ProlimaTech MK-13 Multi VGA Cooler ReviewRHKCommander959 - April 8, 2010
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To test the graphics card heatsinks I ran two batteries of tests: idle and load for the stock heatsink, Sapphire Vapor-X heatsink, and ProlimaTech MK-13 heatsink without a fan, with a single low CFM fan, single high CFM 38mm wide fan, and dual low CFM fans. Both the stock and Vapor-X heatsinks were left on auto for one iteration and then set for 100% fan speed on another to get the best case scenario possible for those heatsinks. Furmark was used to get the load numbers after a 15-minute run, between runs a cool down was allowed to let temperatures settle back down. GPU-z was used to monitor the temperatures.
- Processor: Intel Core I7 920 150x20
- Motherboard: MSI X58 Eclipse SLI
- Memory: Mushkin HP3 12800 7-7-7-20
- Video Card(s): ATI Radeon HD 5870
- Power Supply: Mushkin 800 watt Modular power supply
- Hard Drive: 1 x Seagate 1TB SATA
- Optical Drive: NEC DV5700
- OS: Windows Vista Ultimate Edition SP1 64-bit
- Case: Thermaltake Armor +
Passive cooling a 5870 was not possible with the MK-13 as once it hit 90C the card began throttling to keep it safe, once it hit 99C testing was aborted for safety since passive wouldn't work. With the addition of a single fan however, it handily beats the stock cooler running on automatic speed. With a larger 38mm width fan the temperatures were at their best and beat all other results. Dual low CFM 25mm fans performed 9C better than with just a single fan and edged out the Vapor-X on automatic speeds. At 100% both the Vapor-X and stock heatsink got similar scores. It is unfortunate that overclocking results weren't possible where real differences could possibly have been better observed.