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Antec V-Cool VGA Cooler Review
NGO Review: Antec V-Cool VGA Cooler


Introduction

Antec is very well known for making excellent power supplies, cases, cooling fans etc, when I first heard about V-Cool, it immediately caught my eyes and ears. Why you ask? Well its simple, I just simply don't want to risk the warranty of an expensive graphics card by replacing the stock cooler. With the V-Cool unit, you just simply attach the unit in the expansion slot under your graphics card. This is unique and sounds very appealing to me. According to Antec; the v-Cool is able to reduce the temperatures by 5-15C. The cooler offers compatibility with all AGP or PCI-Express graphics card on the market. Will the V-Cool really make a difference to my graphics card? Read on to find out.


Package details:

The package arrived to me in perfect condition from the Antec office in Netherlands. I would also like to take the opportunity to apologise to Antec for being so late with this review.





The V-Cool has a nice transparent blue colour.





Here are some close ups of the unit:






Specifications:


Weight
165g


RPM
3500
3000
2500
CFM
15,9
13,6
11,5
DBA
37
35,5
29,3
Power
3,6W
3,0W
2,4W



Features:

* Provides fresh cool air to your VGA card, keeping it cooler and maximizing its life
* 3-speed switch lets you balance quiet performance with maximum cooling
* Fits in 2 expansion slots
* Blue LED illumination included



Installation:

Installation was very easy and convenient; you simply just put the v-cool unit right under your graphics card and connect the fan to a Molex connection from your power supply. It's as simple as that, it only takes about 2 minutes.






As you can see it's certainly is a good looking unit. But it looks even better when the unit is lit up.




Very nice, it lights up the case completely. Its very relaxing looking at it, it's really beautiful





Looking good.


Now Lets see it in action.

Hardware:
GeForce 6600 256Mb, 8x AGP with flashed bios.
Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Prescott CPU, Socket 478 @ 3.8GHZ with Themalright XP-90.
ASUS P4P 800-E Deluxe
1GByte (2x512MB) Kingmax DDR 466, 3-4-4-8
Thermaltake Purepower TWV 500W PSU
four 80 mm Antec case fans

Software:
Direct X 9,0c
Forceware 71,89 WHQL
Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows XP SP2
FutureMark 3DMark03


I ran FutureMark 2003 in loops of 15 minutes each with v-cool disconnected, connected at low, medium and high speed.





The V-Cool cooled my GPU well, 7 degrees C cooler with the unit running at maximum speed. For me that was great news considering how little the unit actually costs. The fan was not loud at all, I barely heard it at its maximum speed, but take into consideration that I do have 4 case fans that spins rather loud at times.


Thoughts and Final Conclusions:

There isn't anything like the V-Cool on the market today, its one of a kind. This is why I want to give the NGOHQ Silver Medal to the V-Cool. Many PC users who don't want to risk their warranty on their graphics cards will find this the perfect choice for them, it really cools you graphics card.


Pros:
* Very easy to install
* Prolongs the life of your graphics card
* Very Cheap
* Looks very good (specially in the dark)
* Quiet fan

Cons:
* No manual included

Score: 8/10






Written by: Daniel "Danhill" Popescu

Thanks to: www.antec.com for making this possible.






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