Prolimatech is a fairly new company located in Taiwan, created by a small group of engineers experienced in PC thermal solutions. Founded in 2008, they have made a name for themselves in such a short period of time.
The Mega Shadow comes in a unique cigar-banded box, intended to give a “limited edition” look. The box itself is mostly white, with the design that is stamped into the fins of the cooler stamped into the box itself in reflective mylar. The lid of the box slides over the rest of the box and is held in place by a wide black “cigar band”. There is a window on top of the box displaying the top of the cooler.
Inside, the cooler is well protected by slabs of foam and the cooler's hardware box. With the particular style of the radiator, there is the possibility of bending or distortion, so Prolimatech packs another foam pad between the two halves of the radiator. This flexibility disappears when a fan is mounted on the cooler.
The cooler itself has a very unique look. The radiator is split in the center, making two separate radiators. All is covered with a black nickel finish, which has the familiar gunmetal color. Definitely a different look for someone bored with the typical silver tower cooler.
Though the radiator is split, the cooler is still pretty heavy, weighing in at 1 ¾ pounds. It's actually lighter than most coolers I've had in the past year though.
The top of the cooler is stamped with the Megahalems design which makes me think of the transformers, or maybe some older NZXT cases. The split radiator is very obvious from the top, the look definitely could be a conversation piece at a LAN party.
The most conspicuous feature of the Mega Shadow is the six heatpipes, even more than the split radiator. I had previously thought that five heatpipes was about as many as you could cram into a cooler base, but I was wrong. They give a really massive look to the top of the cooler, and give a particular look to the base that I can't really define - a look of heavy machinery maybe, or something from the military.
Prolimatech has done an excellent job with the base, it is very slick and shiny. They highly recommend that no further lapping is performed, so much that they have a huge warning on the front page of their website, you will read this notice before you read anything else on their site.
The Mega Shadow comes without a fan. I never got a fan with a Thermalright cooler, but most coolers nowadays do come with fans. I guess some companies figure it is better to leave it up to you, whether you want to pay 5 or 6 bucks for a fan that will do you just fine, or 15-20 bucks or more for a upper end specially designed high CFM/low noise PWM fan.
The mounting hardware is for Intel only, accommodating LGA 1366, LGA 1156, and LGA 1175. I was a little surprised when I figured this out. Prolimatech does make AMD hardware, and the US vendors I found that carried it all charged $9.99 for it.
There are a lot of parts here, but everything makes sense once you start putting it together. So let's install the cooler.