Prolimatech MK-13 VGA Cooler Review
Published: 29th August 2010 | Source: Prolimatech | Price: 49.90 EUR |
Prolimatech are a name that we're all familiar with now thanks to their excellent Megahalems CPU cooler. It was probably the first cooler than genuinely replaced the TRUE as the default weapon of choice and rightly won awards here, there and pretty much everywhere.
Since then it has been superceded in cooling capacity by the enormous Noctua NH-D14, but it's still the go-to 120mm cooler.
Of course when we found out Prolimatech were doing a VGA cooler that looked like a huge version of the Megahalems we were gagging to get out hands on it.
VGA cards have got faster and hotter as time has moved on with them almost making up their own version of Moore's Law in that for every doubling of speed there will also be a doubling of heat despite size of heatsinks remaining the same.
So what do you do if you don't want to be able to roast a chicken inside your case whilst playing a game? Why a third-party cooler of course and the MK-13 is one such beasty. So let's take a look at it shall we.
Packaging and Compatibility
Normally here we'll run our table of features and technical specifications. VGA coolers are simplistic things though and all we want to know is what it is compatible with. Thankfully the packaging supplies this information so it's as good a time as any to get a look.
The MK-13 comes in a sturdy box that definitely has all the hallmarks of an enthusiast product. Whereas lots of hardware uses the box to sell itself strongly to the shoppers as they pass, enthusiast products tend to be far more simplistic both because the average person wont attempt to swap their graphics cooler, and also because they tend to know what they're looking for.
The box is a flip top style with lots of foam packaging keeping the cooler secure in it's journey home.
As you can see from the side of the box the MK-13 is compatible with just about every graphics card you could ever hope to use. Prolimatechs website also says that they've tested it with the GTX470 and GTX480 and it is capable of being mounted on those although they don't recommend overclocking.
Let's pull the contents out then and see what we have to play with.