Date: March 11th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: XFX
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL & WALKTHROUGH
The large VPU and memory cooler doesn't a great job at keeping the core, memory and voltage regulator chips cool and stable all while being remarkably silent. Fan flow and speed is directly related to core temperatures and will rise and fall as needed to keep the core as cool as possible. Flow rate and speed changes even when they did occur were not noticeable, but still kept the core well below 60c even when benchmarking and overclocking.
All the hot exhaust air is pushed out of the case and will not affect your internal temperatures. Airflow under normal use can be expected to be between 20-30cfm and is by no means a room heater like some of Nvidia's older cards a couple years ago. In fact, this cooler is one of the quietest I have tested other than some of the Zalman cooler options you see on special edition cards or if installed by the consumer.
In addition to the exhaust vent, you have the two DVI connections and a connection for the HD component dongle. There is also an activity LED that you see on the left side of the vent which indicates whether or not the card is receiving an appropriate amount of power for normal operation. But do keep in mind that this card is a double slot solution and will block your first PCI slot if anyone out there still uses them.
The other end of the card houses the fresh air intake and the two 6 pin molex connections you will need from your power supply. Make sure your power supply has these connections seeing XFX does not include the adapters in their hardware kit.
So when all is said and done, does this cooler allow for a decent overclock? Well check out the next page to find out.