ZEROtherm Hurricane HC92 Cu 8800 VGA Cooler Reviewccokeman -
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Was I surprised by the performance of this cooler? Not at all! After reviewing a previous release, I had high hopes that the Hurricane would repeat the performance of the previous cooler. Did it, you ask? It certainly did. What this cooler did was beat the stock heatsink hands down. The case temperatures were actually going to be my greatest concern going into this review since the cooler exhausts the hot air into the case. I found it to be a non issue with a rise in case temperature of only 1.5 degrees Celsius. Low fan speed testing revealed the stock heatsink to be four degrees Celsius better than the Hurricane in standard mode. Once the testing was done in performance mode, the Hurricane bested the stock heatsink by six degrees Celsius. and that was at a low fan speed setting. When ramping up the fan speed to the maximum, the Hurricane came out on top again with a difference of two degrees Celsius. Performance mode again did even better with a temperature difference of five degrees Celsius. Improvement all around where it counted. The documentation included with the cooler shows a noise level of 41dBA for the fan when in high speed mode. 41dBA is actually very noticeable if you have low speed fans in your case. I am a member of the club that has five high speed fans pushing air in and out of my case and I did not hear the heatsink fan at all. If you need a cooler for that hot running 8800 series card to make sure that you can make it through that all night frag fest, you should give this cooler a shot.
- Easy Installation
- Mirror Finished Contact Surface
- Performance Under Load
- Negligible Case Temperature Increase
- Multi-mode Cooling (you choose the level of performance)