Is it effective or not? Like the Schooner ( I think it's just a heatsink only), or the Giant III (Thermaltake), I think Zalman has a cheap looking VGA cooler with Pipe technology.....What do you think?
It is but it's designed for passive cooling so if you add a few fans will make it much better.
For your video card, i'd recommend getting watercooling, because honestly the VGA silencer5(best cooling out there right now for the 6800 series) really doesn't do that much better than the stock heatsink/fan.
Heat pipes are better than water coolers because they don't require a pump. The problem is, keeping the condensor cool. A huge condensor with fan, similar to what you'd want in a water cooler, would also serve the heat pipe well.
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I think they do also. I had bought the Thermaltake Giant III for the 5700 Ultra I had. It was running hotter than the stock fan/heatsink. I tried transfering to the 6800 ultra, and it doesn't fit!? shesh....ohwell.
I was looking at the aqaurius III for the water cooling. I found that the Silencer doesn't have a coating on the metal bracket that fits underneath the card, and was actually shorting out my 5700. It didn't damage it miraculously.....