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[TPU] PowerColor HD 6950 Vortex II 2 GB Review

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PowerColor's HD 6950 Vortex II introduces a new and innovative thermal solution. Several technical innovations in the cooler make it a much better heatsink than the reference design. Everything is improved - the HD 6950 Vortex cooler runs quieter and cooler than the reference design, even though it comes overclocked out of the box, and hence puts additional heat load on the cooling system. PowerColor also uses an adjustable fan feature on the Vortex II, which enables the user to increase the distance between fan and heatsink. According to PowerColor this promises better temperatures and less noise. In our testing the differences were too small to be of any significance, without measuring equipment there is absolutely no difference between both fan configurations. Even though this single feature did not turn out to be a game changer, performance of the cooler overall is very good and definitely better than the reference design. During testing I noticed a small flaw in the mounting system design which results in reduced mounting pressure, causing increased temperatures. PowerColor is already aware of the issue and expects it to be fixed in retail boards.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E5400 @ 3.5 stock volts Msi g31 (no voltage control) Gtx 460 Hawk (Talons attack) 2g Ddr2 @ 651 
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The bottleneck
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
E5400 @ 3.5 stock volts Msi g31 (no voltage control) Gtx 460 Hawk (Talons attack) 2g Ddr2 @ 651 
Hard DriveOS
250 WD Win 7 64-bit Ultimate 
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Too bad I'm no fan of PowerColor. Try an RMA with 'em.
 
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ThinkPad W510
(12 items)
 
The Arkbird
(14 items)
 
CPUGraphicsRAMHard Drive
i7 3840QM Quadro K2000M 4x8gb Intel 525 Series 240gb mSATA 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Tray-load DVD Factory Windows 7 Pro 1080P "Ultrasharp" panel 
KeyboardPowerCase
Integrated Big 'ol brick M4700 chassis 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 820QM 4318-CTO Quadro FX 880M 4x4gb 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
X-25M G2 DVD Stock Arch x64 
MonitorKeyboardPowerMouse
1080P touch screen IPS Clicky Brick Adapter UltraNav 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
4x Xeon E7440s HP DL580 G3 Motherboard Rev. 1.1 ATi Rage XL Samsung ECC DDR2 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
15K HP Ultra320 SCSI DVD Burner Bare Heatsinks + Chassis Airflow The Ever-Changing Distro... 
MonitorPowerCase
Only For Diagnostics.. 2x1300w (Redundant, Delta OEM) HP 4U Rackmount 
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