Graphic Card Cooler Roundup

Cooling/VGA & Other Cooling by richbastard @ 2004-03-08

With modern graphic cards producing as much heat as a modest desktop processor, 3rd party graphic card coolers have changed from being an exotic piece of aluminium owned by geeks to a necessity for silent/cool computing. We tested 7 popular VGA coolers to see which one would suit your needs best, whether you are searching for silence or extra performance.

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Zalman 80C-HP + FAN

Zalman 80C-HP:
This impressive looking cooler is the successor of the Zalman 80A-HP. While the dissipation area has reduced a little (1300>1200 cm²), the redesign proves to cool a little bit better and allows the use of an optional fan (ZM01).

Package:

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The contents are the same as the ZM80A-HP: two heatsinks, a heat pipe, a screwdriver and some thermal paste.

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The optional fan comes with a handy molex-to-fan adapter: you can attach two 12V and two 5V fans on one molex connector.

Installation:

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Just like its older brother, the installation takes quite a while. Noticeable differences are only 2 screws per heatsink instead of 4 for attaching each it to its base (which makes it easier, but more prone to failure) and two rather unnecessary plates to keep the two heatsinks nice parallel.

Base finish :

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The finish is good, but not great. Might benefit from a lapping.
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