The Prolimatech Samuel 17 CPU Cooler
Just like in the story of David versus Goliath, when I pulled the cooler out of the packaging my first thought was "aww look, it's so cute" and I chuckled to myself, just as Goliath did to David. From this side you can see the large aluminum pre-cooler that holds the six, 6mm heatpipes. These Nickel coated, copper pipes then make a sharp return into the thirty-nine, thick aluminum fins.
Looking at the end of the pipes in the thick bracket shows they are placed evenly on termination. While they use only thirty-seven regular fins, both of the fan brackets are mounted to the pipes and will draw heat away as well.
The opposing side looks the same as the other, only the pipes and shorter fins are reversed. That notch at the left, in some installs, will allow for RAM to sit underneath if need be. You can see the offset is heavier to the left and the notch is an excellent addition to such a compact cooler to fit even easier for any situation.
The other mounting bracket is the first thing the heat pipes will radiate to and these being about twice as thick as the fins, they should actually help out in cooling. The pipes get their initial stress from their soldered position between the base plate and the pre-cooler sections.
The mounts on either side of the fins are made for mounting a 120mm fan and this should give you a much better perspective of just how small the cooler actually is. With the fans mounted position you can see that just over the memory notch in the fins, the fan will blow down over the top of them. If the cooler needs oriented a little different in your build, the chipset or phase area can benefit from this extra air flow.
The actual base material is copper and is milled level, but has a curved texture of lines in the base. Again, just like when I looked at the Megahalems, there is a warning on their site about definitely not condoning lapping the base. The four holes at the top and bottom are used for pins in the legs for the mounting hardware, the others for the screws to secure them.
Here is my silent contender for testing, a Lian Li, 60 CFM fan. For the high speed testing I used a Yate Loon, high speed fan capable of around 88 CFM, but it is much louder under 12 volt power.
With four of the provided screws, I mounted the 25mm thick fan atop the Samuel 17. This 120mm fan has no issues covering this cooler from side to side, either way you approach it.
While the fan more than covers the fins from this angle, there is a rather large area of dead space behind the fan hub. On a tower cooler it is less of an issue, but here the area affects around 20% of the surface area. At the top, the overhang of the fan allows for extra air flow to the surrounding components.