Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer REV .2 Review
Admin - 2007-02-09 23:27:15 in VGA CoolingCategory: VGA Cooling
Reviewed by: Admin
Reviewed on: March 5, 2004
: Arctic Cooling
: Quiet PC
Price: $22 USD
Today we will be looking at the arctic-cooling VGA silencer REV .2. The second revision brings along more compatibility for ATI cards. With a redesigned base the VGA silencer is now compatible with ATI’s AIW series. Today’s modern video cards dissipate a lot of heat, and if you’re a overclocker the stock cooler on some of today’s video cards are lacking in the cooling department. Marketed toward ATI’s line of cards the VGA silencer brings some similar features found on Nvidia’s FX cooling solution. The VGA silencer takes some of its design cues from the outside exhaust systems of the FX 5800, 5950. this is a great feature and the only aftermarket cooler on the market with this option for ATI cards. Let’s take a closer look
|Dimensions||185 x 84 x 34 mm|
|Compatibility||ATI 9500, 9700, 9800, nVidia Geforce 3 GTS|
|Fan Speeds||1200 / 2400 RPM|
According to arctic-cooling the VGA silencer is incompatible with the 9600, 9800XT and Geforce 4 and FX cards. They are working on future revisions to support the 9600 and 9800XT.
Arctic cooling did a top notch job on the instructions. Some modification is required for installation of the VGA silencer, but the clear pictures and detailed instructions make installation a breeze.
We will be comparing the VGA silencer against another low noise VGA cooler the Zalman ZM80A-HP. AS5 thermal compound was used on both coolers. All testing was done in a Chieftec server tower with an 80mm fan on the side panel blowing directly over the AGP card. For temperature and overclocking results 3DMark03 was run looped for 30 minutes before temperatures were recorded. Lacking any hardware monitoring features I placed a thermal probe on the PCB behind the GPU.
With the fan on high the VGA silencer showed some impressive results. On the lowest setting we see the Zalman having slightly better results over the VGA silencer.
Short of water cooling this has to be the best VGA cooler on the market for ATI cards. The ability to exhaust the hot air from the GPU to the outside of the case is a first for ATI based cards. Even on the highest setting the fan still remained relatively quiet, and on low it was nearly inaudible. Overclocking results were surprising as I wasn’t expecting any increase in speed. The VGA Silencer is very competitively priced compared to the competition, and if your looking to upgrade from the stock ATI cooler I highly suggest you look at the VGA silencer.
- Fan Speed Control
- Gap between PCI Bracket