Cooler Master CoolViva Pro Vga CoolerFormer staff writer - April 17, 2007
I tested this cooler by letting my computer idle for 15 minutes and recording the temperature from within the Nvidia control panel. I then ran a game (in this case, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.) for 30 minutes to warm things up a bit, and Alt/tabbed my way back to the desktop and rechecked the temperature. I did this at the stock timings for my card of 580 MHz on the core and 1450 MHz on the memory. Then I repeated it with timings of 630 MHz on the core and 1600 MHz on the memory. These temperature readings were then compared to the readings I took earlier with my stock cooler at the same settings. For the record, the ambient temperature was 25° C during these tests.
- Intel Conroe 6700 at 3.4 GHz
- Asus P5W-DH Deluxe
- OCZ EL DDR2-1000 Platinum XTC 4-5-4-15 (2 x 1 GB)
- BFG GdForce 7600 gt oc
- OCZ GameXtreme 600 watt psu
- Western Digital 250 GB SATA
- Lite-on DVDRW LH-20A1P
- Windows XP Pro SP2
Here you will see the results of my endeavors to see what this cooler can do for my card. The temperature readings will be in degrees Celsius.
Well, well, it looks like a few hard knocks might be good for us after all. This cooler, even with its rough install routine, turned out to be a pretty decent performer.