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GELID Solutions at Computex 2012

GELID Solutions at Computex 2012

GELID at Computex 2012
A few years ago, we published a video of the GELID Wing 12 fan being dipped into a bucket of water while running. It was pretty popular. We did that because back then GELID Solutions sent us a Wing 12 fan for review and claimed it was waterproof. Skeptical, Matt ‘Snarkasm’ Jancaitis turned the camera on and gave the fan the plunge. It worked.

GELID Solutions has been around since 2008, founded in Hong Kong by two Swiss. This means that if you own a GELID fan you can proudly say it is “Swiss Engineering”. From their website,

Design, quality and innovation are key. And, being Swiss, we leave nothing to chance. That’s why we provide a total solution – from bearings to thermal compound, from design to shipping, from the molding of the fan to the print on the box – with state-of-the-art machines and experienced staff.

I met with co-founder VC Tran, and he was happy to show me around the booth.

First off, we looked at the GX-7 cooler, a 7-heatpipe design:

GELID GX-7 7-heatpipe CPU cooler at Computex 2012

GELID GX-7

The GX-7 heatpipe layout is the key feature, along with V-shaped cutouts on the heatsink fins to improve airflow on the main surface of the fans.

GELID GX-7 heatpipe layout

GELID GX-7 heatpipe layout

The other coolers they were showing have been out for a while, including the quad-heatpipe Silent Spirit:

GELID Solid Spirit cooler at Computex

GELID Silent Spirit cooler

There’s also an update of their slim 1U heatpipe cooler called the Slim Silence A-Plus for Mini-ITX or server applications:

GELID Slim Silence at Computex

GELID Slim Silence A-plus

Last, but not least, they showed a new upgraded version of their Tranquillo cooler, called the Tranquillo Rev. 2.

Next we looked at the Wing fan lineup:

GELID Fans at Computex 2012

There wasn’t a whole lot of newness here; the Wing 12 and Wing 14 series fans are still magnetic sleeve bearing, with the killer feature being the removable impeller for easy cleaning.

What was new is their Icy Vision-A afermarket GPU cooler for all modern Radeon GPUs, up to and including the AMD Radeon 7970

GELID Icy Vision A GPU cooler for Radeon

GELID Icy Vision A GPU cooler

And finally they showed off their new case, the Darkforce:

GELID Darkforce Case at Computex

GELID Darkforce Case

In true GELID fashion, the case is optimized for cooling, with support for up to eight fans. Also a nice addition is the SATA bay on top for quick hotswap of SATA 2.5″ drives.

Last, they still have their top-rated GELID GC-Extreme thermal compound, an award-winning thermal compound that some consider the best out there (a review is forthcoming).

All in all, it was good to see GELID in form at Computex, with their small but focused lineup of PC cooling accessories. I’m glad that GELID hasn’t branched out into things like PSUs and gaming peripherals like so many others; they know their strengths and they focus on them.

One last thing; I asked VC Tran about the proper pronunciation of the company name, to quash any speculation. It’s pronounced JELL-id, like Jell-O.

Oh yeah, girls:

GELID Booth Babes at Computex 2012

Comments

  1. mertesn
    mertesn Unf. Do want those coolers and fans.
  2. Annes
    Annes Did you get one of those teal hats?
  3. BuddyJ
    BuddyJ They make cases?! Please somebody get one for Icrontic. Best fans ever, paired with a good case would be a coup in the industry.

    The only thing I can think of that'd be better is if Noctua teamed up with Silverstone or NZXT for a project.
  4. RootWyrm
    RootWyrm Any word on updates/improvements to their Silent series? I've been recommending them for the BabyDragon and BabyDragon II since day one - especially the TC family. Fantastic fans.
  5. primesuspect
    primesuspect @Rootwyrm the only real change is the release of a Sandy Bridge-compatible version called the Slim Silence I-Plus
  6. primesuspect
    primesuspect @Annes yes I got the teal fedora :D Gave it to Kyle.
  7. RootWyrm
    RootWyrm @primesuspect I am sad panda. The Slim Silence I-Plus tops out at 82W HCPP, 65W NCP. Can't handle my X3450 and the rest won't fit. :(

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