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?
I could be naive, but I was actually quite impressed with the results. We see that at absolute load, the NV5 Silencer keeps right up to the Titan Robela water cooling set up. Granted, the Titan Robela is more of a beginners water cooling rig, but to keep up with water cooling at all is very impressive.
Before I had installed the Silencer, I ran Coolbits to detect my maximum recommended overclock. It had found that 470/1.10 was the max, so that’s what I have been using for the last while. Even at that overclock though, games were not always completely stable, but that may once again turn to my 400W PSU, alongside with a very overclocked CPU.
Once the Silencer was installed, I ran Coolbits again, and this time it detected 472/1.12, a bit better. At this overclock, I played through a few games for a while, including Counter-Strike: Source. I was very pleased to see that I didn’t stutter at all, and the game never ran smoother. It appears that the Silencer does a better job of handling an overclocked card, compared to the Robela water kit.
Admittedly, this is the first NV Silencer I have ever installed and used. I did have high expectations though, because I’ve been reading on them for awhile, and it’s not exactly rare to see them being mentioned in forums when it comes to GPU cooling. The first thing that really impressed me about the Silencer is how well built it is. It’s a very solid product, even if it is half plastic. Even with the plastic, this does not feel flimsy or cheap in the least.
Even though the Silencer does not include any LED’s or some far out design, it is easily one of the best looking coolers on the market. It has a great style and design, and makes the graphics card look like a monster once it’s installed. Another thing is the ultra quiet fan, which is apparently due to the strange but useful design. Installing the Silencer actually added another fan to my rig, because I was using water prior. I cannot tell that another fan was added to the system… it’s just as loud as before. So, it cools as well as the Titan water cooling, and is just as quiet.
I think my favorite feature of the Silencer though, would have to be the fact that it shoots all the heat out the back of your tower. This will not only help the graphics card, but the entire computer. Instead of having a cooler that shoots off heat inside your computer, it will get rid of it immediately, and that should in turn keep the inside of your computer cooler overall.
After evaluating this product and having used other cooling on this card, I am not the least bit hesitant to give the NV5 Silencer a perfect score; 10/10 and our Editors Choice award. The Silencer has it all, easy installation, great looks, wicked performance and best of all a great value. If you are looking to provide better cooling to your GPU but don’t want to jump up to water, I highly recommend you consider this cooler.
- Ultra-easy Installation
- Great performance – Kept up to water cooling!
- Awesome design, it looks fantastic
- Very QUIET
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