Date: January 14th, 2007
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zerotherm
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The Hurricane's silver plastic shroud gives it a distinctive, space-age look that is both modern and a bit retro. You can see the four heatpipes and the numerous fins (both in copper) as well as the 92mm fan beneath the shroud, and the fantail terminates in the customary 3-pin connector to interface with motherboard fan headers or the included controller.
After a careful read of the manual, you'll find that the Hurricane is designed with a convertible feature, allowing the cooler to transform into three different configurations. As it comes straight out of the carton, the Hurricane is in standard (or “aerodynamic”) mode.
Removing four small screws allows the shroud to be lifted off the Hurricane, resulting in “overclocking” mode. Presumably, this configuration provides maximum cooling performance.
After removing the two indicated screws, the fan and bracket can slide out of its two channels to convert the Hurricane into a silent, passive cooler.
Unfortunately, despite using considerable force (and some extremely colorful language,) I was unable to get the fan bracket to budge. Consequently, we won't be able to test in this mode.
Here's what it would look like in passive mode. ZEROtherm cautions that, “Silent mode is only applicable to graphics cards with TDP (Thermal Design Power) under 50W.” Since the test mule 8800 GTS has a TDP over twice the rated wattage, it wouldn't be a valid test anyway. I'm still disappointed that the cooler doesn't function as advertised, though.