by Rob Williams on September 7, 2005 in Air-Cooling
There comes a time, when a stock video card cooler just doesn’t cut it. To get lower temps or better overclocks, you need specially designed coolers to help you achieve what you need. Evercools Nighthawk VGA Cooler, like all others, promise to offer superb cooling, for a great price. Let’s dive right in.
The cooler is made of copper, and uses the popular ‘ripple’ design for good heat dissipation. Even though the cooler looks like something that would take off in flight, it actually points straight ahead and does not install on an angle. For those who enjoy extra lighting in their PC’s, you will be happy to know that the fan emits a red LED. The color goes great with the card we will be using for installation.
This set also includes 8 copper heatsinks, for use on the memory chips on your card. On the back of them, is standard 3M tape that you tear off. Surprisingly, there is no thermal properties left behind from the tape, but rather a certain ‘stickiness’ that allows you to secure the heatink on. The fan is clear and is rated at 3500Â±10% RPM, with a rated air flow of 18 CFM. Here is a chart grabbed from the Evercool site:
||Ever Lubricate bearing type (Long life bearing)
Max Air flow:
| 18 CFM
||20 < dBA
On the official page for the cooler, they are pretty cryptic as to which video cards it is compatable with. “Works with all kinds of ATi and NVIDIA Cards”, but I can assure you that it is not compatable with the 7800GT. It may be compatable with the 6800GT, but it didn’t look like the holes aligned.
To help us out with the review today, my friend Pete came to the rescue with his MSI 6600GT. This is a great midstream card, by a fanastic company. Not too many people consider MSI when buying video cards, and I personally haven’t tried any of their high-end, but I know from experience that their midstream selection is great. His card in particular, uses red PCB, which is why the red LED from the fan really adds to the look of the card.
Of course, looks don’t matter if the performance stinks. Let’s get this thing installed and then do some tests.