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Cooler Master CoolViva Pro Vga Cooler

Former staff writer    -   April 17, 2007


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Installation:

In step 5, I am supposed to align the studs in the cooler “B” clips with the holes in my card. What? They don’t line up!! Now, how is that supposed to work? And what’s up with the cooler and the memory heat sinks colliding with each other? There is no way this is going to work!! And then, there’s the foam tape cushion. It's not properly lined up with the raised contact surface on the bottom of the new cooler. Man, oh man. What a disaster! And I still have 4 steps to go!


Well, it’s obvious I can’t go forward from here. I have to go back and try something different. For one, I had to remove the two memory heat sinks that were in the way for sure. That is quite counter-productive, don’t you think? With the heat sinks removed from the memory chips, it will not be possible to overclock the memory as high as if they had coolers on them. Secondly, I took the foam tape off the vga card and applied it to the cooler instead, making sure it was around the raised surface that made contact with my vga chip. And finally, after several trial and errors, I discovered that I had to reinstall the “A” clips with 4 studs to get anything to line up with the holes in my card. Once I had all of that sorted out, it was a matter of placing the insulating washers over the studs as they protruded through my card, and then securing the cooler on with the included spring nuts. Now you see why I said earlier that the instructions were useless. Well, unless you run out of paper in the outhouse.

 


Last but not least, I need to connect the power lead of the coolers fan to my card. Well, guess what? It does not fit either. My cards original fan has a 2 pin connection and the new cooler’s fan uses a 3 pin or 4 pin connection. At least there is a solution included for just such a case in the form of a 4 pin to MOLEX connector which can be connected to the power supply 12 volt lead. This, however, creates another problem in the fact that the fan will now not run at variable speeds. You are stuck at one speed. At least the fan is quiet as advertised.

 


Well, can you tell I did not find this to be an enjoyable experience?


Specifications:

Overall Dimensions
178.5 x 130 x 41mm
Heat sink Material
Aluminum fin and copper base
Heat sink Dimensions
145 x 112 x 38 mm
Weight
320 g
Fan Dimensions
74 x 74 x 22.5 mm
Bearing Type
2 Ball Bearing
Fan Speed
700~1800 ± 10% R.P.M.
Noise
20 dBA
Rated Voltage
12 V
Dimensions
13 x 12 x 8.88 mm
Material
Aluminum


Features:

  • Universal clip design for ATI/ Nvidia cards
  • Copper base with 3 heat pipes provides superior cooling performance
  • Unique fan design helps draw cool air from both top and bottom inlets cooling MOSFET and Memory
  • Ventilated PCI-bracket design helps direct hot airflow out of the chassis
  • Silent operation at only 20 dBA
  • 8 memory heat sinks included
  • RoHS compliance for protecting the environment



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation and Specifications
  3. Installation and Specifications Continued
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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