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ZEROtherm Hurricane HC92 Cu 8800 VGA Cooler Review

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I will be testing the capabilities of the Hurricane HC92 Cu by load testing it with 3DMark06. The test I will perform is to loop the full test three times and show the results at the end of the run. This cooler has three separate modes that it can be used in. Standard, which includes the shroud around the heatsink fan, Performance mode is run with the removal of the shroud, and Silent mode has the fan and shroud removed. I will be testing the cooler and show how well it performed against the stock cooler. Temperatures will be monitored using Rivatuner version 2.03. The EVGA stock heatsink fan is controlled by Rivatuner and set to 40% fan speed for the low speed testing and to 100% for the high speed tests. To check case temperature, I will use my Kestral 4100 Airflow tracker in lieu of the onboard monitoring software included with the motherboard. This way I will have a real world case temperature rather than a calculation from the onboard monitor. All measurements will be in degrees Celsius. The testbed system is as follows.

Testing Setup

  • Processor: Intel E6750 Core 2 Duo 333x8
  • Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-P31-DS3L
  • Ram:Mushkin XP2 9200
  • Video Card:  EVGA 8800GTS 640mb
  • Power Supply: Ultra X3 Modular 1000 watt
  • Hard Drive: 2x250gb Western digital
  • Optical Drive: Samsung DVD-DL writer
  • Operating System: Windows XP SP2



Lower is Better


Lower is Better


Lower is Better


The Hurricane does perform slightly better under load than the stock heatsink does when used in standard mode. When the shroud is removed, the results were better than the stock cooler by five degrees Celsius. A pretty big gain if you ask me. Case temperature was not really as big of an issue as I thought it was going to be. With results within 1.5 degrees Celsius, it was a non issue for me. My case is better ventilated than most, but if low speed fans and poor airflow are already an issue, then this cooler may compound the issue.

  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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