Prolimatech Super Mega Reviewairman - July 20, 2010
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The Prolimatech Super Mega is absolutely one huge cooler. Even with no fans, it tips the scales at almost two and a half pounds. The massive weight may be a little nerve wracking for some users, but Prolimatech is employing the same mounting hardware with the Super Mega as packaged with the Megahalems (the older sister to the Super Mega), but with a few improvements. Just as with all of Prolimatech's other coolers, the Megahalems were a huge hit and I expect the same out of the Super Mega. The main aesthetic difference between the Megahalems and the Super Mega is the addition of four sections of copper fins along the length of the cooler.
Since the Prolimatech Super Mega is not packaged with any fans, none will be pictured with the cooler. The cooler itself, without any fans, is rather plain, but the four sections of copper fins accent the cooler very nicely. Since copper has a higher heat capacity than aluminum, the addition of the copper fins here could pull a slight performance increase over the Megahalems. The fins on this cooler are quite thick, definitely attributing to the weight of the Super Mega, but will allow for more heat to be stored in the cooler before backing up into the processor. This means, with a higher heat capacity, the Super Mega should be able to hold up under an overclocked load better than the Megahalems. I will be exploring that once I get it installed and onto the testbed. The side profile shows that the cooler is relatively thin, but it makes up for it with its height and six 6mm heatpipes. However, once two 120mm or 140mm fans are added, it turns into a massive cooler in all directions.
Taking a look at the bottom of the cooler offers a glance as to how the heatpipes are laid out through the Super Mega. The six 6mm heat pipes run through the base and up through each side. Each half is independent, as there is no connection in the middle, and is held together by the heatpipes and the overlapping of the fins. The top of the cooler has the same design pressed into it that appears on the packaging, which is nickel plated and polished to a mirror finish. Taking a look at the quarter view of the Super Mega shows the slits that are cut out of the fins, which allow the fan clips to be secured. It also reveals a subtle imprint of the similar design pressed into the top of the cooler.
The base of the Super Mega is probably the flattest and best-finished of all the coolers I have tested in quite some time - I could not detect any concavity or other imperfections in the finish. I read a few places that the Megahalems were known to have some slight rippling in the base, so this looks like one of the Super Mega's improvements over the Megahalems. One thing that I like to do with copper pieces in products that I test is do the scratch test to see if a component is solid copper or is only plated or painted. I did a scratch test on the copper fins that accent the Super Mega so nicely, and discovered what appears to be aluminum underneath. Discovering this is a little bit disappointing, as it is probably the main feature that really sets apart the Super Mega from the Megahalems.
As I stated on the previous page, users new to Prolimatech will probably have to refer to the user's manual to get it installed properly. With such a heavy cooler, it's important to make sure that it is installed correctly in order to avoid damage to the heatsink, and more importantly, the motherboard and CPU. The first step is to stick the rubber piece onto the backplate and use the four thumbscrews and "rivets" that pop into and secure the backplate through different positions, depending on the socket of the motherboard. The thumbscrews are hand-tightened to snug, and then the two aluminum strip adapters attach to the top of the thumbscrews with the supplied nuts. These are also hand-tightened to snug, which then have the main crossbar screwed in, holding the heatsink in position. There are two "barbs" sticking out of the bottom of this crossbar that fit into the top of the base, which ensures that the heatsink is in the correct position relative to the socket. The screws used to attach the crossbar are spring loaded. The Super Mega offers the users a choice between the silver screws, which use a lighter spring, and the black screws, which use a heavier spring, claimed at 70lbs of compression. I went ahead with the black screws.
Although the cooler weighs in at almost 2.5 pounds, once mounted to the board, the mounting hardware does a great job at causing little or no warp on the board. I had no discomfort in tightening down the screws that are said to apply 70 pounds of pressure to the board after seeing how well it works. I did notice that the backplate does stick out a little bit more than some coolers, so if short standoffs are used in a case with no cutout in the motherboard tray under the CPU socket, there could be clearance issues. This is not confirmed, but is still a possibility. The Super Mega manages to squeeze in a 210mm (8.3in.) wide case with just less than an inch of clearance between the top of the cooler and the side panel. The only thing that would cause an issue in this case is a fan installed on the side panel above the location of the processor. After installing the motherboard back into the case, I will be testing it in stock and overclocked conditions. The next page contains Prolimatech's list of specifications and features for its Super Mega.