In most modern gaming systems
the cooling of the VGA card is just as important
as the cooling of a processor. True enough, the
stock coolers of most AM2 socket and Core 2 Duo
processors are more than enough to handle the heat
generated by the cores, even under mild overclocking,
while remaining slightly audible. You would think
the same logic would apply to GFX coolers ? Unfortunately
quite often VGA cards have exceptionally loud coolers
which barely get the job done. You can then begin
to fathom the irritation with a SLI or Crossfire
Serious enthusiasts need
a high quality cooler for their VGA cards, one which
will give them reduced temperatures without enducing
a headache so gaming enjoyment is maximised. Revoltec
released a new, powerful VGA card cooler, the Graphic
Freezer Pro. Physically large and almost inaudible,
it hopes to appeal to gamers, modders and enthusiasts
Manufacturer features and specifications:
Material: Copper and Aluminium
Heatpipes: 2 Copper heatpipes with 0,6mm diameter
Dimensions: 162 x 112 x 44mm
Power: 3-Pin with speed sensor (4- to 3-Pin Adapter
Fan: 80 x 80 x 10mm
Revolutions: 2000 Rev/Min +/- 10%
Noise: 22.0 dB(A)
Airflow: 40,04 m³/h
NVIDIA GeForce 4 MX420/440(SE/8X)/460
NVIDIA GeForce 4 Ti 4200(8X)/4400/4600/4800
NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600(ULTRA)/5700(ULTRA)/5900(XT)/5950(ULTRA)
NVIDIA GeForce 6600(GT)/6800(GT/ULTRA)
NVIDIA GeForce 7600(GT)/7800(GT/GTX)/7900(GT/GTX)
ATI Radeon 9000(PRO)/9200(PRO)/9500/9550/9600(SE/PRO/XT)/9700(PRO)/9800(PRO/XT)
ATI Radeon X300/X600/X800/X850/X1300/X1600/X1800/X1900
Packaging and bundle
The Revoltec Graphic Freezer Pro comes in a half-transparent,
well designed plastic package. The rear cardboard
of the packaging also contains the installation notes
as well, which are not very thorough but easily understandable.
Inside the package you will find a wealth of screws,
brackets and nuts since the cooler can be installed
on many different cards. You will also find a 3-pin
to 4-pin adapter, a tube with quality thermal grease
and 4 heatsinks.
The unit itself is large for a VGA card cooler. It
is almost certain that it will cover the entire bottom
side of every VGA card and it blocks the adjacent
card slot. There is a small, solid copper base and
two heatpipes move through it to the many aluminium
fins. Airflow is provided by a large but silent 80mm
fan placed at the top of the cooler. The fan can be
connected to a 3-pin power slot on the motherboard
or at a 4-pin Molex by using the adapter, if a slot
is not available. The power cable of the fan is sleeved
black. The base of the cooler is not remarkable, but
it is smooth with no dents or scratches.
Since the Graphic Freezer Pro can be installed on
many VGA cards, you will have to find which holes
are used for your specific model, thankfully the installation
instructions illustrate them clearly. Additionally
you will have to place a stand off and a rubber ring
on those two holes. After removing the stock cooler
from your video card (the procedure varies, you usually
have to remove some screws) you place the card on
the cooler and align it with the holes. Then you have
to secure the cooler on the card with the spring screws.
Finally, you have to connect the fan to a power source.
Simple enough, even for the beginner.
System configuration :
• CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo E6400
• Motherboard: Asus P5B
• RAM: Crucial Ballistix PC2-6400
• HDD: Samsung 160JJ SATA2
• VGA: Aopen 6800 Ultra
• PSU: Spire Rocketeer VI 600W PSU
For testing, we cleaned the core of the VGA card and
placed the included thermal grease on it. We had the
card run 3D test loops for 12 hours to allow the thermal
material to stabilize. We had the fan connected on
a motherboard port without speed control enabled.
Full load is achieved by running 3DMark06 loops for
30 minutes. The idle temperature measurements were
noted after the system was resting at the windows
desktop for 30 minutes. The system is installed inside
a NZXT Apollo case and the room temperature is 27
Graphic Freezer Pro
The difference between the Graphic Freezer Pro and
the stock Aopen 6800 Ultra cooler does not appear
large at first sight. However if you consider that
the (large) stock cooler was already
covering a second PCI slot due to its size, blowing
the air directly outside the case while
being noisy, you will understand that the Graphic
Freezer Pro is far superior to the stock cooler. The
Graphic Freezer Pro not only performed better, but
was completely silent during the test.
Final words and conclusion
What we did like:
There are many things to like about the Graphic Freezer
Pro. Above all, it performs well and remains silent
at all times - the two key aspects. Not only that,
but it can also be mounted on almost every video card
which currently exists. We strongly suspect that since
it could stand the heat of a 6800 Ultra easily, you
won’t even have to use the fan if installed
on many middle to low range VGA cards (especially
considering many newer boards are actually more thermally
efficent). Finally, the cooler is more than reasonably
priced; we consider it quite a bargain.
What we did not like:
The only problem of the Revoltec Freezer Pro is the
same problem that many VGA coolers of its class face.
This cooler will restrict one, maybe even two PCI
slots (depending on the system configuration) beneath
your video card. This might not sound like much of
a problem to the average enthusiast, but to the HTPC
user who uses a mATX motherboard, soundcard and a
satellite TV card it can be quite a restriction.
Who would we recommend it to:
The Revoltec Graphic Freezer Pro is a great device.
It performs well enough to keep your expensive graphics
hardware cool and is silent. While many VGA coolers
can do that, very few can be mounted on almost all
currently available VGA cards and cost as little as
a spindle of DVDs. Therefore, the Revoltec Graphic
Freezer Pro is recommended to anyone who wants to
cool better and/or silence their VGA card(s).
Considering the above (especially the price),
we believe that the Revoltec Graphic Freezer Pro is
definitely worthy of our Heavenly Hardware Gold Award.
What do these awards mean?
The average price of the Revoltec Graphic Freezer Pro VGA cooler is 22€ in EU at the time of this review.