|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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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.
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).
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.
+ Universal installation*
- Heavy-weight cooling product
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