Prolimatech Megahalems may rank among the best CPU air coolers, but starts at a relatively high $70. The company unveiled new cost-effective variants, under the Megahalems Basic line. The Megahalems Basic-81 maintains the same dimensions as the original, with the same number of fins, except the 81 expensive aluminum fins (across both stacks) are replaced by stainless steel ones. The heat pipes and base are still made of copper, with the base even being given a mirror finish. The Basic-81 is priced at just $32.
Next up is the Basic-45, a compact aluminum fin tower heatsink that uses 45 fins to which heat is conveyed by four 6 mm-thick copper heat pipes, which draw heat from a copper base. The cooler ships "no-frills," with just the retention kit. You add your own fan. It's priced at just $14. The company is also said to be working on a slightly larger cooler, the Basic-48, which features 48 aluminum fins, and three nickel-plated copper heat pipes.