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Thermaltake TMG ND5 VGA Cooler

Price: $40.00 US


So you’ve had your nVidia 8800 series video card for a while and you’re probably happy with the performance now that they’ve got newer and better drivers available for it. If only you could bring the temperature down a little, to have some fun overclocking it, or even just for the peace of mind that the card is running cooler than the stock 55 to 70 degrees Celsius. As with many other cooling applications, Thermaltake has introduced an air cooler that just might suit your needs. The TMG ND5 is an air cooler that is built specifically to handle the cooling needs of the 8800 series graphics cards. So if you’ve got a 8800 GTS or GTX, this cooler was designed with you in mind.

In 1999, Thermaltake began its operations in Taiwan. In the same year it also started its American branch of the company. Providing the world market with cooling products aimed at the overclocking and gaming market, its momentum has continued to pick up speed and now Thermaltake is also in the business of manufacturing computer chassis and power supplies.


Closer Look:

The TMG NG5 comes in a clamshell package, giving you a good view of the heatsink fins and the fan as well. The package has some substance, but not too heavy to be of concern for weighing down your video card. The information on the backside of the package shows some graphs comparing thermal resistance to the stock cooler.



The package was very easy to open and didn’t require any type of sharp instrument to accomplish. Here we can see what’s inside the package. The little black box contains all of the instructions and all the accessories required for the installation.



The accessories are thermal tape, screws, isolating washers, heat sinks and a sticker.


The heatsink itself is made of copper and aluminum, with the fins covered by a clear plastic cover. The main contact surface for the GPU is solid copper with a pre-applied thermal paste. There is a small piece of plastic covering protecting the heat sink paste until it is ready to be installed.



I will take heatsink off my 8800 GTX, to show you how its done. So on that note, let's see how this goes.

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