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GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-02 Ball VGA Cooler

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Posted

Pros: Excellent Performance, Quiet, Cheap

Cons: Can be Difficult to Install, Fan cable may not be compatible

The GELID Solutions ICY VISION-A exceeded all my expectations. It was quieter, cooler, and cheaper than anything I could have expected. I will be reviewing the AMD only version, but the same information is valid for the NVIDIA version.

Starting with the box.


We can see that GELID has included a graph of the performance. I will also be sharing my own performance results.


Included in the box are the cooler, RAM heat sinks, VRM heat sinks, thermal compound, back plate, installation screws, fan cable, back plate, instruction manual, and other small accessories.


I will be doing an installation demo with a Radeon HD 6950, but the process will be the same for nearly all cards.

The first step is to remove the screws on the back and the stock heat sink.


Next the thermal paste must be removed from the GPU. I would use rubbing alcohol and a coffee filter. I would also wipe off the RAM chips and anything else that will be receiving a heat sink later on.


Then I placed the adhesive thermal pads on each of the RAM chips. This was very difficult to do precisely because both sides contain adhesive. I then placed the included heat sinks on the RAM chips


Next the VRM heat sink must be added. I had to do some DIY work with a dremel to get mine to fit. I am not sure if the wrong piece was included in my package, if my video card was different than other 6950s, or if the ICY VISION-A isn't compatible with my specific brand.


We are now done with the main board. Next the metal plate must be installed on the heat sink. I also would recommend cleaning off the copper that will come in contact with the GPU. After that the standoffs must be screwed in.


Next I put the thermal paste on the GPU. It is important to note that GPUs have a larger surface area than CPUs and will require slightly more thermal paste. After that the last step is to screw the heat sink into the card.


Here is the finished card. You will notice that the fan cable does not fit into the card. I had to plug it into a fan header on my motherboard. I personally don't like this because the fan won't ramp up when the gpu ramps up. I am sure there is a way to do this, but it would have been much easier if the fan was compatible. If you will be using multiple cards, you should know that the GELID ICY-VISION will add about 1/2 an inch to the thickness compared to a stock cooler.




Now for performance.
I was testing on the same 6950 before and after the upgrade. I was running a 3570k, 16GB RAM, an SSD, on a P8Z77-V Pro with Windows 8. As you can see the GELID is around 20% cooler at load. It is also MUCH quieter. The stock fan was nearly unbearable at full speed while the GELID was quiet and not noticeable.


I would recommend the GELID Solutions ICY VISION-A to anyone who wants to upgrade their VGA cooling solution. The ICY VISION is quieter, cooler, and cheaper than most of the competition. In my opinion it is the perfect solution for a hot card. I give it a 4.5/5 with the breakdown as follows
Performance 5/5
Installation 4/5
Ease of use 4.5/5

Posted

Pros: Relaitvely cheap, fairly simple instructions, excellent cooling ability

Cons: Included heatsinks can be a pain to install, weight can make gpu overhang, loud fans at stock speed

This is a review for the Gelid Icy Vision rev2 GPU Cooler linked here - http://www.gelidsolutions.com/products/index.php?lid=1&cid=17&id=52

I bought this GPU cooler in September 13' for my KFA2 GTX 670 graphics card, which is built on a gtx 680 PCB.

The cooler was well packaged, and included the gpu cooler with 2x 92mm fans, numerous small and larger VRM and chipset heatsinks, a 4 pin fan header which is attached to a 3 pin fan header/molex connector, gpu core mounting bracket, numerous different sized screws.

The unit itself is fairly simple to install, and involves applying sticky tape to each RAM chip and VRM module on the PCB. Then you need to apply the aluminium heatsinks that are included. There are 3 different sized heatsinks included, a tall 2x1 heatsink (VRM), low profile 2x2 heatsink (RAM), and a 1x2 bridge shaped heatsink (VRM). The low profile heatsink is applied first and is used on the memory chips that surround the gpu core. Then you apply the taller and bridge shaped heatsinks to the VRM modules on on the PCB. I found it was easiest cutting out the shape of the heatsink and then applying the double sided stick tape to the aluminium heatsink, peeling off the other side and then sticking this down onto the pcb, as apposed to sticking to the pcb first then trying to remove the top side of the tape.

Once all the heatsinks are attached (with both sides of the sticky tape removed first!), you need to apply the mounting bracket to the gelid icy vision copper heatplate, which is secured with 4 screws and a special nut that has an opening in the top. Then you apply this to the PCB and secure the cooler with more screws at the rear of the pcb. Then apply some thermal paste and the cooler is ready to be installed.

The first thing that hits you once this cooler is installed and working is how loud the fans are. Unfortunately the fans do not run at anything other than 100% speed regardless of whether they are plugged into your motherboard or into the 4 pin fan header on your graphics card. I resorted to using an old scythe fan controller and plugged the 4 pin fan header into the included 4 pin to 3 pin cable, and then plugged that into my fan controller. At 1500RPM (stock fan speed is over 2000RPM), these fans are inaudible...even with my caseless setup. The temperature difference between loud fans at 2000RPM and silent fans at 1500RPM is literally 2C, which just shows how good this cooler is.

My temperature on the stock gtx 670 was around 63C at full load with the stock fan at 65%, which was too loud in my opinion.
With this new cooler the gpu now maxes out a 48C and the fans are inaudible.

If your looking for a cheap aftermarket cooler, and have a compatible graphics card, I highly recommend this cooler. Just make sure you have a fan controller to slow the stock fans down!

Note: From the Gelid website product description, this gpu cooler is compatible with the following graphics cards:

AMD™: HD4850, HD4870, HD4890, HD5830, HD5850, HD5870, HD6850, HD6870, HD6950*, HD6970*, HD7850 and 7870
Nvidia™: 9800GT, 9800GTX, GTS250, GTX260, 275, 280, 285, GTS450, GTX 460, GTX465, GTX470, GTX480, GTX550TI, GTX560TI, GTX570, GTX580, Quadro 4000, GTX680, GTX Titan, GTX770 (by using stand-off) and GTX 780

Thanks for reading!
GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-02 Ball VGA Cooler
Description:

Series: ICY Vision Compatibility: VGA Card Processor Heatsink Material: Premium Aluminum Fins & Pure Copper Base Features: 5 High Performance Power Heatpipes Premium Aluminum Fins & Pure Copper Base 2 x 92mm S-Shape Fans for 20% additional Air Flow Ball Bearing for Long Life Time CrossFire Package Contents: Heatsinks for Ram & VRM High Quality GC-2 Thermal Compound Case Fan cable to power supply or motherboard

Details:
DetailValue
ManufacturerGELID Solutions Ltd.
ConditionNew
Model NumberGC-VGA02-02
ClassificationVGA Cooling
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
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