The Big Daddy Of VGA Cooling
After we wrote our last VGA cooler roundup, Thermalright brought its newest entry in this segment to market: the Shaman. Thermalright claims two world firsts for this cooler: the first VGA cooler designed to accommodate a 140 mm fan and the first VGA cooler with eight 6 mm heat pipes.
Of course, we're always looking to put claims of superiority to the test, so we're itching to compare this unit to some of the products reviewed in the past.
Let's have a look at how Thermalright's new VGA cooler stacks up against the competition:
|ThermalrightShaman||Arctic CoolingAccelero XTREME Plus||DeepCoolV6000||ZalmanVF3000|
|Dimensions:||160(L) × 132(W) × 38(H) mm||290(L) × 104(W) × 56(H) mm||212.5(L) × 110.5(W) × 65(H) mm||239(L) x 98(W) x 51(H) mm|
|Weight:||500 grams(without fan)||622 grams||759 grams||430 grams(without fans)|
|Fans:||Single 140 mm fan||Three 92 mm fans||Two 92 mm Case Fans||Two 92 mm Fans|
|Power Cables:||Single MotherboardFan Header||Single Graphics CardFan Header||Two MotherboardFan Headers||Single MotherboardFan Header|
|Construction:||Nickel-platedCopper Cooling BlockAluminum Heat pipes and Cooling Fins||Copper Cooling BlockCopper Heat PipesAluminum Cooling Fins||All-Aluminum Construction||Copper Cooling Block Copper Heat Pipes Aluminum Cooling Fins|
|Compatibility:||GenericFour mounting hole size options:Radeon 3870/4800/5800 and GeForce 250/9800GTX,GeForce GTX 200 series,GeForce GTX 480 and 8800,GeForce GTX 460Radeon 6950/6970GeForce GTX 570/580||GenericFive compatibility set options:VR001-Multiple Radeon/GeForce CardsVR002-GeForce GTX 200 seriesVR003-GeForce GTX 470/465VR004-GeForce GTX 480VR005-GeForce GTX 460||GenericSix mounting hole size options:43 mm, 51 mm, 53 mm,58 mm, 61 mm, 80 mm||VF3000F: GeForce GTX 480VF3000F: GeForce GTX 465/470VF3000A: Radeon HD 5800 seriesVF3000N: GeForce GTX 200 series|
From the raw specifications, we can see that the Shaman's 140 mm cooler does stand out amongst the crowd. A large fan has the potential for higher airflow combined with lower RPMs (and consequently lower noise) compared to smaller fans. Of course, the drawback is the significantly larger size of the cooler, standing more than 20 mm higher than the next-largest competitor, and even higher when the fan is attached. As a result, the Shaman won't fit in anything smaller than a full-width case with at least 6 3/4" inches of clearance from the motherboard.
Enough statistics for now though; let's have a closer look at Thermalright's VGA cooling beast.