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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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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