With the Grandis 3 EVO ARGB, SilentiumPC has introduced a comparatively inexpensive CPU cooler with ARGB lighting. We have tested the upgrade version of the Grandis 3 EVO, which has been available for quite some time, and you can find the results below.
Scope of delivery
The CPU cooler is delivered in an amazingly large box, which carries an image of the device. Inside this box, you will first find three cardboard boxes that fix the cooler in its position and thus prevent damage during transport. In addition to the cooler, you will find the necessary mounting materials, a thermal paste, as well as instructions on how to install the device.
|Size with fans||131 × 140 × 159 mm|
|Weight with fans||1,020 g|
|Heatpipes||6 x 6 mm made of copper|
|Mounting (radiator)||Two-stage bracket with back plate|
|Mounting (fan)||via wire bracket|
|Compatibility||AMD: FM2(+)/FM1/AM3(+)/AM2(+)/AM4; Intel: LGA 2066/2011/1366/LGA 1200/115x|
Design and workmanship
The only difference between the Grandis 3 EVO ARGB we tested and its predecessor is its milky RGB fans, which are also its visual highlight and caught our eye accordingly when we inspected the unit. They are high-quality workmanship and shine with a diffuse light all the way into the peripheral area. Apart from the milky RGB fans, the device presents itself as a classic twin tower with typical slat towers. With an overall height of 159 millimeters, the Grandis 3 EVO ARGB is suitable for almost every case – the important limit of 160 millimeters for small cases is not exceeded after all. However, it should be noted that the cooler is symmetrically designed, which leads to the fact that it partly conflicts with RAM.
The workmanship of our test device is impeccable. The fins are evenly and sturdily designed and the heatpipes are covered by black lids and caps, which is good for the looks. We could not find any sharp edges or other negative points in our test despite a thorough examination. The only point of criticism is that the two slat towers are very close to each other. In case of doubt, they have to be slightly pushed apart during installation, which is not an insurmountable obstacle, but could have easily been avoided.
The base plate on which the towers are mounted is made of nickel-plated copper and looks sturdy.
The ARGB lighting of the two fans can be controlled either via the mainboard or via the reset switch on the case. SilientiumPC includes a mini-controller for this purpose. The fans also only occupy one header on the mainboard due to a series connection. Unfortunately, the colors of the lighting are a bit pale.
Overall, the CPU cooler makes a positive first impression. It has a largely high-quality workmanship and a very handsome design. Therefore, let’s take a closer look at it.