There are a lot of important components within your desktop computer that's seemingly absent from conversation. When the topic of hardware comes up the obvious is the processor, memory, graphic card and hard drive. What about the fan coolers? The CPU cooler to be specific. The CPU cooler is the most important component in your computer, without it your entire system will fail, because the processor can get very hot, it needs to be kept cool.
There two types of CPU coolers,there is the water base cooler and low profile cooler. The low profile coolers are the most common because they're inexpensive and easy to install. There's a mass abundance of name brand low profile coolers that's reasonable in price, some of which I've used in my past builds. There is the Hyper 212 Evo which is around $30, and you have the slightly smaller Hyper T4 at $25 to name a few. Both CPU coolers is effective in dissipating heat even during overclocking operations. But the one drawback with both coolers is there extremely large heat sinks, 159 mm for the 212 Evo and 152.3mm for the Hyper T4. You'll need a computer case that has an spacious interior so you can better manage your cables and accommodate that gigantic graphic card.
So is there a low profile cooler on the market that is medium in stature yet is effective in cooling the CPU even under heavy workloads? Yes there is, and it is manufactured by DeepCool and its name is Gabriel, its part of the Gamer Storm series of products. The design of this low profile cooler is rated up to 95 W, that's enough to keep processors cool under the most intense workloads. The CPU low profile cooler is just 60mm tall with a very powerful 120mm fan that's installed. Gabriel should fit nicely even in the most compact low profile enclosures.
Impressive is the overall design of the Gabriel low profile cooler,nice chrome heatsink pipes,well structured,well design heatsink, the fan though,yes that fan has a nice grey color scheme.
The spec sheet goes as follows;
- Intel Socket 95W: LGA1156/LGA1155/LGA1151/LGA1150
- AMD Socket 100W: FM2/FM1/AM3+/AM3/AM2+/AM2/940/939/754
- Overall Dimension (Without Fan): 120 x 118 x 40mm
- Overall Dimension (With Fan): 126.5 x 123.5 x 60mm
- Net Weight: 426 g
- Heatpipe: 4x 6 mm Heatpipe
- Fin Material: Aluminum
- Base Material: Copper
- Fan Dimension: 120 x 120 x 20 mm
- Fan Speed: 900 ±150 – 1800 ±10% RPM
- Rated Current: 0.21 ± 10% A (MAX)
- Power Input: 2.52 W
- Max. Air Flow: 61.93 CFM
- Noise: 18.2～32.4 dB(A)
- Rated Voltage: 12 VDC
- Operating Voltage: 10.8～13.2 VDC
- Starting Voltage: 7 VDC
- Bearing Type: Hydro Bearing
Here's the thing,you can purchase the DEEPCOOL Gamer Storm Gabriel CPU Cooler for just $34.99. Considering my long winded post on this CPU cooler I would say this is a definite BUY if you're looking for a low profile cooler reasonable in price,prefect build and effective in cooling your processor under heavy intense workloads.