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Written by Steven Iglesiais-Hearst - Edited by Olin Coles   
Wednesday, 27 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 VGA Cooler Features

  • Compatible with 92mm, 120mm, and 140mm fans for a maximum installation of four fans in a one-card configuration under the right conditions (all with RPM set at 1000 rpm for silent operation)
  • Installation of one silent 140mm fan (at 1000-1200 rpm) can effectively cool two VGA cards
  • Decreases temperatures tremendously on both the GPU and VGA card surrounding, particularly the VGA VRM and MOSFET area
  • Top performer for most high end VGA cards
  • Interchangeable Mounting hardware for installation on future released VGA cards
  • Fan Secure System to allow creative fan configuration/setup
  • Premium soldering on all contact points for maximum heat conduction
  • Six high quality nickel-plated copper heatpipes
  • A true DIY device that lets enthusiasts be innovative
  • Leading-edge heatsink design allowing best heat absorption and dissipation ratio

*For a more secured installation, a chassis with 20cm of width is strongly recommended.
*When installing four 120mm fans, RPM of less than 1000 is recommended.
*When installing two 120mm fans, RPM of 1000 is recommended.

ProlimaTech MK-13 Specifications

Dimensions 205 x 43.5 x 99.87 mm (WxHxD)
Material Nickel plated copper (base and heatpipes) aluminum (blades/fins)
Heatpipes 6 x 6mm diameter
Weight 555g
Fans (not included) Max of Four x 120mm fans or One x 140mm fan with V-profile bar

VGA Cooler Compatability*

ATI Radeon
X1600 / X1650 Series
X1800 Series
X1900 / X1950 Series
HD 2400 Series
HD 2600 Series
HD 2900 series
HD 3650
HD 3850 Series
HD 3870 series (except X2)
HD 4650 Series
HD 4670 Series
HD 4770 Series
HD 4830 Series
HD 4850 Series
HD 4870 series (except X2)
HD 4890 Series
HD 5750
HD 5770
HD 5850
HD 5870

6800 GS / GT / Ultra (PCIe)
7300 Series
7600 Series
7800 Series
7900 Series
7950 GT
8500 GT
8600 GT / GTS
8800 GT / GTS / GTX / Ultra (G80 / G92)
9400 GT
9500 GT
9600 GT / GSO (G92 / G94)
9800 GT / GTX / GTX +
GTS 250
GTX 260 (55nm / 65nm)
GTX 275
GTX 280
GTX 285
Quadro FX1400 / 1500
Quadro FX3400 / 3450 / 3500 / 3700
Quadro FX4000 / 4500 / 4600
Quadro FX5500 / 5600

* EDITOR'S NOTE: Immediately after this article was published, ProlimaTech contacted us with a new list of compatible video cards. The list is tentative as they confirm fit and compatibility first-hand, and is likely to change. The following models are confirmed compatible:

  • NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GTX
  • NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 285
  • ATI Radeon HD 5850
  • ATI Radeon HD 5870

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# 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 ?
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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