Date: October 30th, 2003
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product was donated by: Chaintech USA
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PRODUCT FEATURES & PICTORIAL
This is always my favorite section seeing I can dive into the eye candy and what makes a product stand out from the rest.
With it's black and gold color scheme and cover, the FX-71 is a far stretch from the boring everyday green PCB videocards that dominate the mainstream market. This card is just begging to be strapped into a windowed case.
The simple backplate is composed of a DVI connector which can be converted to analog with the included adapter, a VIVO connector for the input/output media block and analog VGA.
Chaintech utilizes a unique and very efficient cooling system powered by "Gas Turbine Technology".
Here is what Chaintech has to say about their cooling system:
Exclusive implement of technology incorporated in modern supersonic jet engines. With maximum air flow and pressure, the heat dissipation created by GT Technology is up to 30% more than other existing cooling fans under the same operating condition.
But what makes up this "Gas Turbine Technology"?
Removing two small screws on the back of the card will allow you to easily remove the plastic cover plate and expose just what makes this technology tick. Put simply, the fan intakes cool air from the side of the card and forces it across a rather large heatsink that cools both the VPU and one set of ram heatsinks. In essence, the air is forced through the heatsink and gets rid of the dead spot which occurs directly under the fan. Through this setup, only cool air is allowed to go through the heatsink and warm air is not allowed to recycle back into the fan. Just as a side note, check out the surface area on the core heatsink. More surface area increases cooling efficiency tremendously and allows the air to extract more heat per volume unit of air transferred through the cooling system.