mega is designed to run with either a 120mm or 140mm fan. So it leaves the choice of fan up to the end user. Unlike some other companies that don't provide fans with their coolers, Prolimatech at least gives performance speed recommendations on what fans they suggest.
If I have to pick a downside to the Super Mega it is its weight. The Super Mega comes in at a 945.3g (hair over 2lbs) and that is without fans. Throw in a pair of 120mm fans, or even a pair of 140mm fans, and the weight can really get up there. So if you're worried about a heavy cooler messing up your motherboard or the socket, then the Super Mega is not for you. The upside is the mounting system for the Super Mega is downright overkill, but it does the job very well and doesn't bow the board or allow the cooler to move around.
At this time I was only able to locate the Super Mega at two online shops: Newegg for $84.99 plus shipping, and at Frozen CPU for $78.99 plus shipping. This puts the Super Mega in the high end air category and in competition with coolers like the Noctua NH-D14 and the Thermalright Venomous-X. The Super Mega could also give some lower end water kits a run for their money. It should also be noted that the Prolimatech Super Mega comes backed by a two year warranty should an issue in build material happens to pop up.
Legit Bottom Line: The Prolimatech Super Mega is a solid performing CPU cooler that looks good and performs great.