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Pros:

It's a low profile GTS450!

Cons:

RIDICULOUSLY LOUD. I don't mean it's just loud enough to be bothersome, I mean it's loud enough that other people around me had to raise their voice for me to hear them. Yes you can argue that it's because of the form factor (and therefore the smaller heatsink and fan), but it's clear that the design isn't very efficient:

1) The base of the cooler is very rough, which prevents good contact with the processor.

2) The fins only take up about half the available space under that plastic cover - they should have used as much space as possible, and maybe even thrown in a heatpipe or two.

3) The shape of the fins doesn't allow the airflow to be used as efficiently as possible. Instead of pointing straight up they are bent over to one side. So there's a huge gap on one side of the cooler, with all the fins squished together going towards the other. Spreading them out evenly would have allowed for better airflow (and better cooling) at any given fan speed.

4) Copper would have been

Other Thoughts:

When idle, or under very little load, the card is inaudible. You can put your ear up to it and you'll only barely hear it. But if you're not planning on fully tapping into the potential of the card, then you're wasting your money on it.

A better purchase is Sparkle 9800GT that's currently for sale. It's about the same speed as this card (contrary to what nVidia would have you believe), but it uses 30W less under load, and puts out a lot less heat. Less heat = easier to cool. Coupled with a better (but still mediocre) HSF design, it beats this one by a mile.

I just wish there was a good aftermarket cooler for cards like this.

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  • Maan S.
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