by Rob Williams on May 18, 2006 in Air-Cooling
Evercool is back with another graphics card cooler, and we have high hopes for this one. It looks almost like a toy, but the design could prove very smart. One immediate bonus of the cooler is that it only retails for $20, but let’s see if it’s worth it.
For this cooler, I am going to test it using my BFG 6800GT. This is a perfect choice, because this card is unbelievably horrible for having high temps. On a stock cooler, the card would hit 80°C for a joke. Some people have reported their cards even hitting 100°C.
Here are the cards that the VC-RHC is compatible with, but other cards may also be compatible.
- RADEON 9000/9000 PRO
- RADEON 9200/9200 PRO
- RADEON 9500/9500
- RADEON 9600/9600 SE/9600PRO/9600XT
- RADEON 9700/9700 PRO/9800 PRO/9800XT
- ATI Radeon X1300 Series
- ATI Radeon X1600 Series
- ATI Radeon X1800 Series
- GeForce 4 MX 420/400/460
- GeForce 4 MX 440 SE/440 8X
- GeForce FX 5200/5500/5600/5700
- GeForce 4Ti 4200/4200 8X
- GeForce 4Ti 4400/4600/4800
- GeForce FX 5600 ULTRA/5700 ULTRA
- GeForce FX 5900/5900 XT
- GeForce FX 5950 ULTRA
- GeForce FX 6600/6600GT
- GeForce 6800/6800GT
- GeForce 7800/7800GT
The first step was to remove the Accelero X1 cooler from the card, which I have been using for the past few months. I cleaned up the thermal paste and applied some of the stuff that came with this cooler. I quickly found out though, that the thermal paste they included is messy, and is very difficult to get an even coat on the core. I scrapped using their thermal paste due to it being far more of a chore than it should be, so I stuck with the tried and proven Arctic Silver 5.
At first, I was unsure that the cooler was going to fit my card, because none of the holes aligned that well. After being confused for a while, I decided to read the instructions, which clearly told me the proper holes to use. I had figured since most coolers require four mounts, that this would also. I was wrong. You only need two mounts if you are using this cooler on the 6800GT, or the ‘D’ method. The instructions are clearly laid out on their website as well, as you can see here.
After I had the proper mounts in, I still ran into a problem. The holes would not perfectly align to the holes, so the screw would ‘scrape’ when trying to push them both in that the same time. No matter what I tried, the cooler would not easily sit atop the proper screw holes. So, what I had to do was first put a single hole over one mount, and use a spring nut to fasten it into place. Then the other hole went in more easily, but not -that- easily.
Finally, installation is done after screwing in the last spring nut. The cooler was secure to the card with no swivel action happening at all. The installation could have gone better, but I was happy to finally see it in place.