Gelid Solutions Tranquillo Reviewccokeman -
Category: CPU Cooling
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The heat sink is an important part of what we as enthusiasts/overclockers do with our computers. On one end of the spectrum you have the group wants to run the processor at stock speeds and gain the benefits of a larger more capable cooling solution, with the ultimate goal of dropping the CPU temperature lower than what the stock Intel or AMD solutions are capable of, all for a modest price. On the other end of the spectrum are the group that go straight for liquid nitrogen and phase change solutions, where costs can be measured almost in cubic dollars. Somewhere in the middle you have high-end air cooling and liquid cooled solutions, where pricing is not always indicative of cooling capacity. But then again, the same can be said of a budget cooling solution. The Gelid Tranquillo is a tower-style heat sink that follows the current design trend. With a name like 'Tranquillo' one would assume this heat sink fan combo from Gelid will be a low noise cooling solution. The only way to find out is to put it through its paces. Let's take a look and see if the Tranquillo lives up to the name while still providing enhanced cooling of the CPU.
The packaging of the Tranquillo is a multi-tone box with information all the way around to engage the consumer with each view. The front panel has a profile shot of the Tranquillo with the fan mounted. Additional information includes the socket compatibility that includes Intel sockets 775,1156 and 1366 and AMD sockets from 754 to AM3. The left side panel lists the features including the use of four heat pipes, an optimized fan and 5 year warranty. Under the features is a graph showing the "Intelligent PWM Curve" for the Gelid fan. The right panel lists the features in text form with a specifications table underneath. The back panel lists the socket compatibility in detail. Underneath the compatibility chart is a mechanical drawing of the Tranquillo that shows the design concept for the airflow through the heat sink.
Opening up the package, it looks like the hardware package is right on top of the plastic clam shell holding the Tranquillo. Pulling it all out of the box shows the packaging method is a rigid plastic clamshell that prevents damage in all but the most extreme cases.
The accessory bundle contains all of the parts necessary to connect the Tranquillo to all of the compatible sockets from Intel 775 to 1366 and AMD socket 754 up to the current AM3. The hardware comes packed all in one bag and separating it, you end up with three piles: AMD, Intel and the common parts. With the common parts, you get a tube of Gelid's GC2 paste, fan brackets and an install manual. The Intel parts include back plates and brackets for each socket, one of which is capable of being used with two sockets.