Let's start off with the obvious first. The Gabriel is well worth every penny of the near $40 pricing they are asking for this GamerStorm cooler. The performance is so much more than we expected, and even with the lower TDPs applied to this cooler from GamerStorm. Our test rig runs at 85W peak on the CPU, but thermally, in results, it heats things up much worse than one would expect. Being able to handle it and leave us with close to fifteen degrees before we throttled the CPU is warm, but very doable for the long term. The thing is that this is more of a bonus to users, since most Mini-ITX builds inside of SFF chassis are usually left to run stock, and those who plan to do any sort of overclocking have so many water cooling options available; there is always that route to take on the massive heat loads. What you have to realize is that this is a tiny investment for this sort of capability in a cooler that stands no taller than 60mm in height.
With PWM or a fan controller taking care of lowering the fan's power, the noise levels are almost inaudible at a foot away from our open air chassis. Inside of a closed off mini tower case, or some form of a cube, this will never be heard. The nice thing is too, when looking at cases with the PSU right over the CPU cooler, not only will the cooler fit, but reversing the fan to blow into the PSU intake only adds 1.5 degrees to the thermal testing results. The hardest thing about the Gabriel is getting the cooler out of the packaging. Mounting and the hardware could not be simpler to use, and even without a back plate, as we tried other boards, there isn't so much pressure that it wants to flex the PCB in any noticeable fashion.
Also, as another added plus, the fan is unusual in coloration, which makes it easy to tell what it is. For some reason I also really dig the individually PTFE coated cabling for the fan too; it's just something extra aesthetically, but it is still a nice touch.
The only shame of this whole situation is the seemingly slow process of getting GamerStorm coolers into the U.S. market at anyplace easy to search out. Again, you may need to look for it under other branding as well. Though, I do wish that GamerStorm coolers were more readily available for our readers to find, as they have come up with some really top tier performance out of what appears at first glance to maybe not have the "special something" that it takes to handle today's processors. The price is so good, the Gabriel is going to be almost impossible to pass up on when thinking of building a new tiny system, and have the need for a cooler you know is going to fit and clear components, while not causing issues with PSUs, or super thin cases with tight confines inside. The Gabriel is more than willing to hop in there and take care of business.
Here is to hoping some bigger e-tailers take notice of the trend that the GamerStorm solutions are offering the market, and make it so that when we see coolers like these, buyers can run right out and easily find them, rather than having to settle for a lesser solution to their needs.
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