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Gelid Black Edition CPU Cooler Review

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Posted March 7, 2013 by Will in Cooling

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Overview

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

WHAT WE LIKED:

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

WHAT WE DISLIKED:

Installation is tricky with only two hands, forget about installing it while the motherboard is in a case.
 
BOTTOM LINE:
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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Conclusion

 

Gelid did an outstanding job with the Black Edition CPU cooler. The price is a tad on the high side at $74.99 but the performance and noise are worth the cash if both of those features are high on your list of priorities.

While not performing the best under OC, the Black Edition did outperform the rest at stock temps AND was the quietest while doing it.
Installation was on the tricky side with the Black Edition so be sure to have your motherboard out of the case and if possible have an extra pair of (small) hands to help hold everything in place.
Gelid found the perfect combination of silence, performance and cost with the Black Edition. Performance is pretty decent for the price but where it really shines is with the silence with which it achieves said performance. I have no doubts that the Gelid Black Edition would be a top contender for those looking for a silent performer that won’t break the bank. In my eyes only Noctua makes quieter coolers but compared with the Black Edition come with a higher price tag and also a larger physical footprint to boot. We don’t hesitate one bit to give the Gelid Black Edition out great hardware award.
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