Date: March 7th, 2005
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner, Head Editor & Hardware Reviewer)
Product Submitted by: HIS
<--CLICK FOR PRICES ON AN ATI RADEON VIDEOCARD IN AMERICA
<--CLICK FOR PRICES ON AN ATI RADEON VIDEOCARD IN CANADA
PRODUCT WALKTHROUGH & PICTORIAL
Let's take you on a guided tour of the value enthusiast videocard.
Starting off with the cooler, I wanted to show you the difference in sizes between the standard IceQ cooler mounted on the X700 and the larger IceQII cooling solution used on the X800XL. The original IceQ on top only cools the core whereas the IceQII cooler cools the memory as well.
The IceQII cooler is made by Arctic Cooling and as you can see has a tremendous amount of heatsink surface area to dissipate any heat generating during operation.
The huge 80mm fan is thermally controlled by the videocard and will increase and decrease the fan speed according to the core temperature. The principle is simple, the fan intakes air, pushes it through the heatsink and carries the warm air.......
...directly out of the case though the back ventplate you saw in the product composition section. I love this feature seeing it removes any influence the VPU core has on internal case temperatures. This is especially helpful if you are an overclocker and want case temperatures to be at their absolute minimum.
On the VPU core side, the thick copper plate directly cools the videocard memory. This heat is inducted into the main heatsink where again, it is transported out of the case.
Even the back memory modules have a large thick aluminum plate attached and all memory modules are covered with thermal paste to aid in removing any heat. This should really help in the overclocking department.