Prolimatech Megahalems Review
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The CPU cooler has come a long way in the last few years and size often seems to be everything. Can the Prolimatech Megahalems (read big cooler) top some of the smaller coolers used in our rigs. This is revision B of the cooler as revision A is no longer in production. According to Prolimatech the updates to revision B are as follows:
“Now it comes with extra set of fan clips for even better cooling results. It also includes the new all-in-one backplate for an easy, convenient installation on Intel Socket 775, 1156, and 1366. Also added to the upgrade package is the new material for the top fin on this “Mega” heatsink. This particular fin is made of all stainless steel. Its main features incorporate a greater resistance to accidental scratches and oxidation.”
The Megahalems supports the following sockets (775, 1155, 1156 & 1366) and at the time of writing is retailing for around £48. The cooler is supplied without any fans so you will need to budget for 1 or 2 120mm fans depending on your preference.
Well this cooler has performed well but it has not performed any better than the £30 Corsair A50 (my default cooler) and to be honest I find this a little strange.
On the plus side the Prolimatech Megahalems performs well, is great looking and is beautifully built, even down to it’s 25+ components. If you fancy playing with a few different fan setups (try 2) maybe this is the cooler for you.
Read James’s full review…
Although a very nice cooler the Prolimatech Megahalems, doesn’t seem to perform any better than my current Akasa Venom. The approach to fitting and the configuration of the mounting plate, leave little chance of not mounting the cooler properly and the change of fan from the Akasa Apache to the Akasa Venom supplied unit had no noticeable effect on performance.
Having said all that, you cannot get away from the fact that this cooler is very well made, beautiful to behold (and assemble) and does actually cool very well (just not better than it’s competitors).
Read Terry’s full review…
The Prolimatech cooler does a good job cooling the 2600k to within 4 or 5C of the much larger Noctua, and even coped well with the extra heat generated by two hot Nvidia GTX 580′s running at full capacity; it just cannot match the superior cooling capability of the larger Noctua.
From my point of view Megahalems should have at least provided one fan (so it is usable out of the box) and if that is not good enough for every setup then they should at least suggest some fan options.
Read Greg’s full review…
Well that’s a pretty unanimous verdict then! We all agree that while the Prolimatech Megahalems is a good cooler its not managed to better any of the three different coolers used in our rigs.
We were all a little disappointed in its cooling capability, while cooling was good, we were expecting more from a cooler costing around £50. We were also somewhat perplexed as to why no fan is included as (a) the manufacturer of the heat-sink MUST be well placed to select a suitable fan and (b) it pushes the cost of the cooler up by another £10-£15, thus making the cooler £60+.
So overall a good, high quality cooler, but the price really does need to come down somewhat…