Gelid have developed a great product in the shape of the Silent Spirit cooler. It is their first effort at making a CPU heatsink but it actually seems as if they have been making these for much longer. The Gelid cooler may not necessarily be up there at the top of the mountain performance-wise with some other pricier coolers, but it still has all the right ingredients. The heatsink falls gracefully into the mid-range segment with competitive pricing and great performance.
In addition to being a well presented and an attractive piece of equipment the Silent Spirit is small, lightweight, and easy to install. Thanks to the use of the same pegs found on Intel’s stock heatsink the Silent Spirit does not require you to remove the motherboard or fiddle with clumsy brackets and instead provides a quick and effortless installation process.
Last but not least, the Silent Spirit really is quiet. The PWM fan slows down to a completely inaudible volume at idle assuming you have the correct options enabled in the bios, but even at 100% fan speed the cooler is impressively quiet and is easily drowned out by other noisier components.
The Silent Spirit is ideal for those who are looking for a quiet, small, well performing cooler. It is a great product and it looks like Gelid have a promising future if they continue down this path. With an MRSP of 27 euros (~Â£23 at time of press) the product is definitely competitive in the mid-range section and should be on every enthusiast shortlist.
Unfortunately the device hasn’t arrived on our shores just yet.