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Sytrin KuFormula VF1 GPU Cooler Review

Former staff writer    -   May 11, 2006


Closer Look







 

Also packaged is a separate PCI bracket that has a very unique angled fan mount on it. The cylindrical fan mounts onto this separate PCI bracket and is installed next to the video card, so that the fan is blowing down and across the heat sink (see open fins on top of heat sink).

 

Along with a small set of what looked to be copper ram sinks (8), the mounting hardware for this cooler is supposed to be universal, and fits 'most' video cards that are currently out on the market. To achieve this, Sytrin packages a modular mounting system. All you have to do is change the supplied mounting brackets and you will be able to mount this cooler onto a different card. Now whether or not this will all come together as a usable, functional VGA cooler we are about to find out.


Installation
After preparing my work surface, removing the test card (Gigabyte 6600GT PCI-E) from the computer, and getting all of my tools laid out, I picked up the instructions and gave them a quick read. I found them to be VERY, and I mean very, well written. If only other companies could follow suit and write instructions like these."

I removed the stock cooling from my 6600GT and cleaned off the stock thermal pad with some nail polish remover. Referring back to the provided instructions, I proceeded to install the correct mounting hardware on the back of the cooler so that I could affix this to my card. The brackets were easily installed with two screws (one per side). I then applied some of the supplied thermal compound (looked like generic white goop), and fastened down the cooler.



 


I found it was easiest to install the cooler on the table with the pins facing up, and then dropping the card down over top, securing with the washers and spring loaded screws. I noticed after screwing down the cooler that it does not have a very large contact area; this gave it a slightly loose feel. When given slight pressure on one side of the heat sink, it would become off balanced and the copper base would lose contact with the core. I thought that this issue was with me not securing it down enough, and so proceeded to tighten the screws down all the way but the issue still persisted. Now whether the cooler is designed to mount this way or not, it left me feeling a little anxious about my card. Next step was to assemble the PCI fan bracket.

 


This step was clearly depicted in the manual and went together in a few short minutes. One issue that arose during putting this PCI bracket together was that its mounting method in the case would have it in direct contact with both the video card and the chassis itself. There was no silicon or rubber mounting grommets, so vibrations may be an issue.

 


After everything was put together and double checked, I proceeded to install the video card back into my computer. I then installed the PCI fan, which when installed mounts directly over the heat sink on the video card and holds down the video card’s PCI bracket underneath its own. Plugged the fan into a molex connector, double checked everything again, and then proceeded to boot up the computer.

 


 





  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued) & Installation
  3. Testing & Conclusion
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