|ProlimaTech MK-13 Heat-Pipe VGA Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Steven Iglesiais-Hearst - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Wednesday, 27 January 2010|
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Closer Look: ProlimaTech MK-13
For those amongst us who caught a sneak preview of the MK-13 back in early December, anticipation has been high for the release date of this cooler. The first thing that caught my attention was the sheer weight of it, 555g naked!! I must say though, attention to detail and build quality were high on the list when the MK-13 was made and there was a little design Easter egg too, which I will share with you later.
The box doesn't really draw attention to itself. There's no fancy window showing what's inside, all you get is a sketch and basic info on the front. Unless you already know what this cooler is capable of then human nature will kick in and you'll more than likely choose a package that looks nice rather than something that performs well. Most of us know that looks and performance don't always come together as one package. Once you look around the box on the back is a compatibility list and some features and specifications. What the packaging does do right though is protect the product. The MK-13 was encased in polyurethane foam which in my opinion is better than Styrofoam in both looks and properties. Under that was a cardboard shelf that separated the accessories, more on those later.
Once out of the box its a different story altogether, the shiny silver nickel paint job that the MK-13 has is following the trend of today's CPU coolers, naked copper is yesterdays fad, Also nickel coating will prolong the life of your cooler reducing the potential oxidation of the raw copper used in coolers these days. The MK-13 measures around 8" x 4" altogether so it won't dwarf your card but it will certainly make it more attractive and heavier.
Once flipped over we get a good look at how the ProlimaTech MK-13 VGA cooler works. The nickel plated copper base takes the heat of the GPU, transfers it to the six 6mm copper heatpipes, which in turn deliver it to into the 151 aluminum heatsink fins where the heat will dissipate in the airflow of the fans you choose to accompany this cooler.
Looking at the side you can see a divide where the heatpipes go through the heatsink fins. At first count I had come to the conclusion that there were 76 fins but upon closer inspection I noticed that the top and bottom fins are separate from each other, Now you might question my math as 76 x 2 = 152 not 151, but the very end piece is full size not two pieces.
The MK-13 VGA cooler wasn't difficult to install although it was a little time consuming. As you can see here the MK-13 takes up the space of the next PCI slot and then the fan setup takes care of the rest of the slots. If you were to use two MK-13's in an SLI or Crossfire setup then the V-profile bar would be able to hold a fan above both coolers / cards (more on that later). Another point to note here is the weight of the MK-13 (555g) which is enough to pull the graphics card down a little so you may want to devise something to support your VGA card. I used cable tie and a small length of wire to support mine. Best thing of all is that there is no warping whatsoever where the cooler is attached to the card.