Prolimatech Armageddon 6-Heatpipe CPU Cooler ReviewFri, May 21, 2010 - 12:00 AM
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.
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.
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.
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.