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| NGO Review: Antec V-Cool VGA Cooler
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.
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:
* 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 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,
only takes about 2 minutes.
As you can see it's certainly is a good looking unit. But it
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
Now Lets see it in action.
GeForce 6600 256Mb, 8x AGP with flashed bios.
Intel Pentium 4 3.2GHz Prescott CPU, Socket 478 @ 3.8GHZ with
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
Direct X 9,0c
Forceware 71,89 WHQL
Windows XP Home Edition with Service Pack 2
Microsoft Windows XP SP2
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
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
cards will find this the perfect choice for them, it really cools you
* Very easy to install
* Prolongs the life of your graphics card
* Very Cheap
* Looks very good (specially in the dark)
* Quiet fan
* No manual included
Written by: Daniel "Danhill" Popescu
Thanks to: www.antec.com for making this possible.