Video Card Cooling Comparison
Date Reviewed: June 17, 2000
Reviewed By: Jason Rabel
After contacting several different online vendors about my
little video card cooling experiment, several agreed to send my some
samples of their products to try out and see how well they worked. With
that being said, I would like to thank Millisec,
Globalwin USA, Cold
CPU, and The
Card Cooler for their generosity.
Being an owner of a 3D Prophet DDR-DVI, everyone knows how
hot the Geforce chip gets and how wimpy the stock cooler is on all the
different vendor's video cards. In my quest to keep my system as cool as
possible that stock HSF just had to go.
There are two basic methods for cooling down the video card. The
first is replacing the HSF with a beefier aftermarket model. The second option
is to keep the stock HSF on and use a "Card Cooler" that mounts above
the video card and blows cool air down onto the whole thing.
The products that I have assembled for this comparison include
Globalwin - CAF12
Globalwin - CAF32
Globalwin - FA420
Millisec - Vice I Video Cooler
Millisec - Vice II Video Cooler
The Card Cooler - The Ball Bearing Card Cooler
Some of my own creations
So let's start out with the coolers!
||120mm Card Cooler
The CAF12 is one of Globalwin's latest entrants into the
video cooling arena. It's basically a 120mm fan mounted on a special
"L" shaped bracket that allows you to mount it above your Video
/ PCI cards. One nice thing about it is the bracket allows you to
"slide" the fan up and down about an inch. Another nice feature
is the inclusion of finger guards so you don't accidentally hack off a
finger or get any wires caught in the fan.
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