Date: November 16th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Hightech
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
Let's show you what makes this card tick.
First off, the first thing you will notice is the large cooler attached to the core of the videocard. The RV410 core is not exactly the fastest or most stressed core in the ATI lineup but this cooling is not intended for normal stock cooling.....it is intended for overclocking. The actual maker of this cooler is Arctic Cooling and the product under their brand is called the VGA Silencer
Starting with the videocard's intake, you have this 72mm blue LED fan that is temperature sensitive and under full load pushes around 30cfm of air flow. The main positive point is that it is silent. Even with your ear a couple of inches away you will struggle to hear it over your CPU fan.
But why can they use such a low speed/flow fan? Well, because they take advantage of the cooler's large 156 square inches of all aluminum surface area. The other nice thing to notice is the fact that you will be exhausting any warm air directly out of your case. No longer will you have to worry about your hot videocard raising your internal air temperature and hindering your potential CPU overclock and/or stability.
When monitoring the temperatures, even when overclocked quite a bit, the temperature of the core never went over 40c and was 34c at idle when being tested in a climate controlled room with a temperature of 29c. The cooler can handle MUCH more than this small core can ever throw at it.
As yet another nice addition, the cooler is UV reactive just like the other IceQ and IceQII videocards from HIS. Just add a UV cold cathode to your computer case and you have yourself a nice show piece. It does glow quite brightly.