The Prolimatech Armageddon is a very sleek cooler that showcases a rather slim profile considering it’s one of only a couple of heatsinks on the market that is specifically designed for 140mm fans rather than the typical 120mm varieties. However, since a fan isn’t included here, you do get to choose what suits your needs. This is both a pro and a con, as the inconvenience of having to order a separate fan is offset by the inherent flexibility offered here. While Prolimatech’s decision not to include a stock fan is understandable, it is still somewhat disappointing nonetheless since you still need to purchase one, adding to the overall cost. Since the Armageddon is available at online retailers for about $70 USD, it sits in the upper end of the air cooler market, and is even more expensive when you still have yet to purchase a fan or two for installation.
In terms of performance, the Armageddon handled the hot Core i7 with ease, coming near the top of the heatsink pack, not far off the pace and posting very impressive cooling results. At stock CPU speed, the Armageddon was the best performing cooler we’ve tested, however, when the CPU was highly overclocked the Armageddon fell back. Even with a dual fan setup, it couldn’t quite match the single fan setup of its sibling, the vaunted Prolimatech Megahalems Rev. B. The asterisk here, however, is that affordable 140mm fans with lower RPMs were used to keep the total price “reasonable”. Higher output fans can certainly be used, but the price will jump considerably. So the issue is that despite its excellent overall performance, the Armageddon is not only bigger than the Megahalems and poses more compatibility issues with numerous motherboards, it is also more expensive. Frankly, that is a tough pill to swallow, and puts the Armageddon in for a very tough fight in the premium CPU heatsink market.
The Armageddon is certainly a very sleek, very capable heatsink, and merits consideration for consumers because the performance is very good. But performance is an animal best not examined in isolation; when compared to other top coolers, particularly the vaunted Prolimatech Megahalems, it becomes clear that the Armageddon can’t quite measure up to its predecessor. In the end, the Prolimatech Armageddon has some excellent points going for it, but these are tempered by a couple strong counterpoints.
Our thanks go to Prolimatech for providing the Armageddon for this review.