Card Cooler review
Klein on August 16, 1999
Card Cooler is a very well made product brought to you by
the people over at http://www.thecardcooler.com.
The latest video cards being released do generate a lot of
heat. That is why there is an ever-growing importance to
cool the video sub-system of your computer. Also, when you
cool the video card, the chance to overclock the video card
rises. Being able to squeeze more speed out of your existing
components is something overclockers have been doing for a
very long time now.
video cards that are available in speeds over one hundred
megahertz can be tweaked to great levels. The cards of the
past were not as willing to overclock. You were lucky if you
could run a 90MHz Voodoo 2 at 100MHz. Today, you can take a
TNT2 with the standard clock speed of 125MHz and push it to
165MHz and thatís without the Card Cooler. Now, just
imagine what the Card Cooler can do with that same card.
Card Cooler is very easy to install. If you have opposable
thumbs and a screwdriver, you can install the Card Cooler.
The Card Cooler is mounted on the top and 4th
expansion slot brackets. The only thing that you would have
to worry about would be to keep anything that would possibly
touch it from not touching it. One thing you have to
consider before using the card is if you have an adequate
power supply to give power to these two very powerful fans
and the rest of your system. Believe me, I have gone through
my share of power supply troubles.
Card Cooler isnít just two cheap fans held together with a
flimsy metal surrounding. The Card Cooler uses high quality
components. When you flip to the side opposite the cool
looking penguins you will see that the fans are ever glide
fans. After installing the Card Cooler, I noticed that I
could not hear the fans, but the air passing though them
could be heard.
have other fans that use ball bearings, and they you can
really hear them. The fans on the card cooler donít make
as much noise as one would think by looking at them. When I
placed my hand over the memory chips on my TNT2, I could
feel the air moving over the card quite good. Once I put the
case back on my system I could hear the sound of the Card
Cooler moving air against the side of my case. As of now, It
has been 4 days since installing the card and for some
reason that sound just went away. It may be that the fans
need some time to break in.