Cooler Master CoolViva Pro Vga CoolerFormer staff writer - April 17, 2007
While I was rather enthusiastic in getting this cooler installed, I was disappointed at the confusing instructions. With Cooler Master being headquartered in Taiwan, was it a language translation error? I highly doubt it. I seems more likely that there was some confusion somewhere as to which hole pattern matched which card.
In the end, it is quite obvious that this cooler does what it was intended to do, that being to cool your video card so you can overclock it to gain both core and memory speed increases. With the increased cooling, I am sure that my video card will stay overclocked for a long time to come and not suffer any ill effects from it due to additional heat generated.
One thing I have to add here is that I need to elaborate on how quiet this fan is. I have five case fans in my computer, three are drawing air in, and two are expelling air. On top of this, my power supply has two fans in it pushing air out of my case and my CPU cooler has a fan in it. When I started my computer, it made quite a bit of noise with what I thought were all those fans spinning up. Now when I start up, with this CoolViva installed, I find myself looking through the clear side panel of my case to see if it is indeed starting up. It is that much quieter! And, it must have been my graphics card fan making all that noise before and I never gave it a thought. What an amazing job of quieting my computer down. This would be ideal for someone making an HTPC for their living room or bedroom.
Cooler Master has made a great product here. It does an amazing job of keeping my overclocked card cool, and does it with ease. Now if they can just sort out the errors on the instructions, and maybe add a two pin fan connector to the included wiring harness (if for no other reason than to eliminate the long run of wires up to my power supply which are hard to hide in a tidied-up case). Doing this also make the install process a lot easier. Overall, I'm definitely pleased with cooler & would recommend it to anyone looking for a good, quiet cooling solution.
- Compatible with both ATI and Nvidia cards
- Does a great job of cooling
- Quiet fan
- Pure copper base
- 3 heat pipes
- Ducted cooling
- Memory heat sinks included
- RoHS compliant
- Instructions suck
- Fan connections not universal
- Takes up more space in your case
- Some memory chips end up with no heat sinks on them