by Rob Williams on November 12, 2005 in Air-Cooling
Arctic Cooling has just updated their popular NV Silencer to support the 7800GT, and that’s exactly how we are going to test it! The cooler still uses the proven design of blowing hot air out the back, and looks great while doing it. Is it better than stock though, and possibly water cooling?
Arctic Cooling is not new to cooling graphics cards. Taking a quick look at their site, we can see that they still sell coolers for the legendary GeForce 4 TI and even the Radeon 9500. Over the years, they have done very little to change the design of the Silencer, because they found the sweet spot and are sticking to it.
Taking a look at an image of the cooler will give you a clear view of how it works. This is not an innocent looking cooler, it looks like a beast. The Silencer is comprised of four main parts which are thrown together to quickly get heat off of the GPU and outside of your tower.
To make it clear though, this is not only compatible with a 7800GT or GTX, but an array of other cards as well:
- AGP: Geforce 6800 (GT, Ultra), Quadro FX3000, FX 4000
- PCI-E: Geforce 6800 GT, Ultra, Quadro FX 1400, 3400, 3450, 4400, 4500
Here are some more specifications that you should know:
- Fan: 72 mm
- Overall Dimensions: 218.5 x 100 x 31 mm
- Rated Fan Speed: 2000 RPM
- Bearing: ARCTIC Ceramic Bearing
- Noise Level: 0.9 Sone
- Weight: 428 g
- Warranty: 6 Years
Looking at the bottom, we can see the base is made of pure copper. This is obviously a smart move, because it’s been proven time and time again that Copper is an awesome material to dissipate heat away from the contact quickly. Lined around the edge of the heatsink are 8 square pieces of thermal adhesive that make perfect contact with the memory chips on your card when the cooler is installed. These pieces can come off very easily if you need to move them around, but they are not so loose that they will fall off.
On top of the copper base is a collection of aluminum fins, which will help even further in distributing the heat around for quicker release. Of course, the entire unit is enclosed in a huge plastic chassis, which is there to keep the heat going in one direction, rather than all over the inside of your tower. At the rear is a very unique fan that’s used to push the airflow towards the back of your case, so that the heat will leave your computer case very quickly.