CPU Air Cooler Mega Test
Published: 10th August 2016 | Source: Various | Price: do not click here |
Gelid Tranquillo Rev 3
|CPU||Intel: 775,1150, 1151, 1155, 1156, 1366, 2011/v3. AMD: FM1, FM2/+, AM2/+, AM3/+|
|Heat pipes||4x6mm Copper pipes|
|Materials||Aluminium fins, Copper base|
|Fan Speed||120mm fan @1500rpm|
|Noise Level||Max 26.5dB(A)|
|Air Flow||Not given|
We've got a trio of Gelid coolers to look at, the first of them being the 3rd incarnation of the entry point Tranquillo, Appropriatly named the Tranquillo Rev 3. Gelid, it appears, are also practitioners of the "bag-o-bolts approach to fittings, thankfully, everything you need is in there to fit it a whole host of Intel and AMD kit, you even get a small syringe of TIM and a case badge sticker.
The cooler is a 120mm fan based design, with the fan overhanging below the 40 element fin stack to give some additional cooling to the small heat sink attached directly to the contact plate's upper surface. The four 6mm uncoated copper pipes are placed equidistant form the edge and centre of the fin stack, with a slight staggering front to back.
The top of the Tranquillo is a simple Aluminium plate, with just the faintest of Gelid Branding embossed on the surface. It's all pretty neat and tidy underneath too, with only the faintest hint of solder splatter.
Fitting the Tranquillo was similar to that of the bequiet coolers but thankfully the small bolts are tensioned down with a screw driver as opposed to a crappy little spanner. The other difference between this and the bequiet coolers is that I wasn't left with desire to throw it through a window. Unfortunately for the Tranquillo it failed to perform as well as others in its class and came only 4th from the bottom of the overall charts.