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Thermalright Shaman 8 Heatpipe VGA Cooler Unboxing and Review

Introduction
There are many good VGA coolers on the market, however none of them feature 8 heatpipes or the compatibility of running a 140mm fan. That is why the Shaman has been labeled the "world's first" in both of those categories. This cooler also fits a large array of video cards. I find this to be a plus not only now but in the future. Since there is a better chance it would fit a newer card. I love the way Thermalright packages there products in simple brown boxes with lots of foam for protection. Some may say this is not as "green" and while that might be true. I wouldn't want to take a chance of damaging such a nice and expensive cooler. Now lets take a closer look:


Product Features

World’s First VGA cooler that supports the compatibility of a 140mm fan

World’s First VGA cooler with 8 heatpipes

Features dissipating area of 140mm x 130mm

Improved installation methods, provides easy mounting and gives better overall compatibility

Supports either 120mm or 140mm cooling fans

Includes one Thermalright TY-140 PWM fan, 21 dBA @ Max RPM

Multiple support back-plate, to provide the best protection for your GPU.

Mirrored Copper base, with quality craftsmanship.

Technical Specifications

Heatsink
Dimensions- L 160mm × W 132mm× H 38mm
Weight: 500g (Excluding fan and Mounting brackets)
Heatpipes: 8x 6mm sintered copper heatpipe
Copper Base: C1100 Pure copper nickel plated with mirror shine
Construction- Nickel-plated Copper Cooling Block Aluminum Heat pipes and Cooling Fins



Cooling Fan
Dimension- L 160mm x H 140mm x W 26.5mm
Color- Gun metal blue blades and olive frame
Fan speed- 900~1300RPM (PWM)
Noise- 19~21dBA
Airflow- 56~73CFM
Power Cable- Black Sleeved 4 Pin PWM Connector(approx 10 inches)
Duty cycle= 100% MAX 2.40 W / MAX. 0.20 Amp
Duty cycle= 0%~30% MAX.1.20 W / MAX. 0.10Amp
Note:The TY-140 utilizes a hydrostatic bearing which is self-lubricating and performs properly in any mounting orientation. Static pressure is not officially listed, but reviews have shown it to be around 1.9 mmH20 at full speed.



Video Card Compatibility
Radeon 3870/48xx/58xx
GeForce 250/9800GTX
GeForce GTX 200 series
GeForce GTX 480/8800
GeForce GTX 460
Radeon 6950/6970
GeForce GTX 570/580
Note: VRM G2 for GTX 480 and VRM R4 for HD 5870 are compatible with the Shaman



Packaging and Accessories


Plain brown box with Thermalright logo, Shaman branding, and website info






Here is the included TY-140 Fan






Close up of the Thermalright Shaman 8 heatpipe VGA cooler


Top side


Nickel plated copper base with mirror finish


Impressive 8 x 6mm heatpipe arrangement


High quality soldering and nice heatpipe end caps


Running passive would net a killer low profile heatsink less then 1.5-inches at tallest point








Instructions, exploded view, and package assembly list







Thermalright Shaman Heatsink
12x aluminum heatsinks for the memory chips
6x aluminum heatsinks for voltage regulator components
Note: VRM G2 for GTX 480 and VRM R4 for HD 5870 are compatible VRM coolers
4x low-profile aluminum heatsinks for the memory chips
1x Universal backplate
Set of screws, threaded mounts and screw-nuts
2x wire clips for the fan
4x silicon strips with one sticky side for attaching the fan
Thermalright Chill Factor 3 thermal compound
Installation manual, list of included accessories, case badge

TY-140 Cooling Fan Installation

















Edited by Rick Arter - 1/18/11 at 9:33pm
    
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Test System

CPU- E4500 @ 3.0GHz 1.425v
MB- BIOSTAR T-Power i45
RAM- 2x1GB Corsair DDR2-800
GPU- Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic Edition
PSU- Corsair TX750 750W
Case- Personal Built Custom Tech Station







Operating System and Software

OS: Windows Vista x64
DX Version: DX11
Driver Version: Forceware 260.99
Temp Monitoring: HW Monitor/MSI Afterburner 2.0.0
Clock/Voltage Control: MSI Afterburner 2.0.0

Benchmark Configuration and Settings

Idle: Windows Environment ~1-2% GPU usage 30 min

Test 1: F@H GPU3 Client(FahCore_15 1348pts WU) 60 min pass

Test 2: Unique Heaven v2.1 Benchmark 5 passes


Test 3: Furmark v1.6.5 Stability Test- 1680x1050, 2xMSAA 15 min run



Video Card Fan Speed: Idle @ 45%(AUTO) Load @ 100%(Manual)
Video Card Clock and Voltage Settings: 700/1400/1800 @ 0.987v

Temperature Results

Ambient Temp: 25c

Palit Reference Cooler
Factory TIM used

Idle:
30c
Test 1
: 69c
Test 2: 73c
Test 3: 82c


Palit GTX 460 1GB Sonic+Thermalright Shaman Cooler
= Compatibility Issue!


Conclusion
The Shaman is by far one of the greatest and most powerful VGA coolers ever created. However there are a few downsides to owning such a powerful cooler with 8 heatpipes. The size of this unit entails having minimum clearance between your die and the IO area. As on the Palit/Gainward GTX 460 non-reference cards, not only are the cards shorter but they have stacked DVI plugs so heatpipes hit them. I hope here in the near future I can get another card or test on a friends card to see actual performance gains and temp drops.

Final Rating: 4.5/5
I would like to thank themalright.com for providing this sample for testing and review purposes.

Edited by Rick Arter - 2/2/11 at 8:19am
    
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thanks for sharing +rep,
so no temp tests yet? it would be interesting to see some graphs?
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thanks for sharing +rep,
so no temp tests yet? it would be interesting to see some graphs?
Working on temp tests tomorrow morning. Should have this completed by end of day tomorrow hopefully. Thanks man trying to make it informative and accurate.
    
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