Prolimatech Panther ReviewBluePanda -
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To put the Prolimatech Panther to the test, I applied simulated loads using Prime95, at small FFTs under stock (2.8 GHz) and overclocked (3.6 GHz) settings. Both idle and load temperatures were recorded at each state. For maximum temperatures, the maximum values displayed in HW Monitor were recorded, after running three threads in Prime95 for a full hour. Minimum temperatures were recorded after leaving the system to idle for a full hour. The core temperatures were averaged in each of the four scenarios and plotted below. The ambient temperature was held at 25 °C for all testing scenarios. All of the data below is represented in degrees Celsius. It is important to note that we tested the Prolimatech Panther using the included thermal compound, while we tested the stock heat sink and water cooler using Artic Cooling MX-2 paste. All fans were set to full speed for each test as well.
- Processor: AMD Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.6 GHz
- Motherboard: GIGABYTE 990FXA-UD3
- Memory: 8 GB (2x4 GB) DDR3 PC3-17000 9-11-10-28 Redline
- Video Card: XFX HD 6970 2 GB
- PSU: Antec TruePower New TP-750
- Hard Drives: 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 RAID 1
- Optical Drive: N/A
- Case: Corsair Graphite Series 600T
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit SP1
Comparison CPU Coolers:
- AMD Stock Heatsink (from a Phenom II X3 720)
- Modified ECO ALC Water Loop
After all the testing, I was rather impressed with the ability of the Panther to keep up with my water cooling loop. No, my water setup isn’t a full-blown custom water loop, but considering that the Panther is just a simple air cooler, I’m impressed. Actually, it is slightly frustrating to see it beat out my water loop when overclocked – it means I need a new water block! Either that or I may just need to have a little more faith in some of these high-end air coolers. Overall, I give major props to the Prolimatech Panther in its thermal performance.