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Acoustic Performance

We measured the acoustic performance of our today’s testing participants in the entire rotation speed range of their fans. The results are summed up on the following graph:

Well, at least GELID GX-7 did well in the noise test and achieved the same results as Thermalright True Spirit and Archon (without taking into consideration the maximum rotation speeds of their fans). GELID WING 12 PL fan turned out really well-built and of superb quality. It doesn’t crackle or howl in entire rotation speed range, has low startup voltage of 4 V and relatively low power consumption (3.1 W). The impeller is very well-balanced, which excludes the possibility of beating and should ensure long life span. Besides, it can be removed, which makes it easy to care for it.

Conclusion

GELID GX-7 didn’t prove up to our expectations and turned out just another cooler, which price is obviously set too high. If the second row of heatpipes does work, then the heatsink must be not efficient enough, because of its small surface size and high dependence on the fan rotation speed. GX-7 could have probably been more appealing, if it were provided with two WING 12 PL fans instead of one and GC-EXTREME thermal paste. But in its current configuration it should be priced at no more than $50-$55, because the competition in this segment is currently so serious that it will be difficult to get through even for more attractive coolers, like Scythe Mugen 3, for instance.

So, what could be a potential selling point for the new GELID GX-7? I believe it is its universal design, relatively simple installation procedure, reliable retention, low noise at up to 1100 RPM and attractive LED highlighting of the fan. If you care a lot about all these features, you are satisfied with GX-7’s cooling efficiency and are ready to invest $70 in it, then the new GELID GX-7 will definitely find a way into your system one day.

 
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