Cooler Master CoolViva Pro Vga CoolerFormer staff writer - April 17, 2007
Category: VGA Cooling
Whack! “Thank you ma’am, may I have another?” Whack! “Thank you ma’am, may I have another?” Whack!
Yes, it goes something like that. You are punished for your actions, and then you continue onward with your project only to be punished again and again. Believe me, it was a struggle to maintain my composure throughout this task. By now, you must be wondering what in the world I am talking about.
I am talking about my experience with the CoolViva Pro which is a replacement cooler/fan combo for your graphics card. This cooler replacement is made by Cooler Master. It uses a pure copper base and heat pipe technology to pass the heat generated by your graphics chip to an array of aluminum fins which has air blowing over them by the included fan.
Who is Cooler Master? Over the many years I have had playing with computers, I have heard of Cooler Master many times. They are the manufacturer of many different types of cooling solutions. Let’s see what they have to say about themselves.
” Cooler Master was founded with the mission of providing the industry’s best thermal solutions. Cooler Master’s current business encompasses a comprehensive lineup of thermal solutions for a full range of applications. Its products range from heat sinks and fans to component housing, chassis, and ducting for computers, industrial machinery, telecommunications equipment, and many other devices. The three cornerstones of Cooler Master’s business philosophy are innovation, speed, and customer satisfaction. Cooler Master has built up elite R&D teams composed of outstanding engineers, many with advanced degrees, and including thermal, mechanical and materials engineers to provide specialized expertise in each of these fields. These superb teams take advantage of a sophisticated design process workflow that ensures efficiency and provides scope for innovations that are reflected in real-world enhancements. Strict process controls ensure maximum efficiency and quality at each step, beginning with thermal simulations, and proceeding to mechanical design, evaluation of mock-up samples, and on to experimental production runs, process testing, thermal and reliability testing, and finally pilot runs and mass production.”
Well, someone must of had the day off, because what I experienced doesn’t seem to be what they had in mind. Mind you, the end result was great; it’s just that the journey there was not.
It looks innocent enough in the package, tucked into the plastic shell with its sleek lines and unique fan just crying out to be released and it's paper insert showcasing its name and manufacturer. Even on the reverse side, where you find the list of features and specifications, there seems to be nothing menacing about it. Oh, but wait!
Inside the package, we have a whole assortment of goodies. The cooler itself which has a pure copper base with 3 heat pipes with aluminum-finned heat sink, two extra mounting brackets (clips), four studs, four spring nuts, four insulating cushions, eight memory heat sinks, one power adapter, one vented-PCI bracket, one tube of thermal grease, one foam insulating pad, and the worthless instruction manual.
The design of the cooler is quite interesting as it is covered with a plastic shroud that acts as a duct for directing the air flow into and out of the cooler. This draws cool air into the cooler over the MOSFETS and memory chips on the card and directs the hot air out the back of the chassis through the included vented PCI bracket which you mount in your case beside the video card.