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  Forum Index - Reviews - GELID Solutions Silent Spirit CPU cooler
Supplier: GELID Solutions
Price: $23.52Reviewed: Dec 6, 2008

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Gh0sTly
Dayton Metro PC Owner

Joined: Jul 24, 2007
Posts: 1235
Post Subject: GELID Solutions Silent Spirit CPU cooler
Posted on: Dec 6, 2008

Today, we have a very silent, yet efficient heatsink on our hands. The Silent Spirit from GELID Solutions is a wonderfully engineered heatsink and is not too large. It fits the Intel LGA 775 processors with a LGA 1366 clip in the works, as well as the AMD socket 754, 939, 940, and AM2/AM2+(nothing beyond the Phenom 9850BE.)



The first thing I want to touch on is the Silent Spirit's design. It uses 4 heatpipes to bring the heat away from the CPU, as well as a set of extruded fins directly on the copper base CPU block. This is rather unique and works very well, as you will see in the tests. The fins on the heatpipes have a unique design themselves as they are not flat. They are textured with tiny bumps that give the fins more surface area, allowing them to cool better. The second difference with the fins is that under the fan, every 3 fins, there are 2 fins that are taller. As you can see from the pictures, this unit doesn't stand up as most of your larger heatpipe/finned coolers do, this one sits a a very low angle and blows the air downward to not only cool the finned heatpipes, but also the extruded fins on the CPU block as well.






The fan design on this is amazing. Its a open frame fan, mounted on rubber to eliminate any vibration, and a fan speed of 900rpm to 2400rpm. It can produce upto 45.8CFM, and has a noise level of 10 to 25.8dBA. It has a generous amount of cable length at 250mm, and is covered in a black braid cable shield and is wired for PWM power management.



When it comes to testing heatsinks, there is no better program that CoreDamage(available here: Core Damage .) This program effectively maxes out each core, and causes the CPU to heat up to its max temperatures. We let this program run at normal priority, for a max of 5 minutes. We monitor the temperature with SpeedFan(available here: Speed Fan .)

Today, our test rig will be a Intel Core2 Quad Q6600(2.4Ghz), a Asus P5K SE board, and 4gb of DDR2-800Mhz. We tested this CPU with its stock cooler to give a comparison to the Silent Spirit.

Here are the results of the tests with the stock cooler:

Q6600 with stock cooler at idle:



Q6600 with stock cooler at max load:



Now here are the results of the tests with the Silent Spirit:

Q6600 with Silent Spirit at idle:



Q6600 with Silent Spirit at max load:



As you can see, the Silent Spirit cools incredibly well, even better than the Core Contact Freezer on the same test PC. Core-Contact Freezer review

This CPU cooler is still somewhat large in width and hight, at 108mm in length, 100.5mm width, and 125mm in hight.




Overall, if you are building a quiet gaming rig, or a HTPC that has to be silent, there is no better choice for a CPU cooler. I would definitely suggest the Silent Spirit to anyone looking for a quality CPU cooler that works great and looks fantastic. For the cooling power, silent operation, and wonderful pricetag of $23, you cannot beat this cooler.


GELID Solutions

I would like to thank GELID Solutions for letting me review the Silent Spirit CPU cooler, and I look forward to reviewing more of their products soon.



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FreshWater
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doghills
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Posted on: Dec 6, 2008


I think it might make the review look better if you could put a graph on there comparing this heatsink to the others(s) you have reviewed. (The only unfortunate thing is you couldn't compare your review's to faceless's because you have different CPUs.)

If you have Excel/Word then making graphs isn't too hard. If your interested I could make some. (But, then the end of the world might come if I did something useful in my spare time.)


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Gh0sTly
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Posted on: Dec 6, 2008


Hey Doghills, Ima have to take you up on that. If you can, make it so all I have to do is enter the values and then hit a button and it gives me the graph. I have a copy of Office 03 around here, but I do most of my work in OpenOffice.


FreshWater
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doghills
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Here's a PNG of the chart


And here's a a link to download the Excel file.

When you add more Coolers to the chart you are going to have to extend where it gets Data from. (Click on the chart itself and a little blue box should apear around cells c2-however many cooler you have, at the moment c3. Just drag that down to allow for more coolers to be added in.)

If you want anything more for the chart I would be glad to help.

Edit I just realized I still need to make some changes like sorting the Data by lowest load temp to highest. I'll upload that somewhere sometime...

Also I didn't make the PNG a very good size... Oh well.


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Gh0sTly
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thats great. I will have to use that next time. Let me know when you get the new one uploaded, and I will see what I can do about uploading it to the Fusionmods FTP so everyone can be using the same layout and design. Its good to keep things uniform.

Thanks!


FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
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abusiv3


Joined: Dec 22, 2007
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Posted on: Dec 7, 2008


hey ghostly i can send you a free legal copy of microsoft office with front page. its pretty new. ill just write the cd key on the disc =]


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Gh0sTly
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Posted on: Dec 7, 2008


heh. That would be great!!!


FreshWater
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faceless105
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Posted on: Dec 8, 2008


front page... gross
lol


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Gh0sTly
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Posted on: Dec 8, 2008


lol Faceless, its not like I could use Frontpage. XD I dont know HTML!

Also, I was "raised" by friends that the only way to write HTML is in Notepad.


FreshWater
Core2 Quad Extreme QX96500-ES @ 3Ghz, 4gb Patriot DDR2-1066Mhz RAM, 4gb Intel Turbo Memory, 3x 500GB WD Blue drives, Samsung DVD-RW, GTX 560ti-1gb Gfx card.
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faceless105
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haha i like your friends.


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abusiv3


Joined: Dec 22, 2007
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Posted on: Dec 14, 2008


hey ahem.
the disc has frontpage on it. i didnt put it there lol. i was just being nice. lil extra coal this season for faceless.


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