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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

VGA Cooler Final Thoughts

So there we have it, the results are in and the MK-13 is the top performer. I knew even before I began the tests that the MK-13 was going to perform well, but that is what you expect when you get 555g of beautifully crafted nickel plated copper and aluminum from a company that rocked the show with its high end CPU cooler. The review nearly didn't happen though as there was an issue with the MK-13 when it was received. The problem was that where ProlimaTech had based compatibility on distance between mounting holes they had not taken into consideration the thickness of the actual GPU and therefore there wasn't sufficient contact between the GPU and the MK-13 on the 9800 GT. Thanks to Benchmark Reviews' findings with the 9800 GT, an extra padding will be added to each package of the MK-13 to overcome the issue, with instructions on when and how to use it. If you want to get your hands on one of these you might have to wait a while as it isn't widely available yet. Frozen CPU will stock it for $59.99 or you can find it over at Caseking (German) for 49,90 EUR.

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ProlimaTech MK-13 Conclusion

The ProlimaTech MK-13 VGA cooler performed very well no matter what was thrown at it, it gave me the headroom I needed to push my VGA card to its limit and proved itself capable of working in passive mode should you be looking for the ultimate silent solution. Once again we have a product before us that performs as good as it looks, the pictures speak for themselves, nickel plated looks so much better than bare copper and aluminum and I think this is what we will definitely be seeing more of in the future - until the next fad comes out of course.

So we have a stunning looking VGA cooler that really performs well but that isn't all. The ProlimaTech MK-13 is a real tough cookie, a lot of aftermarket coolers have flimsy fins but that isn't the case here, you would actually have to put some effort in to bend the fins on this bad boy - not that you would want to of course, but you have the reassurance that you can handle it knowing that you won't damage it easily.

The MK-13 does what its designed to do and does it very well, the installation was simple if not just a little time consuming, its not the same as installing a CPU cooler, but if you have a little hardware knowledge it really isn't a difficult task, and ProlimaTech Included clear instructions on how to install this to your card, and the omni-mount securing system ensures that upgrading your card doesn't mean you need a new cooler - you can just switch this to your new card. (good reason to keep your stock cooler).

I must say though, for a VGA cooler that doesn't come with any fans $59.99 can seem a little bit much to pay. If like me you live in Europe then you can pick one up for 49.90 EUR over at Caseking.

Before you dismiss this as over expensive, please consider that this is likely to outlast your graphics card, unlike many VGA coolers that have been and gone, this is one that should stick with you. It truly unlocks the potential of your GPU without being a obtrusively big. Add to that the fact that you personally get to choose what will be cooling it down rather than what the manufacturer decides to include - this is a truly universal cooler that you can personalize any way that you like.

* EDITOR'S NOTE: Immediately after this article was published, ProlimaTech contacted us with a new list of compatible video cards. The list is tentative as they confirm fit and compatibility first-hand, and is likely to change. Please see the MK-13 specifications page for more detail.

Pros:

+ Universal installation*
+ Supports for up to four fans
+ SLI and CrossFire compatible
+ Visually appealing
+ Excellent cooling performance
+ Quality construction
+ Future proof compatability*

Cons:

- Heavy-weight cooling product
- High price tag
- Limited availability

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 9.50
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 9.00
  • Value: 8.00

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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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