Posted: November 17, 2017
GELID GX-7 Rev. 2 CPU Cooler Review
Some critics have said that “gamer” geared components are simply a marketing gimmick, but that in my opinion is not an accurate way of describing what is going on. It is accepted in the automotive world that there are “luxury” and “sport” vehicles that are separate from the mainstream sedans so why should CPU coolers be any different? A luxury or sport vehicle essentially performs the same basic function with four wheels just like a “gamer” or a “silent” cooler performs the same basic function moving heat away from the CPU via heat pipes. The distinction and the difference lie not simply in performance but also in the form following the function.
Is it part of a marketing strategy to apply labels? It is but it also serves to help consumers in that they can select which will fit their lifestyle or application more appropriately. A gamer oriented heatsink simply means that the design is often marked by an aggressive style. It can also be loud, in both looks and actual noise as enthusiast gamer components tend to run hotter and louder than conventional PC builds.
Just by looking at the GELID GX-7, one can be undoubtedly be sure that it is a gamer heatsink. Compared to GELID’s Tranquillo cooler, the GX-7 sports an LED fan and a top cover design resembling a car’s engine. While the original GX-7 definitely ran loud, the new rev. 2 version sports a slimmer 120mm fan that not only improves the noise output compared to the original but improves RAM module compatibility as well. The GELID GX-7 comes with a 3-year warranty and is available for $64.99 in most retail stores.