After the successful GX-7 which we reviewed a while ago, Gelid have released their Black Edition cooler which promises top cooling performance and low noise levels.
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.
Let’s take a look at the Black Edition cooler specs taken directly from Gelid’s official website:
Package and Accessories
The Gelid Black Edition comes in a light blue cardbox. The front side has a picture of the cooler, while around the box we can find specifications and its main features. Upon opening the top cover, we can find a small box that contains all the accessories and the cooler safely secured in foam material.
Apart from the main cooler unit, in the box we can find:
- Mounting kits for a wide range of sockets (Socket LGA 775 / LGA 1155 / LGA 1156 / LGA 1366 / LGA 2011 / AMD Socket AM2 / AM3 / FM1 / FM2)
- Mounting components
- GC-Extreme Thermal compound, which is very nice to include, as it is one of the best thermal pastes in the market
- User manual
A Closer Look –
The Black Edition follows a dual-tower design and from a first point of view it has a solid build quality. Despite following this design pattern, it is not huge in size like other tower coolers. The fans used are two PWM fans finished in black colour and the outer fan is the Gelid Slim 12 UV case fan that can be bought separately. The inner fan is the Silent 12 PWM. The cooler is designed in a way that it can even support a third fan! Gelid professionally included the brackets for the third fan in the bundle as well, even if this was optional.
Now let’s talk a little bit about the heatpipes, where Gelid has followed an innovating pattern. There are three 8mm and four 6mm heatpipes, that results in a total of seven heatpipes. The sixth and seventh heatpipes are soldered on top of the other five, and according to Gelid this greatly helps in heat dissipation. The heatpipes are not in direct contact with the processor, instead a copper base is used that it is flawlessly manufactured.
Test Setup and Procedures
The Black Edition is very easy to install especially if you follow the detailed manual instructions for each socket. The cooler is mounted using the supplied motherboard backplate and afterwards using the included mounting kits. As mentioned, despite the cooler’s features, its size is kept down to very reasonable levels and it is likely that you will not encounter any fitting problems.
We tested the Black Edition on our i7 920 overclocked to 4GHz, measuring temperatures in idle/load system settings, and then measuring noise levels at max fan RPM. Our test system was:
Processor: Intel Core i7 920 @ 4GHz
Motherboard: Asus P6T SE
RAM: 6 GB Mushkin 6-7-6-18
VGA: Gigabyte GTX480 1536MB
HDD: Velocity Raptor 150GB
PSU: High Power Astro APT-700
Case: Antec one
Operating System: Windows 7 64-bit
We tested the Black Edition against various coolers including the mighty Noctua NH-D14.
Test Results and Verdict
As you can see from the test results, the Black Edition is a definite improvement over the Gelid GX-7. This was logical of course, as two fans are used instead of one and the heatpipe design pattern proves it was a worthwhile patent to do. It managed to deliver high cooling performance, close enough to the powerful and more expensive Noctua NH-D14.
With the addition of a third fan, we can safely assume that we will see some drops in degrees, but maybe some extra noise generated.
As far as noise is concerned, the Black Edition managed to stay quiet and this is due to the PWM controlled fans. Especially the inner Silent 12 fan is designed for minimum noise generation.
Overall, we have to do with an awesome cooler that combines everything. Priced at 59.00€ across Europe, it is surely among the best coolers we have tested and it will easily cope with your overclocked processor while keeping noise down. The fact that it can actually hold a third fan is a big plus concerning future upgrades or further overclocking. In a nutshell, it is a highly recommended cooler in reasonable pricing!
(+) High performance
(+) Logical size
(+) Ability to install a third fan
Thus, we would like to give the Gelid Black Edition our Editor’s Choice Award!