Showing off the power of dual fan: Thermalright T-Rad2 GPU cooler review

While bringing Ultra 120 Extreme Black Edition at Computex 2008 in June, the well-known cooler manufacturer Thermalright also unveiled another VGA cooler —— T-Rad2. We got one recently, played for a while, and now here is the review.

Thermalright T-Rad2 VGA cooler in ComputeX

Thermalright has introduced many fantastic products before, and the most representative ones are HR-03 series for GeForce 8800 series and HD2900XT. But with other newly emerging competitors, this series seem to grow pale for a while.

Compared with HR-03 Series, T-Rad2 is really impressing with its refreshing design. Then what different experience would this brand-new T-Rad2 bring to us? According to roadmap of Thermalright, it won’t be manufactured in large quantity until mid August, and it will hit the market in September. Fortunately, we have got the sample of T-Rad2, so we are proud to present the first review of T-Rad2.

Page 1: Introduction
Page 2: a closer look at T-Rad2
Page 3: Installation
Page 4: Multi-card issue
Page 5: Test setup and remarks
Page 6: The performance of T-Rad2
Page 7: Fanless with T-Rad2
Page 8: Who to challenge T-Rad2

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20 Responses to “Showing off the power of dual fan: Thermalright T-Rad2 GPU cooler review”

  1. The Geeks Of 3D » Thermalright T-Rad2 GPU Cooler Review Says:

    [...] FurMark has been used to overload the GPU. [...]

  2. Glowing Says:

    Detailed and professional review as always.
    Hope TR will improve it.
    Anyway, an awesome cooler!

  3. Danny Carpenter Says:

    You have made a vital mistake in your review of the Thermalright TRad 2 VGA cooler. You have calculated the total height of the graphics card and cooler to be 58mm, and then stated that this won’t fit in the 55mm space between the slots of a 2 x PCi slot motherboard. However, when calculating the 58mm dimension you have included the 11mm for the bolts, which protrude at the rear of card. Therefore the space required between slots is actually 24mm (heatsink) + 20mm (fan) + 3mm (debatable for PCB) = 47mm

  4. Danny Carpenter Says:

    Ahhh no. I see…..

    The bolts on the second card would conflict with the fan[s] on the first.

    Doh! Sorry

  5. Bert Ove Says:

    BTW use the “start-Xtreme-Burning.bat” start file with Furmark, it makes the cards ever hotter!

  6. Wheatbread Says:

    Where could one find a 92mm x 20mm thick fan. Google tells me no such beast exists.

  7. Jeff Says:

    @wheatbread:

    AVC have a 9220 fan. And i believe other company also have this type

    http://www.avc.com.tw/china/products/DC-FAN-home.htm

  8. erik Says:

    so how thoes this compare to HR03GT + 120mm fan? I bet its a close score.

  9. That Linux Guy Says:

    A great review! I’ve been waiting to see some real-world results from this cooler for some time now.

    @wheatbread, I’m sure a standard 25mm thick fan will fit just fine. 92mmx20mm fans are very rare.

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  11. darren Says:

    on the bolts at rear comment , potentially simple fix is just to trim them down and replace the knurled nuts with standard nuts , this would free up a good 5mm , ill test the theory when i get my second 4870 later on this year , ordered one of these babys from usa this week

  12. Ryan Says:

    Are there any sites that you can buy those thin 92mm fans from? The link from That Linux Guy is in Chinese and there is no were to purchase from them. Google returns no results for the DA9220 part number.

  13. Antraman Says:

    You incorrectly state that the HR-03GT cooler can only use a 92mm fan. I have attached a 120mm fan to the HR-03GT with a little bit of modification of the wire clips.

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