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Prolimatech Samuel 17

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Posted July 7, 2010 by Jake in Cooling

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by Jake
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As we’ve seen with the Samuel 17, it continues Prolimatech’s tradition of premium coolers that showcase conservative aesthetics and solid cooling performance in a silent setup. While the Samuel 17 doesn’t perform quite as well as the tower-style coolers, it must be noted that this heatsink also has a considerably slimmer profile, sacrificing a bit of cooling prowess for a more compact form that would be beneficial to people who have perhaps an ITX or HTPC setup, and particularly those looking for a silent build.

There are a couple of drawbacks here though. The first is that a fan isn’t included, and while that gives better choice of how to customize your setup, the downside is that there is the inconvenience and added expense of purchasing a fan separately. And that then relates to the second issue, which is price. The Samuel 17 is available for about $40-$45 USD, which places it as a rather expensive heatsink to begin with, but more so when you consider it doesn’t come with a fan.

The design and quality of construction here is impeccable, as we’ve come to expect from Prolimatech, but the cost is a stumbling block when considering the Samuel 17 doesn’t offer top cooling performance. That is likely not a top priority here, however, as the slim profile and a potentially silent setup is the greater payoff, but that comes with a price premium as a result.

If you’re in the market for low profile cooler that potentially offers silence for your new hotrod smallform build, then the Prolimatech Samuel 17 is a very worthy option, provided you don’t mind paying a premium for that niche need.

Prolimatech Samuel 17

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