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Written by Steven Iglesiais-Hearst - Edited by Olin Coles   
Tuesday, 26 January 2010
Table of Contents: Page Index
ProlimaTech MK-13 Heat-Pipe VGA Cooler
Features and Specifications
Closer Look: ProlimaTech MK-13
ProlimaTech MK-13 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

ProlimaTech MK-13 Video Card Cooler

ProlimaTech holds the crown for best CPU cooler here at Benchmark Reviews with the Megahalems. They have also surprised a lot of review websites with their PK1 thermal compound. All of these things are a massive feat for a company that was founded just 2 years ago. It comes as no surprise that ProlimaTech have now ventured into another field within the PC enthusiast market: VGA cooling. Introducing the MK-13 VGA cooler, ProlimaTech's first entry into what is a steadily growing market, Weighing in at 555g it's no baby, and has six heatpipes to transfer heat to the uniquely designed heatsink fins. The ProlimaTech MK-13 comes with nearly universal compatibility and future proofing for video cards. Many consider Thermalright to hold the crown here, but I get the feeling that ProlimaTech won't settle for second best. Join me as Benchmark Reviews examines and tests the ProlimaTech MK-13.

We are getting to a point now where some GPU's are producing more heat than CPU's, The market is awash with CPU coolers, yet there are only so many VGA coolers that actually deserve any sort of a mention. Stock VGA coolers don't usually give much head room for overclocking, and with their fan at 100% the noise can be unbearable, most will just put up with that, but the wise will buy an aftermarket cooling solution.

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This is where the ProlimaTech MK-13 VGA cooler steps in. It comes without fans to let the cooling enthusiast choose their own favorite fans, and it will support a max of four 120mm fans! ProlimaTech state that in an SLI or Crossfire setup then one silent 140mm fan will cool both effectively. In this review the MK-13 VGA cooler will be tested using two Xigmatek XLF-F1253 120mm LED cooling fans and also without fans to see if its any good as a silent/passive solution.

About ProlimaTechProlimaTech_Logo.png Inc

ProlimaTech, founded in 2008 is headquartered in Taiwan, led by a team of dedicated experts with 22 years of accumulated experience in the field of computer thermal solutions. ProlimaTech stands for Professionalism exceeding beyond all Limits. We are here to challenge any limits that stand in our way to achieve what was thought to be impossible. ProlimaTech incorporates integration of the aerospace resource-saving technology and advanced heat conduction technology to create the best heat absorption and dissipation solutions while pertaining to the science of aesthetics. Our never-ending quest is to satisfy every computer overclocker's and every enthusiast's needs for high quality and performance oriented thermal solutions for their high-end computer components.

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Comments 

 
# RE: ProlimaTech MK-13 Heat-Pipe VGA CoolerNoli 2010-03-22 03:15
Hi there, a big downer as far as I'm concerned that you barely mention is how much space a cooler (+fans) takes up. It looks from your pic of it installed that it takes up at least 3, possibly 4 slots!! That's a big deal.

Also, although you test the MK13 passive, you don't test the Xigmatek passive. Even though the MK13 beats it with active cooling, you shouldn't assume it will passive. And even if it does, would be interesting to know if Xigmatek can effectively passive cool too.
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# They can keep it for themselvesermanno 2010-05-14 07:39
Alright lets see
first 2 slots
the 3
now 4 ?
whats next ? 7 slots ?
hahahhahahahaah
as long as i m concerned they can keep it for themselves
they didnt understand we need a better cooling solution with no more than 2 slots like the original .
Almost all peple r not willing to sacrifice a whole pc for a vga heatsink .
I surely am not !
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# can i use this to my MSI 470gtxfen 2010-06-05 01:54
Hmm..can i have a questions?
can i use this MK-13 to my MSI 470gtx
i worried it's not gonna compatible
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# RE: can i use this to my MSI 470gtxOlin Coles 2010-06-05 06:31
You should visit the ProlimaTech website, and contact them regarding this question. They would be the best person to ask.
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# disappointedscolex 2010-07-23 10:43
The performance increase over what I have doesn't merit the extra $28 (best price) IMHO.
With 2 120mm fans it has a delta of about 17-18 and 28-29° respectively based on your reported case temp of 23-24°
FurMark 1.6 (same procedure)
BFG 8800GT OC2 675 975 1674 (effectively identical card)
Arctic Cooling Accelero S1 rev2 (best price $22)
1x 120mm 1200rpm 40cfm fan
case temp 28-29° (calibrated thermocouple)
Idle 51° (22-23°)
Load 66° (37-38°)
Maybe if it was tested on something more powerful than a 9800GT to better reflect it potential I might feel differently.
I am a fan of their CPU coolers though I have the Prolimatech Megahalem and it is awesome
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# RE: ProlimaTech MK-13 Heat-Pipe VGA CoolerRuzveh 2010-09-01 20:39
True and i agree i myself wont scarify more than one slot for fitting the vga onto it and another slots for VGA cooling.. thts it. Boss i even have to fit in other pc components onto it like sound card, tv tunercard and other future cards that will b made available along with my old pci cards. Dont forget we have only 7 slots. i really wish if mother board manufactures give us more room for those additional slots possibly upto 10 with 2-3pci, 4 pci-e x1 & rest x16 slots
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