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...
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.
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
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...
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.
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!!”.