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All the good names are here, AeroCool Double Power, Thermaltake DuOrb, Zalman VF1000 LED and the AC Accelero S1 with Turbo module.

Tested on 8800GTS 512MB and Radeon HD3870, so if you're in the market for one of these cards this test may interest you.

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The stock cooling solution is running @ ~910rpm, is that considered 100% fan utilization? Sorry I'm not that well versed when it comes to the 8800gts stock cooling.

-EDIT- Fusion Racing:

You're right, I completely missed it... I saw the first low entry and didn't even spot the second high speed . Though it kind of goes to prove what I was hinting at, which is how useless an aftermarket air cooling solution is, save for the noise reduction. Though if one really desired superior thermals and acoustics they'd WC their rig.
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Originally Posted by dragosmp View Post
All the good names are here, AeroCool Double Power, Thermaltake DuOrb, Zalman VF1000 LED and the AC Accelero S1 with Turbo module.

Tested on 8800GTS 512MB and Radeon HD3870, so if you're in the market for one of these cards this test may interest you.

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As overpriced as I believe them to be, there should be Thermalright products tested before you can argue that all the good names are present.

Good read, though.
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Originally Posted by MasterKromm View Post
The stock cooling solution is running @ ~910rpm, is that considered 100% fan utilization? Sorry I'm not that well versed when it comes to the 8800gts stock cooling.

-EDIT-

Well I wonder why they didn't include thermals w/ the stock cooling @ ~1660RPM??? Actually I'm fairly certain I know the answer .
yeh, my GTS is on 55% fan speed... and its doing 914rpm... so it clearly isn't 100% fan speed

good review to read though, good to know how good the coolers are

Edit: masterkromm... they did include the temps with the stock cooler at max speed... just read it more carefully
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yeh, my GTS is on 55% fan speed... and its doing 914rpm... so it clearly isn't 100% fan speed

good review to read though, good to know how good the coolers are
What are you using to measure fan speed? I know ATITool has issues with some cards and I am not sure about RivaTuner.
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really surprised there's no Thermalright products being tested. I'm also surprised they didn't do any passive testing with the Accelero, I know users who are cooling their HD3870 passively with the S1. I was even able to passively cool it with the HR-03, granted, it removes any overclocking possibilities.
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What are you using to measure fan speed? I know ATITool has issues with some cards and I am not sure about RivaTuner.
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Ok the temps for the 2900Xt they were getting are outragous!!!

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First of all I would like to make a short introduction. We initially intended to test these cooling solutions not only on Radeon HD 3870 and GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, but also on the hottest contemporary graphics accelerator – Radeon HD 2900 XT. And we have even got our hands on the corresponding solution from PowerColor. However, these tests never took place. AeroCool Double Power and Thermaltake DuOrb coolers failed to cool this graphics chip even at its nominal speed. GPU temperature got past 110ºC very quickly and then the notorious VPU Recover kicked in. Zalman VF1000 LED fought bravely until the end, but even at the maximum rotation speed of its fan the chip temperature remained at 98ºC, the system temperature around it was at 82ºC and the voltage regulator temperature hit 116ºC! However, the reference Radeon HD 2900 XT cooling solution managed to ensure much better results of 92ºC, 79ºC and 96ºC respectively, although it did howl vigorously.
Now I know they dont run very cool but those temps are way to high even a stock speeds. Both of mine idle right under 70C. Also a system temp of 82C, someone needs some schooling on thermal design for a PC case...
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Ok the temps for the 2900Xt they were getting are outragous!!!

Now I know they dont run very cool but those temps are way to high even a stock speeds. Both of mine idle right under 70C. Also a system temp of 82C, someone needs some schooling on thermal design for a PC case...
It probably has something to do with the 3.8GHz C2D6750 @1.65V and the DDR1100 which can spit enough heat to warm a case a few degrees.

For me the major point of this review is that they've shown most of the VGA coolers, with the notable exception of the HR-03+ and the Accelero S1 won despite being the cheapest. This type of coolers come well for 8800GT and 3850 mostly, cevause stock single slot cooling on these cards are quite...lame - they totally sacrifice cooling performance to get some less noise.
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