Gelid GX-7 Review

GELID Solutions Ltd. is a Hong Kong based company with Swiss Management and founded in 2008 by Gebhard SCHERRER and VC TRAN. Both have worked in the PC Cooling industry for a number of years and successfully built up an  IT company with their expertise.  GELID designs and manufactures packaging, thermal solutions, CPU coolers, fans, and other computer hardware for both gamers and silent enthusiasts and for international OEM and ODM customers. Today we will take a look at Gelid GX-7 CPU cooler that supports a variety of CPU sockets and promises good performance with noiseless operation.

 

 

Let’s take a look at the GELID GX-7 specs and features:

Specifications
Air Flow (CFM/CMH):   75.6 / 128.6
Bearing:   Nanoflux Bearing
Cable Length (mm):  500
Current (A):  0.45
DC Voltage (V):  12
Fan Dimensions (mm):   120 (l) x 120 (w) x 25 (h)
Fan Speed (RPM):  600 – 1800
Heat Sink Dimensions (mm):   130(l) x 65 (w) x 159 (h)
LED Color:  Blue
Life time MTTF at 40C (h):   100’000
Noise Level (dBA):  10 – 26.8
Number of LED:  4
Static Pressure (mmAq):   2.66
Warranty (years):   3
Weight (g):  720 (heatsink and fan)

Features

  • 7 Power Heatpipes
  • Unique Heatpipes Arrangement
  • Optimized Heatsink with Multi Air Channels 
  • Wing 12 PL Blue Fan
  • PWM Fan Control
  • 3 Years Warranty

 

Package and Accessories

The Gelid GX-7 comes in a blueish cardbox with a handle at the top. At the front side of the box there is a photo of the actual cooler along with a brief compatibility label. Ath the back side of the box we can find a detailed description of the cooler’s compatibility list, as well as schematics showing the airflow concept and the mounting kits included in the package.

Upon opening the package, we found the cooler well protected in a transparent plastic cover, with the accessories being kept in a small white card box.

Inside the small cardbox, the mounting kit along with the manual is contained. Thus, you will find the  universal motherboard backplate, along with mounting kits for Intel and AMD systems, accompanied by their corresponding nuts and bolts. Furthermore, a Gelid logo sticker along with a piece of Gelid thermal paste compund are included. So, pretty much everything you will possibly need to mount this heatsink to your rig.

The supplied manual is desgned in a way to help you install the cooler painlessly. It is a two-page leaflet with each page concerning Intel and AMD  system occassions accordingly, accompanied with schematics and easy to understand instructions.

 

The Fan

 

The fan supplied in the package is the Gelid Wing 12PL 120mm  PWM fan, which promises 75.6 CFM at a maximum of 26.8 dBA of noise. An impressive blue LED light is embedded to make your system look more impressive. The fan’s impeller is detachable so that it can be washed easily when needed. The fan incorporates Nanoflux bearing, which is a self-lubricated bearing which promises silent operation as it eliminates frictions, with extended longevity.

 

A Closer Look – The Gelid GX-7

The heatsink follows the tower design and its build quality is solid. We can surely say that it is well manufactured as we could not find any design flaws. Its size is considered to be average compared to other high-end coolers. The fins adopt a V-shaped design to improve heat dissipation. At the top of the cooler there is a nice plastic cooler with Gelid’s logo. At the pictures above, you can take an idea of how the cooler looks like when the fan is installed.

Gelid has included an additional pair of metal clampings to install a second fan, which will surely improve performance. You can see how the cooler looks like with the two fans installed.
There are a  total of seven heatpipes running through the cooler’s body, and they are not in direct contact with the CPU. There is a base plate which is completely made of copper without having been nickel coated.

 

Test Setup and Procedures

The machine’s specs on which we tested the cooler are:

Processor: Intel Core i7 920
Motherboard: Asus P6X85D
RAM: 6 GB Mushkin 6-7-6-18
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: Nexus 1000W
Case: Thermaltake Armor VA8003BWS
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit

We ran temperature tests in two system’s states and with our i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz at 1.3v voltage, since overclocking is one of the main reasons users purchase an aftermarket cooler.

So, we ran tests at the following system states:

 

  • Idle, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz
  • Load, i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz


Afterwards, we measured the noise produced (dB) in full load.

We tested Gelid’s cooler against:

 

  • Noctua NH-D14
  • Titan Hati
  • Coolermaster V8


Note that we tested Gelid GX-7 in both single and dual fan configuration.

For getting the CPU to maximum temperatures, we had Prime95 running for one hour.

All the tests were made in a room temperature of 24 degrees celsius.

 

Test Results


 


We were quite surprised to see that Gelid’s cooler did very well in our tests, even when competing with the air cooling giant, the Noctua NH-D14. Obviously, the addition of a second fan surely helps, but you will not lose much in terms of performance even if you run the cooler with the single fan that is supplied.

 

 
 

Generally speaking, the Gelid GX-7 can be considered to be quiet during operation. Even withe the two fans mounted, it managed to keep noise in acceptable levels and maintain a good performance to noise ratio.

 

Verdict

Overall, we were very satisfied with the GX-7’s performance. It achieved great performance combined with acceptable levels of noise generated. It managed to beat other more popular CPU coolers, while not being 
far from proven CPU coolers like Noctua’s NH-D14 in terms of performance.
The LED embedded in the fan will make your system look more attractive at night and it is a nice addition.

In the package you will find everything you will possibly need concerning the installation of the package, 
which is very easy to perform.

Of course, the only drawback we could find is that you will have to buy the second fan separately,
but this is acceptable since the price is kept low.

To sum up, this is surely a cooler to consider if you want to overclock your system, as it offers great
performance and quiet operation, at a budget price.

Pros

(+) Great performance
(+) Acceptable noise levels
(+) Complete bundle
(+) LED fan
(+) Price

Cons

(-) Second fan not included

 

Thus, we can surely give the Gelid GX-7 our Editor’s Choice award.

 

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