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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 Detailed Features

To really appreciate the design and aesthetics of a product a little closer inspection is required. This is my favorite part of handling aftermarket products as the design is usually so much more involved and less 'square' than OEM products. The pictures you see on the net don't compare to actually handling the product, and you can get a few surprises.

Prolimatech_MK-13_End_logo.jpg

This is the little Easter egg I was referring to earlier, maybe you were hoping for something more?? Well none the less it was a pleasant surprise for me when I was having a good look at this cooler. At first I assumed it was a sticker but now I see that it is actually printed on, while this may not seem like much it is actually another step in the manufacturing process, these pieces would need to be done separately before construction. This was possibly the hardest shot to take as this end piece is also extremely reflective. Also note the extreme similarity in design to the Megahalems, The MK-13 is basically a flattened elongated version.

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The GPU base is nickel coated but it isn't a perfect mirror shine, This however is not a down side. ProlimaTech are very scientific in the way that they design their products, and if a mirror shine was better, then I'm pretty sure the MK-13 would have had that feature.

Prolimatech_MK-13_Fin_construction.jpg

Talking about science, when we look closer at the fin array used in the ProlimaTech MK-13 you notice what I pointed out earlier. The top and bottom of each line is not only a separate piece but also installed at a slight angle. This should guarantee that the airflow will make maximum contact with the heatsink fins and therefore increase performance.

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In order to make the MK-13 compatible with such a wide range of VGA cards ProlimaTech have devised the omni-mount retention system, this means it can be future proofed by ProlimaTech designing a new fastening kit when new cards hit the market, much like the kits developed for compatibility with LGA1366 and LGA 1156 CPU sockets, for CPU coolers of course. ProlimaTech recommend that you should use the largest ramsinks where you have clearance to do so as these should perform better.

Prolimatech_MK-13_Fan_Setup.jpg

It did feel rather strange installing the fans in this manner (using the v-profile bar) rather than attaching them to the cooler itself and I have to admit it looks rather strange in the case too. The bracket on the right is secured to the v-profile bar with 2 screws and then secured into your chassis like an expansion card. ProlimaTech also include a back-plate that is secured externally to the expansion slot bracket should you use more than two or more fans. It does work really well and if you had an SLI or Crossfire setup then it is possible to mount one large 140mm fan blowing air equally onto both coolers rather than having fans for each cooler. ProlimaTech included a fan installation guide on the instruction leaflet (below).

Prolimatech_MK-13_fan_guide.jpg

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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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