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Conclusion: Now that there are so many CPU coolers on the market for Intel's Socket LGA 775 platform, it's almost impossible to move for the things, and that vast wealth of choices for the potential buyer means that it's hard for any manufacturer (not least a relatively new kid on the block) to stand out from the crowd of largely similar offerings.
Summary: GELID Solutions' first attempt at building a CPU cooler has been a good attempt, and the Silent Spirit is a worthy contender for your consideration when buying a new aftermarket CPU cooler. While the Silent Spirit didn't blow away the competition, it did keep up with all the other coolers in its class, and when you consider its low $35 dollar MSRP, I would say that Gelid has done a very good job.
Pros: Average Performance, Easy Installation, Competative MSRP
Excerpt: This is the first time I have had the pleasure of getting my hands on a GELID cooler. Most likely this is due to GELID being a fledgling company established in 2008, based in Hong Kong with Swiss management. As you know from their knives, the Swiss leave nothing to chance. And this goes for GELID's products as well.
Summary: Gelid Solutions have done a fantastic job with the Silent Spirit. One of the best things about it is how small and light it is, without compromising much on performance or noise. The fan is silent when set at a low setting and only slightly louder once the PWM sensor kicks the fan into high. Having PWM is generally a positive, yet it is based on preference; some prefer to manually control their fan.
Pros: Small and lightweight!, Cheap, Silent and quiet with fan at 100%, Excellent performance/size ratio, Easy installation, Supports both Intel and AMD, Future support for Intel's LGA 1366, Fan is easily interchangeable, Pre-applied high performance GC-1 thermal grease, Cools surrounding components
Cons: Not many accessories (no LED fan/fan controller/tube of thermal grease), Performance isn't the best, Pre-applied thermal grease
Summary: The Gelid Silent Spirit was tested first with the CPU in a stock configuration and the smart fan control set to "Quiet" operation. In this configuration it was able to keep the 9850 Phenom at a cool 35° C at idle with a load threshold of 54° C at 100% utilization on all four cores. With the processor overclocked 500Mhz and voltage increased by a tenth of a volt the idle temperature was affected very little, suffering an increase of only 3° C.
Conclusion: For their first attempt at CPU Cooling Gelid Solutions has done an admirable job with the Silent Spirit. It offers silence an good cooling performance in a small package. Sure it’s not the best performer out there today, but it can compete with the best of them, considering the fan is virtually silent it does an excellent job at keeping the CPU cool. Other coolers need a fast, loud fan to achieve the same level of performance that the Silent Spirit does.
Conclusion: In the beginning we have to admit to a certain amount of trepidation with regards to this cooler. We were not expecting much from it (or any lightweight cooler to be totatly honest) and our first impressions did little to quell that that nagging voice screaming “CLONE!!”. Luckily, this little cooler turned things around pretty darn quick and won our hearts and minds as soon as we started taking a closer look at it.
Excerpt: Chladič od společnosti Gelid s označením Silent Spirit si rozhodně neklade za cíl konkurovat top produktům, spíše představuje cenově velmi přijatelnou alternativu ke standardním boxovaným chladičům, které dodávají výrobci procesorů.