I wrote this review a few months ago, but I am only posting it here now!
I hope the following review will be helpful for people considering a new CPU cooler around the price point of £20-40
Mini Review of the Gelid Tranquillo Rev.2 CPU Heat sink:
The first few things that I noticed about this heat sink was the size, looks and quality.
At first I thought there would be problems with it not fitting in my case and possibly blocking my RAM a wee bit, however once it was fitted, there was still a good bit of room in my case (apart from the top part, more due to the sonata 3 though).
You would think that this would be fairly heavy by looking at it, however once you hold it, it feels very light (IMO), certainly feels a lot lighter than some of my friends heat sinks.
The quality of the metal, heat pipes etc. looks great and feels great, however the edges might be a bit sharp although I didn't spill any blood over fitting the heat sink
, so most people should be fine, but I have read that some users have cut themselves when they were fitting it.
The fan, which Gelid supplied (one of their own) is very good quality, the 4 pin cable is braided, and is still very flexible and it is quite long as well, so plenty of ways that you can manage the cable.
Their fan is much better than the antec tri cool 120mm fan that I currently have in terms of looks, build quality, noise and the amount of air that it moves (although the tri cool fan will move more air on the highest preset)
Wasn't too bad, however the instructions weren't great and might prove to be a bit difficult for newbies.
Personally I found it fairly hard getting the fan attached to the heat sink using those brackets. Every thing else went pretty smoothly, however it was a bit of a tight fit trying to get the motherboard screwed back into the case at the top part due to the size (this was more due to my case size though and I am sure that it would be much easier with a bigger case).
It fits in my sonata 3 perfectly with a good bit of room left and I didn't have any problems with the fan interfering with my RAM (although it is in slots 2 and 4 and therefore when I buy another 2 sticks of RAM, I will need to move the fan up a wee bit for RAM with tall heat sinks).
I didn't use the thermal paste that gelid supplied as apparently it is quite clumpy and poor, so just used the antec formula 5 thermal paste. The way that I applied it, was a tiny amount on the CPU (pea size, maybe a bit smaller) and I simply put the heat sink on top (didn't spread it at all with my finger in a bag or using a card etc. just let the pressure of the cooler being screwed in do the spreading of the paste) and screwed each of the 4 spring nuts a bit until they were tight.
This thing is very quite if not virtually silent at idle, I no longer hear the CPU fan when it speeds up a bit, however during BFC2, you could just about hear the fan (although I was concentrating on trying to hear it during the game and therefore I would most likely not notice it when I am just concentrating on the game), it is certainly better than the stock one. Although now the GPU (4850) sounds very loud during gaming, so will have to replace that soon
At first I wasn't too sure about the temps, expected them to be a bit lower at idle and maybe a bit lower for load, however I remembered that my case is not exactly the best for cooling, I only have the one antec tri cool fan on the back, which is always set to low and that is it (apart from the component fans obviously) and plus my room has been fairly hot the last few weeks (no way of knowing exact temperature), so once this hot weather is over I certainly expect them to drop a fair bit and to also drop a bit more when I get a better case for cooling e.g. corsair 650D. I also think I could get the temps down a bit more if I used artic silver instead of the antec one.
You can feel a good strong current of air pushing through the heat sink at the back with your hand and this is at a low rep for the fan as it was at idle during the time.
Now the temps time
(For some reason the fan speed seemed to cut out completely, started displaying %, so I didn't include that part)
With minimal use and no gaming:
A few minutes after playing BFBC 2 for a good few hours:
Here are 2 screenshots comparing the core temp readings and HW monitor readings at idle.
The highest temperature is from gaming (BFBC 2 for a few hours).
Coretemp starts with windows, where as HW monitor doesn't, so that is why the readings for the lowest temps are a bit different to the lowest readings for HW monitor:
My temps have dropped a bit now for idle due to the weather not being as hot, don't know about gaming as I haven't tried one out yet since I last booted my PC:
This is a great cooler considering the price, it is virtually silent at idle and at load it is still nearly silent whilst offering great cooling performance at the same time
. It looks very nice as well IMO.
However if you are going to be over clocking heavily (especially with the hotter chips i7 920 etc.) then this might not be the best cooler for you, unless you also have a very good case for cooling and replace the gelid fan with a better cooling fan then maybe it will do the job. It should be a bit better with the more efficient running CPUs and heavy overclocks e.g. i5 750 unless you want really low temperatures.
I would certainly pick this over the more expensive noctua and other brands of coolers again.
I got what I wanted for a very good price (£23.99 including delivery [Free delivery]), a silent yet also good at cooling CPU heatsink.
Hope you all liked the mini review and if anyone has any questions or would like something to be explained a bit better, just ask