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faugusztin 19th May 2010, 08:37 Quote
I miss the Prolimatech MK-13 in this review.
Denis_iii 19th May 2010, 08:52 Quote
seems GPU cooling has a long long way to go
hope the Coolit Eco or Corsair H50 do versions soon that cool both gpu and cpu
KayDat 19th May 2010, 08:54 Quote
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The Freedom Force was a sync to install...

Hm...that was always a hard word to spell in my books, but I reckon it's spelt as cinch, when I first see sync, I mentally pronounce sink.
rickysio 19th May 2010, 08:54 Quote
What happened to the Setsugen?
Phalanx 19th May 2010, 08:59 Quote
This couldn't have come at a better time, as I'm looking to quieten a folding rig I'm working on. Vortexx Neo it is!
KayDat 19th May 2010, 09:07 Quote
So wait...for HSFs that don't provide a sink for VRMs...did you just leave them bare?
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Originally Posted by Ph4lanx
This couldn't have come at a better time, as I'm looking to quieten a folding rig I'm working on. Vortexx Neo it is!

But they said at the start of the review:
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Due to its age it’s only compatible with one of the three graphics cards we were testing with this month, the HD 4890.
phuzz 19th May 2010, 09:12 Quote
No Zalman coolers?
I've been a bit disappointed with my VF1000 fitted to a 8800GT, since it started getting a bit warmer I started getting crashes in games. All I had to do was turn up the speed of one of the internal fans, but it's changed my rig from being almost silent, to quite noisy.

It wasn't until I read
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"We’d recommend using [a 3 pin to molex adaptor] to avoid any issues with automatic speed control if connected to a motherboard fan header."
that I remembered that the fan on the graphics cooler is plugged into the motherboard...
DOH!
Because the CPU is water cooled, of course the motherboard will be throttling all the fans, because it thinks it's nice and cool, while the graphics card overheats enough to crash.
Now I feel like an idiot :(
Invectus 19th May 2010, 09:12 Quote
would be intressting having a sapphire vapor-X as reference to this review. Since it comes with a upgraded cooling unit
rickysio 19th May 2010, 09:24 Quote
Still feel that for maximum effectiveness we all should start attaching CPU towers to GPUs.
gcwebbyuk 19th May 2010, 09:24 Quote
Am also shocked no Zalman coolers were reviewed - the GV1000 kept my 4870 nice and cool and quiet. The only comparisons I have to it though are the stock Gigabyte/Zalman cooler that was a 2pin and on 100% all the time (noisy!) and watercooling.

What I do know is it was easy to install and came with RAMSinks.
Jim 19th May 2010, 09:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by KayDat
Hm...that was always a hard word to spell in my books, but I reckon it's spelt as cinch, when I first see sync, I mentally pronounce sink.

Agreed - I thought it didn't look right when I was reading it!
barndoor101 19th May 2010, 09:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Invectus
would be intressting having a sapphire vapor-X as reference to this review. Since it comes with a upgraded cooling unit

except you cant buy them separately.
Mankz 19th May 2010, 09:31 Quote
I've used a T-RAD2 for over a year now on my 4850... Im more than happy with it, with a low speed 12cm Yate Loon on it, its far quieter than the stock cooler, and far cooler as well.

Well worth the £30 I payed for it.
Skippylee 19th May 2010, 09:44 Quote
I work for a company who sells Scythe products and apparently there were some compatibility issues with the Setsugen, which is why it went EOL. Scythe say a new version is to be release in the near future.
phantombudgie 19th May 2010, 09:58 Quote
The stock cooler on my (admitedly low-end) HD4650 was insanely loud and not very effective. I replaced it with the Accelero S2 passive heatsink (looks identical to the S1).

It was quite tricky to fit, and the instructions are nearly useless, but now it's on the new cooler is silent and works fr more effectively than the stock one, even without any fans on the heatsink.

@barndoor101: I think they should compare the data to a Vapor-X card, because they're usually cheaper than buying a normal one plus your own 3rd party cooler. If the Vapor-X kicks all of these solutions here and you don't have to fit it yourself, then that would be the way to go.
capnPedro 19th May 2010, 10:02 Quote
Why is a £50 air cooler considered expensive, when nobody bats an eyelid at £65 waterblocks!?
Mraedis 19th May 2010, 10:03 Quote
I'm using an Artic Cooler Twin Turbo (not pro) for my overclocked HD4870, it lowered the temperature by 15°C on load, and 10°C on idle. It was a breeze to install, and the only problem I had was my own fault, my card was not reference design, so the VRAM coolers didn't fit. I had to file off the stock cooler so it would fit. It would also appear my pin was a 2-pin while I needed a 3-pin, so I had to replace that too.

It's run perfectly fine under heavy furmark benches, so I seriously don't get where the trouble is coming from.
rickysio 19th May 2010, 10:07 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
Why is a £50 air cooler considered expensive, when nobody bats an eyelid at £65 waterblocks!?

When is watercooling cheap?
KayDat 19th May 2010, 10:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by rickysio
When is watercooling cheap?

I think it's more like, you're paying so much for mediocre performance, if you pay a little more, you might as well have it watercooled, which yields much better performance. Of course, this is just for the waterblock, not the entire setup, but it's a good comparison.
Combatus 19th May 2010, 10:36 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
Why is a £50 air cooler considered expensive, when nobody bats an eyelid at £65 waterblocks!?

Because the latter, combined with a decent water cooling system will offer much better cooler and lower noise levels and KayDat mentioned. Not to mention in most cases, a water block is easier to fit too.
Combatus 19th May 2010, 10:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mraedis
I'm using an Artic Cooler Twin Turbo (not pro) for my overclocked HD4870, it lowered the temperature by 15°C on load, and 10°C on idle. It was a breeze to install, and the only problem I had was my own fault, my card was not reference design, so the VRAM coolers didn't fit. I had to file off the stock cooler so it would fit. It would also appear my pin was a 2-pin while I needed a 3-pin, so I had to replace that too.

It's run perfectly fine under heavy furmark benches, so I seriously don't get where the trouble is coming from.

We tested it on an HD5870 so you can't really compare our experience when using an HD4870. All we can say is that it was a royal pain in the rear end and despite following the instructions to the letter, it killed our card.
memeroot 19th May 2010, 10:49 Quote
kind of sucks(blows) and indeed there si opportunity for significant improvement
KayDat 19th May 2010, 10:49 Quote
I wonder if it had a similar issue to the S1? I mean, I personally think the TTPro is more like a chunky S1 than an L2, what with the heatpipes and all.

Edit: I just realised, in response to my previous question:
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Originally Posted by KayDat
So wait...for HSFs that don't provide a sink for VRMs...did you just leave them bare?
I suppose that means you decided to limit that cooler to the 4890...but were the VRMs the only limiting factor?
jrs77 19th May 2010, 10:57 Quote
The situation is annoying overall tbh.

The most GPU-coolers are not compatible to more then a very small array of GFX-cards, so each time I buy a new GFX-card I've to buy a new GPU-cooler aswell, if I don't wanna go with the noisy and insufficient stock-cooling.

The problem goes on, as the board-layouts change alot aswell lately, so the cooler which matched my old 4850 doesn't match the newer 4850 etc...

The manufacturers of GFX-cards are the ones, we need to point at. They're the ones, who don't deliver sufficient cooling-solutions in the beginning and I'm talking about stock clock-speeds here ofc.

I'm running a Scythe Musashi on my 4870, and I needed to secure the heatsinks for the RAMs and VRMs with thermal glue, so they don't fall off. The cooler manages the task of silent cooling excellent, but the card will never see another cooler again, due to the use of thermal glue.

The problem solves itself over time for me tho, as I'm playing less and less on my PC and only use it for office-tasks and multimedia, so GFX-cards become less interesting... I'm getting old.
wuyanxu 19th May 2010, 11:00 Quote
how about a column on how to remove the shroud for graphics cards?

not everyone wants to spend money on GPU cooling, cleaning the dust off the heatsink inside the standard shroud helps a lot
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