[review]13 VGA coolers Roundup

Platform setup

Since the Thermalright T-Rad2、HR-03 GT and V2 come without a fan, we used SilverStone FN81(80*80*25mm)fan for V2, “QianHong” 92*92*20mm fan for HR-03 GT, double “QianHong” 92*92*20mm fan for T-Rad2.

In our review, all 13 coolers use their reference fans though, we just the fan speed to 1500RPM for the test as well as full speed.

Unika Radeon HD 4850

Arctic Silver 5 silicone grease

PCB temperature testing method

Introduction
13 VGA coolers’s specifications and price
ZEROtherm HC92 Cu8800
ZEROtherm GX820
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 Rev.2
Thermaltake DuOrb
ZALMAN FC-ZV9
ZALMAN GV1000
Thermalright HR-03 GT
Thermalright V2
Coolink GFXChilla
PCCOOLER HP3-851
Thermalright T-Rad2
XIGMATEK BATTLE-AXE VD964
AC Twin Turbo
Compatibility of the thirteen cards
Platform setup
The software and testing method
Benchmark Results
Ranking
Conclusion

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16 Responses to “[review]13 VGA coolers Roundup”

  1. Babyfish Says:

    Wow, awesome review!!!

  2. Pepelu Says:

    Great review, I only miss some noise tests and adding the new Scythe Musashi to this roundup.

  3. Xajel Says:

    Very good review, sorry eXpreview I thought you were late with the AC TwinTurbo review as I thought it will be only one cooler !!

    but I must thank you for this great detailed review !!

  4. kin Says:

    @Xajel
    Thank you for your attenton and support~
    In fact, the Chinese version of this review counts for 30,000 Chinese characters.
    I can just translate small parts of it. I think you can read the Chinese version too!

    here is the link(google translate)
    http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.expreview.com%2Ftopic%2F2008-09-01%2F1220265993d9926.html&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&sl=zh-CN&tl=en

  5. JeGX Says:

    Nice review and nice work kin (must be a little bit boring to change all these coolers…). Glad to see that FurMark is useful for your reviews!

  6. Paul Says:

    Awesome review! I’m glad that you chose coolers that are relevant to today’s market and are ones that could be found in any person’s set-up.

    I was wondering if you could do a comparison between the T-Rad and the AC S1 with each one using two 92mm fans. It would be great to see the results because I’m sure many people who have the AC S1 have it set up with two 92mm fans (including me).

    Thanks again!

  7. MuGoY Says:

    Thermalright did it again! T-Rad2 is the king. I have HR03-GT and now it is time to upgrade :)

  8. Math del Says:

    Really cool but for me the essentiel is the noise and there is no noice test :(

  9. MotherAlgeria Says:

    Good work

    go to bay T-Rad2 :D

  10. vekkth Says:

    great review thanks a lot. i am using PCCOOLER HP3-851 (sold by IceHammer as IH650) with 2 120mm ZM F3 fans, i have to say its the best price/cooling/noise solution i’ve yet to find. with F3s set on 7v i have virtually noisless setup that cools very well and costs around 40$.

  11. Bobby Says:

    It’s a shame the HR-03 Plus was not included. I still use it from my old 3870 to 8800GT and now on my 4870. Beats every other cooler I have tested when installed with a Sharkloon 120mm fan.
    And it bested the T-Rad2, so would of been nice to see it being compared to these other coolers.

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