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GELID Solutions GC-VGA02-01 1 Ball, 1 Sleeve VGA Cooler

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year

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  • 2/3/2015 10:56:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsDoes the job BUT...

Pros: Keeps my r9 290 under 35c, not bad for a card known to be blazing hot.

Cons: Thermal tape wouldn't hold the heatsinks on very well while i was applying them to the RAM chips. The long heatsink bar isn't long enough to cover their assigned point and work through the mounting holes on a reference R9 290, I ended up having to tie mine on with string.

Other Thoughts: It does the job but given how some things don't fit my reference R9 290 I wouldn't recommend buying this specifically for a reference card. I imagine it would work great on others, if everything fit and you can get the thermal tape to stick.

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  • James Edge
  • 11/5/2014 10:45:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Cooling, bit heavy.

Pros: This cooler works great, which. I installed it on an EVGA GTX680 4GB. When running a benchmark (EVGA OC Scanner X) with the stock card I reached up to 72'C before I turned it off, and an idle temp of about 32'C.

After installing the VGA cooler and re-benched, I didn't go above 40'C, with the idle staying around 22'C-24'C. So overall great improvement.

Cons: These fans are a bit heavy for my PCB and causes it to sag a bit, since mine doesn't have a spine. There nothing to interfere with performance though, just more of an eyesore. Also, I didn't care for the instructions, so I tried to compare them with some of the tutorials I've found. Also, I couldn't find a diagram my actual PCB anywhere, so I had to guess a little.

Also make sure you have clearance for it, since it does add a little bulk to it.

Other Thoughts: The cons, aren't really a problem for me. The amount of cooling for a little more noise is amazing. Two heatsinks, Two fans, and five heatpipes really do the job.

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  • 10/22/2014 9:35:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRAMsink adhesive completely unusable

Pros: Improved cooling over the stock cooler
At least it included thermal compound.

Cons: HORRIBLE instructions.
Completely unusable adhesive for the RAM heatsinks. I was forced to leave them off.

Other Thoughts: If you buy this, be sure to also buy some proper thermal adhesive. Otherwise you won't be able to install the RAMsinks.

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  • MJ
  • 10/6/2014 3:47:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Performance. Awesome Price.

Pros: + Absolutely spectacular performance over reference stock blower heatsink designs. I dropped 30 degrees at load and 20 at idle with fans at lowest speed. From 80 degrees at load to 50 and from 50 at idle to 30 idle on a GTX 680.

+ This even beats most 3rd party heatsinks by a decent measure, like Gigabyte's three fan configurations.

+ High board compatibility.

+ A LOT of peripheral heat sinks to satisfy most cards and situations.

+ The fans are UV reactive and look like bioluminescent blue jellyfish if you have a UV light. It actually looks pretty cool but then, how many times are you going to stick your head at the required angle to notice?

Cons: - Tedious installation but honestly, what do you expect?

- The thermal tape provided for the smaller heatsinks can be a little lackluster, but if installed correctly pose no problem. Here are some tips: Use 80% or higher isopropyl alcohol to clean the ram and vrm surfaces thoroughly, this is important as it evaporates faster and cleans better. Do one at a time, don't clean them all ahead of time. Put the heatsink tape on the heatsink FIRST and leave the last paper film on it while you gently but firmly rub the heatsink on a flat hard surface like a table or desk. Then apply it firmly to the ram or vrm chip. Don't fuss with it. Get it right the first time. Also be sure to plan where you're going to run the fan wires first, as they will knock the heatsinks off if you're not careful. If you're installing this on a GTX680 a heatpipe will hit one of the vram heatsinks, use the lowest profile heatsink included to avoid this issue.

If you do that they won't fall off. I did two lazily and they did indeed fall off just from gravity. Do it right and it's no problem. You just need patience. I prefer it this way since it works and you can remove them without damaging anything. It's a practical win-win.

- This is perhaps the most idiotic and dumb design decision on this heatsink and it's that the fans aren't PWM. They're missing the fourth wire so while you can plug it into your card you CAN'T control them through your card and they will run at a very noisy 100%. I absolutely HATE this. It's ALMOST a deal breaker for me, but if you have a spare fan plug on your motherboard you can control the speed that way. At low the fans are quiet, nearly silent. It's just infuriating that you have to do it this way and it can't dynamically be controlled by the card itself. But, at the huge performance gain you get with the heatsink, it's not really necessary to worry too much about the fans.

- The heatsink and fan alone takes up two extra slots. So it becomes a three slot card. It's difficult to know whether it's worth it or not as they don't offer a slimmer version, but given the results it's a concession worth having if you have the room to spare.

- Instructions leave quite a bit to be desired. They're not the worst I've seen but they're also not terribly helpful. When in doubt, watch a youtube video of someone installing one of these.

Other Thoughts: Despite a rather wordy Con list and a near dealbreaker fan situation I can't help but love this heatsink cooler. It just works and works extremely well if you install it properly. I also don't think it's difficult to install at all, just a little tedious but how else are you going to maintain a broad compatibility?

Ultimately, this is quieter than most stock fans and cools quite a bit better to boot. If you have a requirement for either, GET THIS. It's also worth remembering that graphics cards these days prefer to throttle performance rather than increase fan speeds so it's definitely worth have a cool card.

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  • 10/3/2014 6:10:14 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot worth it.

Pros: The blue fans match my blue case fans.

Cons: Pain to install...separate heat sinks for each RAM chip.
Required parts had to be ordered separately. (I have an R9)
The biggest had minimal to no effect on the operating temp. over the stock fan.

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  • 9/30/2014 12:36:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsgood...but a pain to install

Pros: I consider my self a pretty tech-savvy person. However, being a frugal student, i picked up and oldie but goodie gtx 480 off craigslist, which at the beginning of 2014 was no 20 in gpu boss all-time score. video games substantially improved and gpu rendering with my 3930k @ 4.3 ghz improved as well. however, while doing a cuda render out of sorenson squeeze, this thing got like 90c

the gelid heatsink dropped that to about 68c, and gaming ran much lower too, about 60-64c. ambient usage was in the 30c-40c range.

Cons: i have never put in an aftermarket vga heatsink before. installing the vram heatsinks was a huge pain. it was tough to separate the thermal pads from the protective coating. i wasted a few due to fumbling with tthem and then used tweezers instead, using the few extra that came with it. extra thermal pads should be included. it took forever to install.

the diagram of where to put the mounting screws may tough to read on the instructions. best bet is to hit the website on your phone, assuming you will be upgrading your main/only pc.

the cooler itself was not tough to mount but should have been a bit less dustier upon arrival.

set aside an hour at least for vram heatsinks.

Other Thoughts: its well known that the gtx is an strong but power hungry and high temp card. under kombustor and furmark, it stays in the high 80s/ low 90s in terms of temperature. with the old heatsink on, it would hit the warning temp of 100 and i know for sure it would have just gone way further.

despite being a pain to install, it gets the job done.

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  • 8/24/2014 4:43:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsInstallation not fun

Pros: This is a good VGA cooler once installed. It dropped the temperatures of my card by a good 10-20 degrees C (depending on usage) from the stock cooler.

Cons: Installation is a pain. It requires you place individual heatsinks on certain components of your card, and these heatsinks do not directly tie into the cooler, they are free standing. Not the best situation, and a bit messy. Because the card sits upside down, these heatsinks would occasionally not bind tight enough and would eventually fall down into the large cooper heatsink of the cooler, thus you'd have to turn everything off, take it apart and put them back on. Taken altogether, I'd say it is more trouble than it is worth. Try a different cooler if you have the option of doing so.

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  • 8/9/2014 11:20:37 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsR290X - Great Cooler w/ gotchas

Pros: Keeps the card cool.

Cons: Kit does NOT contain all of the necessary parts!!!

Other Thoughts: If you are purchasing this card for the R290X (XFX single fan card in my case), please make sure you follow Ryan F. review and get the additional components needed. It will save you a lot of headache.

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  • 7/29/2014 12:59:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsThis thing aint no joke!

Pros: It really works. it dropped my GPU temps 30c on load. while playing BF4 my EVGA 670 FTW never goes above 42c and my gpu idles at 28 c

Cons: This is where it gets weird. i actually had to use the ATI nuts and bolts because despite my video card having a 680 PCB which is supported the supplied Nvidia parts would not fit.

Because i used the ATI parts i could not tighten it down all the way or it would bend my GPU. though its still plenty tight to hold it on and keep temps down.

Also there were not enough specific heat spreaders sent to cover the VRMs and some other stuff the original HSF from EVGA covered so i had to bend some extra heatsinks in half and use them instead.

Also more double sided tape would have been nice i nearly didnt have enough.

Other Thoughts: its just so weird that the Nvidia nuts and bolts did not fit and the ATI ones did?

This is why it gets 4 out of 5 eggs though. the thing works if the fan on your GPU died or you just need a great performing HSF grab this thing. its worth it either way.

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  • Ryan
  • 6/30/2014 6:08:29 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGELID VGA Cooler

Pros: -Great VGA cooler.
-Decently quiet even though I have it hooked directly to the video card (makes it run at 100%).
-Heat sinks galore, tedious but well worth the time.
-Runs max 74C under load (stock R9 290 tends to run up to 91C which is insane). This is in a mid-sized tower.

Cons: -Watch out for the power wiring for the fans, I had to personally adjust the power/negative wires to keep off the copper tubing, they have little slots they should be in on the sidings to the fan.

-Large. Including card, takes up about 2.5 slots so be ready for the room.

-Runs at 100% fan speed if hooked directly into your video card. If you want fan control through the computer, connect the power to your motherboard. Might need an adapter.

-A couple pieces aren't meant for the R9 290/290x, see "other thoughts."

Other Thoughts: Get these two items for smooth install for R9 290/290x:

*Cooling expansion kit meant for R9 290/290x*

Ceramic thermal paste:

*NOTE* For the thermal paste, do NOT over apply it. The less space of heat transfer between the two contacts, the better. It should be a Very thin layer, a small amount goes quite far.

Overall, a great product. Just do your research and install it safely and correctly.

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