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Vantec Iceberq Copper VGA And Chipset Cooling Kit - Model CCB-A1C
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2 out of 5 eggs Poor cooling performance 01/22/2012

This review is from: Vantec Iceberq Copper VGA And Chipset Cooling Kit - Model CCB-A1C

Pros: This is a relatively quiet fan.

Cons: Poor thermal performance, this fan will not be able to effectively cool a high performance VGA card, and is definitely not suitable for overclocking. Using my thermal resistance test rig, I found that this was the worst performer of all the 5 VGA coolers I tested, with a value of 1K/watt. So, the temperature increase over the case temperature will be almost exactly 1 degree C per watt.

Other Thoughts: The poor thermal performance of this cooler is probably attributable to the lack of significant surface area on the cooling fins. It looks as though the manufacturing process to make this cooler is simple, but this is not reflected in the cost. There are better budget VGA coolers out there.

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ZALMAN VF900 - CU LED 2 Ball VGA Cooling Fan/Heatsink
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5 out of 5 eggs An engineering marvel 01/21/2012

This review is from: ZALMAN VF900 - CU LED 2 Ball VGA Cooling Fan/Heatsink

Pros: This product boasts a remarkable design, in terms of thermal management and acoustics (silent mode really is silent). Even turned all the way up, noise is imperceptible inside a case. I did some thermal performance testing with a 20w element, and this fan (on quiet mode) boasts a delta T of 2 kelvins, yielding a thermal resistance of just under .1 K/w. "Budget" VGA coolers I have tested are typically in the realm of .5 K/w, not as quiet, and not much less expensive. If you need significant cooling on an overclocked device, this is the way to go.

Cons: My only complaint is that the LED does not stay at full brightness in silent mode.

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Display Name: Kurt S.

Date Joined: 11/11/05

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