|ProlimaTech MK-13 Heat-Pipe VGA Cooler|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Cooling|
|Written by Steven Iglesiais-Hearst - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Tuesday, 26 January 2010|
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).