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Date: August 24th, 2007
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: CoolIT
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)




The fan is attached to the underside of the aluminum piece via double sided tape on each corner. At first I wasn't so impressed and thought it seemed “cheap”, but upon further inspection I found that it provides a secure fit and the fan doesn't budge at all. Power is provided by a standard three-pin connector but it is short and a three to four pin adapter might be needed to reach a power source.

 

PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING



I was prepared for this to be a nice and quick install, but I ended up running into a couple mishaps along the way. The first step of the install is to replace the standard screws that secure the PCI slot covers with one set of thumbscrews (this is to raise up the fan so it doesn't come into contact with any expansion cards). This is where my trouble began. The Sunbeam Transformer case I'm using has a tool-less design to install expansion cards, and the Booster requires screws and will not work with that kind of setup. So, in order to make this work I had to remove the mechanism that secures all the expansion cards inside the case.


 

 

 


After the first set of thumbscrews is in place, the Booster is tightened down by using the second set of thumbscrews. It sounds simple and it should be simple, but again I managed to run into a problem. In my test system the video card uses the very first (top) expansion card slot, but after securing one end of the Booster on that slot, it was positioned so it didn't blow on the video card at all. After some more maneuvering the end result is not ideal as the fan still isn't blowing directly on the video card. This was the best I could do with my case, though.


Despite the issues I had, I don't foresee the same problems occurring in most instances. I think the design of chassis I was using simply didn't work well with this fan and most cases will probably accommodate it just fine. It should definitely be noted that it's not compatible with every case out there however, mainly those that have tool-less expansion card slots.


Alright, time to do some testing. Here's the system I'll be using:


- Biostar TForce 550 Motherboard
- AMD X2 3600+ Brisbane CPU overclocked to 2.8 GHz
- 2GB GSkill PC2-6400 RAM
- XFX Geforce 8600 GT PCI-e Video card (not overclocked, stock cooler)
- 2 x 80GB WD800JD Hard drives
- Antec Smartpower 500W PSU


The conditions I used during testing are:


-Ambient room temperature was kept at a constant 21C.
-Idle video card temps were recorded after the PC had been sitting for one hour at the Windows desktop under zero load.
-Load temps were recorded after four passes of 3DMark06.

GPU

Idle

Load

Before PCI Fan

51C

62C

After PCI Fan

49C

60C


A two degree drop under both idle and load conditions is not significant, but then again this is not meant to be a substitute for a total GPU cooler replacement. Undoubtedly that would provide much better results, although at a higher cost. Additionally, with my issues during installation the fan was not positioned in an optimal spot directly over the video card which probably affected temps as well. The fan is loud and added noticeable noise to the case, so if you're looking for a quiet solution this isn't it.

 

 


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