Date: October 3rd, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: HIS
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
So, what extra features might I expect when I open my new videocard? Well, for one you will receive this absolutely enormous VPU and memory cooler. Just for your information, the cooler is actually manufactured by Arctic Cooling
which are very well known in the VGA and CPU cooling industry. This installed cooler retails for over US$40 if you were to purchase it separately and attach it to any other card. With HIS's version, everything is included, installed properly and actually looks pretty sharp.
Also, if you are into case modification, you won't find a better conversation starter when you switch on your internal UV cold cathode at your local LAN Party. With a lamp in close proximity, this cooler will literally light up the room. Man, even the picture makes me remember how much I was squinting in the dark trying to take this picture.
Basically, you have a exceptionally quiet 72mm fan pushing ~30cfm though a large aluminum fin heatsink which is soldered to a thick copper baseplate. The fan intakes internal case air, positively displaces through the large heatsink and exhausts the warm air directly out of the case. This works perfectly as long as you have good case ventilation. If you don't have proper case ventilation, all you will be doing is cooling the chipset with hot air which will significant effect any overclocking or even normal use on hot summer days.
With a lot of sound cards on the market, you have lots of cooling on one side, but the other side is completely ignored. With HIS's version, they made sure to cover both side and keep them cool and stable for better overclocking. And believe me, this extra attention to detail does pay off when you are overclocking this card's memory. What proof? Check out the details on the next page.