Date: April 9th, 2004
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Chaintech USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Does this card have adequate cooling?
The AA5700U has one of the best VPU and memory cooling solutions I have seen to date on any videocard. With two fans pumping air through the all copper core & memory heatsink, I never once witnessed a core temperature in excess of ten degrees above room temperature.
Ten degrees? Yes, TEN degrees and that was only when I was overclocking the living hell out of it. As you can reference through the above photo, the copper heatsink is comprised of a huge copper baseplate complete with several copper fins placed above the memory modules and the core.
Not only that, but each fan also includes two very bright LEDs. Can you honestly tell me that this card would not look awesome in a windowed case at a LAN party?
But how is the back memory cooled?
The back memory modules are all cooled via this large gold plated copper heatsink complete with the Chaintech logo plate. The heatsink was cooling very well and was warm to the touch. And as you will see in the overclocking section, it helped the memory overclocking a LOT.
The backplate is also gold plated and houses the DVI, analog and video out connections. Also remember, you have the DVI to analog convertor that allows you to run two analog monitors simultaneously.