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Gelid Black Edition CPU Cooler Review

Posted March 7, 2013 by Will in Cooling







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Price at time of Review: $74.99 at Performance-PCs


Great performance, quiet, small footprint, 5-year warranty, did I mention quiet?


Installation is tricky with only two hands, forget about installing it while the motherboard is in a case.
The Gelid Black Edition was the best performing cooler we've tested under stock clocks and the quietest as well. If you're looking for a quiet performer that's smaller and less expensive than the top-shelf Noctua units while giving similar performance the Gelid Black Edition is the cooler you've been looking for.
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Our test setup is as follows:

  • Biostar TZ77XE4 Motherboard
  • Intel i7-3770k
  • 8GB Mushkin Blackline DDR-3
  • Enermax Platimax 1200W PSU
  • Kingston 90GB SSD (OS)
  • WD Blue 160GB HDD (storage)
  • ASUS 24X DVD Burner
  • HSPC Top Deck Tech Station
  • Windows 7 64-bit fully updated

Testing methodology:

All tests are run using Arctic Silver Alumina thermal compound for comparison purposes. The CPU and heatsink is cleaned with Arctic Clean and Arctic Silver Alumina is reapplied. Tests are run at stock (3.5GHz [with 3.7GHz Turbo Boost]) and a moderate OC at 4.5GHz (no Turbo Boost). The system is left to idle for 30 minutes and a baseline temperature is recorded using CoreTemp. A Prime 95 blend test is then run for 30 minutes and the temps are recorded again. The recorded temperature is the average of the 4 cores. Since ambient temperatures can affect CPU temperature readings ambient temps are recorded during idle and full load testing. The ambient temperature is then subtracted from the recorded CPU temperatures resulting in a Delta T measurement, (or how many degrees above ambient the CPU cooler keeps the CPU). This levels the field for different ambient temperature tests.

You can see at stock clocks the Gelid Black Edition took the cake out of the coolers we’ve tested so far with a 3ÂșC difference between the previous best Xigmatek Prime. The fans during testing were all but inaudible under idle and even under load were hardly noticeable. Now let’s turn up the heat and see how she handles it.


You can see the Gelid slipped behind the Xigmatek just slightly with a 4.5GHz overclock under load but just slightly ousted the Xigmatek Prime at idle temps. One thing the Gelid persisted on was silence. Even under a moderate OC and full load the Black Editions’ fans were noticeable but far from loud.

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