SilenX IXG-80HA2 ReviewRA1D - January 15, 2009
Category: VGA Cooling
Price: $59.95 (Add $24.95 for fan kit)
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Since 1995, SilenX Corporation has provided high performance, low noise products for those who find the sound coming from their computers unacceptable. It started as a hobby for a group of engineering students in search of quiet computing and eventually turned into an obsession. SilenX products found their way into recording studios and sound labs throughout the world, but soon the demand from the PC market grew strong enough that the company decided to expand its product line. Orignally a high end systems integrator for silent computers, SilenX shifted its focus to manufacturing PC components in 2002 and established factories in the US, China, and Taiwan.
Today I'll be testing out the IXG-80HA2 GPU cooler along with the optional fan kit designed specifically for it. SilenX claims the IXG-80HA2 to be "the biggest, most powerful graphics card cooler on the market". To put that claim to the test, I'll install the cooler onto an HD4850 video card and throw it on the test bench to find out how it performs both passively and with fans installed. Read on to find out if this product can live up to the hype.
The IXG-80HA2 comes in a sleek cardboard box sporting a red and black theme. You can see the heatsink through the clear plastic window on the front of the packaging. With no fans, the cooler is a noiseless cooling option and meets its 0 dBA claims. Turn over the the box and you'll find a smaller window that displays the heatpipes of the cooler. Also, you'll find a list of compatible video cards here.
The Silent Fan Kit comes in a plastic enclosure that is transparent so that you can see everything included. The packaging lists the fan specifications and compatibility.
The cooler comes with a small bundle that includes installation instructions, various heatsinks, mounting screws, washers, and thermal paste. I found the instructions easy to follow with clear diagrams. Keep in mind that you will not use everything included in the bundle as some parts are made for specific video cards.
Here you see the aluminum heatsinks included in the bundle. The two larger heatsinks are designed for use with Nvidia reference design video cards, specifically the GTX 8800, GTX 9800, and GTX 260/280. The 14 smaller heatsinks are used to cool memory chips found on the card.
The bundle also includes different bolts and washers in order to remain compatible with several different video cards. You have an assortment of thermal pads and o-rings to aid you with the installation process.