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Sytrin KuFormula VF1 GPU Cooler Review

Former staff writer    -   May 11, 2006


Specifications
Following specifications of the dual heat piped cooling module.

Dimensions 106 x 88 x 33mm
Weight 242g
Material Aluminum + Copper
Heat Pipe Dual Heat Pipes

Specifications of Cross-Flow fan module.

Dimension 124 x 55 x 51mm
Speed 1550 / 2400 / 3150 RPM
Noise 24 / 28 / 32 dBA

Compatibility

The following cards are compatible; the two exceptions are the BFG 7800 GS AGP and the Asus A9600GE cards.

Nvidia Geforce MX Series
Geforce Ti4xxx Series
Geforce FXxxxx Series
Geforce 6200 Series
Geforce 6600 Series
Geforce 6800 Series
Geforce 7600GT
Geforce 7800 Series
ATI Radeon 9xxx Series
Radeon Xxx Series
Radeon 1xxx Series


Testing
The following machine was used as a testing rig for this cooler.

  • AMD 3700 +
  • DFI SLI-DR
  • Mushkin Redline 2 x 1 GB
  • 2 x 250 GB Seagate HDD's
  • Gigabyte 6600GT
  • Enermax Noisetaker 600Watt
  • Antec Sonata 2

Coming into this testing phase I was very excited as I had the cooler set on the lowest speed, and there was no noise whatsoever over other system noise. For testing, the temps were achieved by letting Windows idle for 10 minutes on the desktop for each of the three speed settings on the fan. Load temps were achieved by running 3DMark03 for 30 minutes. Also the card was run passively (no fan) and that temperature was achieved via the same method. All Temperatures were obtained with the latest copy of NVIDIA NVMonitor, which is part of the Ntune suite of tools. This was all on top of a fresh copy of Windows XP Professional SP2.

The lower the number the better (*C). This cooler actually chopped a lot off the temps; it also seems that the medium fan setting is the best for sound/performance ratio. When ramped up to full speed there is a lot of vibration transferred into the case, thus resulting in noise. However, there were also some noticeable vibrations when using the medium setting as well. I feel that the fan could have been mounted on some form of rubber or silicon grommet so that the vibrations could have been greatly reduced. This vibration was noticeable by placing one's hand on the case. If you do not mind the slight vibration then this is a great cooler.


Conclusion
For being a newcomer in the North American VGA cooling scene, Sytrin is definitely going to become one of the major contenders. As we have seen with this KuFormula VF1 Plus they are definitely taking the steps to ensure that they remain a strong power when it comes to cooling and performance. If you are looking for a cooler that gives you a great noise/performance ratio, then this is most defiantly the cooler for you.

Pros

  • Near silent
  • Efficient operation
  • Ability to run passively
  • Well constructed

Cons

  • Vibrations on higher fan settings
  • Short power cord



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