Gelid Silent Spirit CPU Cooler
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 11-04-2008
Provided by: Gelid Solutions

The Gelid Silent Spirit utilizes the stock AMD mounting bracket regardless of whether it is socket 754, 939 or AM2. They all share the same clip-type mechanism, which is very easy to snap into place with a small amount of force exerted to seat the metal clip onto the socket surround. I elected to "aim" the Spirit towards the memory banks although I could have opted to angle it towards the chipset heatsink as well. The processor used for testing is a Phenom 9850 quad core. I used Arctic Silver 5 since I had to remove the pre-applied paste to look at the core of the Silent Spirit.

The Spirit's footprint is small, as mentioned previously the base size is kept to a bare minimum and the heatpipes do not intrude much at all into the surrounding area. The fins do overhang the memory slots somewhat in this configuration however depending on how your motherboard is oriented this may or may not hold true for all installations.

The last thing to set is in the motherboard BIOS, the smart fan PWM control. Again, depending on the motherboard you may or may not have this amount of flexibility although most modern chipsets offer this. This allows the fan to be set for more quiet operation or high performance. Although in the case of the Silent Spirit, the effective range varies more between silence and mild to moderate operation.

Let's wrap things up with some testing and conclusion.

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