|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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Testing & Results
The following programs were used during testing;
Ambient case temperatures were measured using a relatively cheap digital case temperature monitor and were consistently 23°C / 24°C. 30 minutes were allowed for the temperatures to stabilize before starting each test, idle temperatures were then recorded. After that FurMark was allowed to run for 10 minutes to load the GPU and find maximum temperatures. Each test was conducted 3 times and an average was taken from the 3.
The tests were conducted under the following conditions.
The MK-13 VGA cooler will be tested with two Xigmatek XLF-F1253 120mm LED cooling fans. Many other fans are available that may give better performance and/or airflow, but where silence is concerned these fans sit up there with the best of them, they are the only identical set of two 120mm fans I have to hand. Fan speed will consistently be at 100% during testing as I know my fans run nice and quiet at full speed.
Test System Hardware
VGA Cooler Results
The stock cooler on the 9800GT was tested for a reference point and I'm sure you are all aware that stock coolers don't always perform too well and this one is no exception, I also tested the MK-13 without any fans to see how well it might perform in passive mode. Also included are the results from the Xigmatek Bifrost cooler tested recently.
As you can see from the results the ProlimaTech MK-13 VGA cooler is a great performer with a very respectable idle temperature of 37ºC, even with no fans it easily out performs the stock cooler on the 9800GT. The ProlimaTech MK-13 VGA cooler beats the Xigmatek Bifrost by 6ºC under load with stock clocks and performs the same as the Bifrost when it the 9800GT is overclocked. No matter how far I pushed the overclocks the temperature wouldn't go above 52ºC, and I'm sure that with higher airflow the temps could have possibly fallen by a few degrees.