The Prolimatech 81 is certainly affordable, with a nice price tag of just £34.99 from Overclockers UK and relative to the performance we’ve seen today that’s a great deal, just keep in mind that it’s not compatible with AMD sockets.
I really like this cooler and that’s partly because I set my expectations a little lower, as it’s not overly expensive or big, but it’s performance speaks for its self. It cooled our CPU competently enough in both stock and overclocked testing and while I wouldn’t recommend it for a high-end overclock 24-hours a day, those who have their CPU set to boost mode will certainly benefit from its capabilities. It’s also fairly quiet, not whisper quiet, but well within an acceptable level.
The aesthetics are good too, it’s a small, budget friendly cooler, but the overall design is pleasing to the eye. The fan is a little bland looking, but at this price, you could do a lot worse.
Build quality is very good and the fin stack feels pretty durable. The mounting kit is easy enough to work with and it doesn’t take long to install. The only downside is that it is only compatible with Intel branded coolers, and Prolimatech are quickly limiting their market a lot by not including an AMD compatible bracket.
- Competitive price
- Nice overall design
- Reasonable cooling performance
- Not compatible with AMD sockets
“The Prolimatech 81 is a modest cooler with a modest price, in fact, I think it’s also fair to say that the performance is pretty modest too. If you need reliable and quiet cooling performance without spending a lot of money, you’ll love what this cooler has to offer.”
Thank you Overclockers UK for providing us with this sample.