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They put it up against The Accelero XTREME Plus and Zalman VF3000. Boredgunner has one of these and it's huge. They tested it with the Thermalright VRM-G2 for VRM cooling.
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Originally Posted by Toms' Hardware 
Thermalright's Shaman sails past the competition by a large margin when it comes to our thermal measurement. Simply put, the Shaman offers twice the performance of the stock cooler, and bests excellent aftermarket options by at least 10 degrees Celsius.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/aftermarket-vga-cooling-shaman,2797.html
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You can find a pic of Boredgunner's Shaman and VRM-G2 here http://www.overclock.net/computer-cases/437979-official-cooler-master-atcs-840-owners-307.html#post11821962
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I like the idea of this cooler. Seems to be heavy as hell, though.
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I read that review as well as some others on the Shaman. I do have a bit of trouble adjusting to the temperature-measuring system that Tom's is using now, where they report the "Delta vs Ambient". I still like to see an old-fashioned gpu temperature readout, period:confused:

The Shaman does very well, against some tough competition, particularly the Accelero and the Zalman. Even against their own Spitfire, in another review I saw.
Looks like it will provide some good competition to the others.
    
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Is this cooler not worth getting if you don't also get the vrm-g2? I have a gtx 580 and the vrm-g2 doesn't work with my card.
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A number of user reviews suggest the vrm cooling is sub-par, most likely due to no airflow over them and such a large distance from the vrm to the heatsink. Other coolers will have at least some air breezing over the vrms through the heatsink fins.

The tomshardware review is a joke tbh.
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Originally Posted by DerComissar;11866169 
I read that review as well as some others on the Shaman. I do have a bit of trouble adjusting to the temperature-measuring system that Tom's is using now, where they report the "Delta vs Ambient". I still like to see an old-fashioned gpu temperature readout, period:confused:

The Shaman does very well, against some tough competition, particularly the Accelero and the Zalman. Even against their own Spitfire, in another review I saw.
Looks like it will provide some good competition to the others.

Delta vs. Ambient is technically a better representation of performance. In the end, either way gets the point across.

EDIT: I want that. I can play music and keep load temps down, but there's no denying the 480 has a loud cooler...
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oooo nice.... 2 bad i run SLI... or i would look at this.... plus i already have AXP coolers
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Delta vs. Ambient is technically a better representation of performance. In the end, either way gets the point across.

EDIT: I want that. I can play music and keep load temps down, but there's no denying the 480 has a loud cooler...
Thanks for the explanation. It certainly it is a good way to compare cards and coolers.
I used to run my 480's stock fan at 75% minimum to keep the temps. down.,
100% for any serious benching like Furmark. Now, with a good aftermarket cooler, the temps. are way below what the stock cooler could accomplish at 100% fan speed. But to get rid of that stock noisy radial fan was a real bonus. Cooler running/less noise. Well worth changing out the stock cooler for that.
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oooo nice.... 2 bad i run SLI... or i would look at this.... plus i already have AXP coolers

Well, ya got two AXP's already so I certainly wouldn't be concerned about changing them. They are good coolers and work well in sli.
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A number of user reviews suggest the vrm cooling is sub-par, most likely due to no airflow over them and such a large distance from the vrm to the heatsink. Other coolers will have at least some air breezing over the vrms through the heatsink fins.

The tomshardware review is a joke tbh.

Thermalright has stated elsewhere, and even told me directly in email, that the vrms of the gtx 580 don't need to be cooled as carefully. I don't know how true that is, however. I want one of these, but the uncertainty of vrm cooling and whether or not the cooler will engulf my sata ports is holding me back.
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Hi,

..I was bored, and I did not intend to upgrade, so I took a TR VRM G2 for vrm of my 580 (which is already equipped with accelero xtreme) biggrin.gif

officially is only compatible for the 480, but it fits very easily even at 580 ..

unlike many aftermarket solutions to cooling the vrm (see the classics TR or Arctic heatsinks with bi-adhesive thermal pad or thermal glue), the VRM G2 is designed to dissipate even the little six vrm ( photo ) ..
on the base of VRM G2 there are these 3 holes ( photo ) that serve to make space for 3 small components of vrm that are taller than the vrm chips ( photo ) .. in fact also the base of the reference plate on vrm has 3 small holes in the same position ( photo ) precisely for those 3 components ..

there is only one thing I did not understand ..

what is the purpose or utility of this little 'step'? ( Photo1 - photo2 )

the whole area of the base on that step, rests on the six little vrm little .. and assembling all, and observing carefully in profile it is seen that this step that creates a minimum difference, and the pressure of cooler on vrm is not homogeneous .. ie on the middle row of vrm ( photo ) the pressure is less than the others vrm .. which can be checked by mounting all, doing pressure, disassembling, and observing the shape of the vrm that remains engraved on the thermal pad .. the shape of the central row of vrm (ie the same marked in the previous picture) is visibly less marked than that of the two rows 'external' ..

even if there is a minimum of pressure even on those vrm .. This is because the empty space created by the 'step' on the base of TR VRM G2, is filled by the thermal pad .. instead trying to mount all without pad, I can see that the middle row of vrm almost has no contact with cooler ..

to better understand I have also observed the reference dissipating plate .. and the area of ​​contact of small vrm is the same height as that of the other vrm ( photo ) .. then the base is completely flat, and there is no 'step' as well as for the TR VRM G2 .. and I think also with 480 that situation is the same ..
so, the TR VRM G2 is designed to be so .. and works the same way on both with 480 that with 580 .. but I can not understand why there is this 'step' on the base of TR VRM G2, and it seems to be only counterproductive .. although not a real impediment, it give a little discomfort

I was thinking .. and if I did a lapping on base of TR VRM G2?? also because I intended to put a pad Phobya XT 0.5mm ... the bundle pad is 1mm ..

opinions?
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