Vizo Propeller System Cooler ReviewPropane - April 25, 2008
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While increasing the cooling capacity of your computer is a very important thing to do, the Vizo Propeller is not a one size fits all solution. The expansion slot type of cooling fan has been around for quite a while. Is the Vizo Propeller an improvement over the many that have come before it? Well it does the same thing but it blows out instead of bringing in cool air to cool a component. The Propeller does provide a small benefit by increasing air flow through a part of the case that rarely is ventilated properly. At stock loads there is no benefit to the Propeller. Measured with the IR thermometer the outside of the card was slightly warmer with the Propeller than without it. The Load testing had mixed results. The front of the card was warmer while the temperature of the rear of the video card decreased. Monitoring the GPU temperatures in ntune showed a decease of 2 degrees Celsius. While small, there is a benefit and temperature decrease with the use of the Propeller during heavy GPU usage. While it does allow a fan to be placed in your case where a traditional fan might not, a well ventilated case may not see a decrease in expansion card operating temperatures. Pushing only 5.3 CFM there is not a whole lot of airflow there fore cooling improvement to be had. In the cases that the vast majority of the non high performance computing crowd uses the benefit could very well make the Vizo propeller a worthwhile investment.
- Allows access to hard to reach areas
- Molex only power connector
- Not a lot of airflow