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GELID Silent Sprite CPU cooler unveiled

Posted on Wednesday, October 08 2008 @ 21:23:18 CEST by

GELID, a new Hong Kong based cooling firm found by ex-Arctic Cooling employees, debuts its first CPU cooler. The GELID Silent Spirit features four sintered copper heatpipes and a small nickel-plated aluminum heatsink which connects with the heatpipes and copper base by soldering to optimize the heat transfer and prevent heat accumulation problems at low fan speeds.

The cooler's heatsink has an angle to improve heat transfer and to help cool the components around the CPU and according to GELID, it also features an unique fin architecture to maximize the cooling performance.

The Silent Spirit features a 92mm PWM fan which connects to the heatsink via four rubber fan mounts that absorb vibrations, the Hydro Dynamic Bearing fan delivers a max airflow of 45.8CFM and has a noise level between 10dBA and 25.8dBA.

Here's a snip from GELID's website about the research they did to minimize the noise level of this heatsink:
By precise calculations and proven by prototype tests during the development stage, GELID's product developers concluded that

1. the optimal distance between the upper holding rib and the fan blade is around 5 to 5.5 mm to achieve minimum turbulent flow caused by the upper support rib at minimum height.

2. the optimal distance between the side support rib and the outer diameter of fan blade is around 9 mm to achieve lowest turbulent flow caused by the side support rib.

3. the location of two cable guards must be especially designed to protect the fan impeller wedge by cables and provide max space for incoming air with minimum resistance from the fan holder structure.

4. thanks to the GELID intelligent PWM control technology it is possible to keep silent operation at low CPU temperature and to accelerate the fan speed when the CPU temperature becomes higher.
GELID's Silent Spirit measures 108mm x 100.5mm x 125mm (L x W x H) and weighs 370g.

The cooler is compatible with all Intel Socket 775 and AMD Socket 754/ 939/ 940/ AM2/AM2+ processors and with a MSRP of 23EUR ($35) it won't break the bank. The cooler has a five year warranty and ships with pre-applied GC-1 high-performance thermal compound.



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