Prolimatech MK-13 VGA Cooler Review
Published: 29th August 2010 | Source: Prolimatech | Price: 49.90 EUR |
Installation of a VGA cooler is something that causes a raised heart-beat in even the most stalwart of us. One of the many things we pride ourselves on here at OC3D is that we're enthusiasts just like you, and so rather than just install it how we know it should go we thought we'd walk you through it with us, following the instructions to the letter. After all just because we've done this a few times, most people wont have and so having clear and precise instructions is vital.
For our installation we'll be using an ATI HD5870.
Straight away we have a slight issue as according to the pamphlet that accompanies the MK-13 the first thing to do is attach the heatsink. Clearly this will make installing the RAM and VRM heatsinks problematic so let's re-arrange things to how they clearly should go.
The VRM heatsink for the ATI 5xxx cards is the fairly standard "sticky bottom and screw" affair. Peeling the tape off and placing it upon the VRMs you can see just to the right of the heatsink in this shot it was a simple matter of screwing it tight.
There isn't a shortage of surface area and the black anodised heatsink certainly will offset nicely with the nickel of the main MK-13 itself.
The RAM sinks, of which there are more than enough, attach just using the sticky, without any screws. The instructions are staggeringly unclear about where exactly to put them, but it's worth noting that four at the top of the shot here are actually too low. The bottom edge needs to match to the bottom edge of the chip otherwise the main heatsink wont fit.
The MK-13 itself is mounted using the standard cross-brace and four sprung-loaded screws that are common with these type of things.
Lay the heatsink flat, place the card on top and screw them in in the same manner you would the head of an engine. Start with opposite corners to ensure alignment then insert the other two screws. Gradually tighten each one moving around them until it's locked in place.
Here it is in all its glory. The screws holding it in place protrude much further than the ones of the stock heatsink. Otherwise it's certainly an attractive heatsink although leaving the rather untidy ends of the card exposed is both aesthetically undesirable and once again rears the "hot air exhausted into case" problem most third-party cooling has.