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Jan 13, 04 at 4:50pmAce


Hey everyone,
Gigabyte, purveyors of goods such as motherboards and video cards has entrenched itself a little deeper into the enthusiast camp with the release of a processor cooler, the 3D Cooler-PRO. This is not just another heatsink; it uses heatpipe technology not unlike Shuttle and it also fits on three different processor types: the Athlon XP, the Athlon 64 and the P4 and it is a tool-less transition between each one. If you are in the market for a heatsink be sure to check this out as it has a couple other surprises in store as well.

Thread Recap (last 10 posts from newest to oldest)

Apr 21, 05 at 7:19pm
Trogdor


That sounds pretty cool. Just yesterday I added a new Gigabyte fan to cool down my AMD 3200+. Here are the pictures, this thing is massive, the pictures do it no justice!









Apr 11, 05 at 6:26am
Isaac Cheng


I have this heatsink and can not figure out how to install the fan controller on the PCI slot. How do you take the 3.5" drive assembly apart?



Jan 16, 04 at 4:59am
Redemption


Cleaves we do open case reviews .

IMO there's too much risk of damage moving things in and out with the case in the way. I'd settle for slightly less accurate reflections of what you'd get vs. having to buy a new CPU or replace the mobo just because of an "oops".

Don't use our numbers to estimate what temps you'd get. You can't do that anyway even if a site uses a case unless their case is very similar to your own cuz you can't be sure their cables and airflow is the same as your own case. Our numbers are for reference against OTHER coolers that WE test.

Btw just to appease the heatpipe orientation theory we ran the temperatures again today and took a measurement when the room temperature became constant with the room temp from our other readings. The result? Less than 1C difference whether the heatpipe was upright, or sideways.



Jan 15, 04 at 7:21pm
CleavesF


not to be a suck up or anything, but that's probably the best point anyone could have made.

The more realistic a review, the more likely your results at home are to be the same.

I really dislike heatsink reviews when they use delta fans or open case setups. When they post temps in the 30's it's like, yeah that's great, but that's only if you're willing to put up with 60 db's or have an open computer all day.



Jan 15, 04 at 6:20pm
Redemption


The cooler should be available @ newegg by Feb sometime.

quote FLIP-MODE
Any review of a heatsink should have the thing inside a case, and in the upright position.

Heatpipes will likely perform differently depending upon their orientation. That fact makes this review that much less usefull.
What do you mean by having the heatsink in the "upright position"? Because inside your case, the heatsink is likely NOT to be in an upright position.



Jan 14, 04 at 5:41pm
Ace


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Where can I buy this?
Im not sure if it's released yet but Gigabyte has really started to ramp up advertising for it so look for it real soon. I'll post back here if I see it available online anywhere.

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I have seen this cooler a few times lately and curious about the heatpipe technology and wondered about the fluid inside the heatpipe, is there a life/hours rating for the fluid and fan?
Life expectancy for the fan is around 70000 hours. Most of the Thermaltake fans we have are rated at 80000 hours. 80000 hours translates into something like 9 years if you run your computer 24/7. These specs may be a bit misleading- I think that is the expected life of the bearing in a clean environment meaning that if your computer is really dusty that could really limit the life of the fan if you dont keep it clean on a regular basis.

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Any review of a heatsink should have the thing inside a case, and in the upright position. Heatpipes will likely perform differently depending upon their orientation.


On my home system, my CPU temperatures go down when I have an open case on the side rather than having it stand vertically. I dont doubt that heatsinks may perform differently with different orientations though I dont see how this affects the 3D Cooler-PRO in a negative way.




Jan 14, 04 at 5:13pm
FLIP-MODE


Any review of a heatsink should have the thing inside a case, and in the upright position.

Heatpipes will likely perform differently depending upon their orientation. That fact makes this review that much less usefull.



Jan 14, 04 at 2:21pm
CleavesF


Heatpipes are enclosed. They don't have a "lifespan" like fans to.



Jan 14, 04 at 11:18am
dvrocc


I have seen this cooler a few times lately and curious about the heatpipe technology and wondered about the fluid inside the heatpipe, is there a life/hours rating for the fluid and fan? it seems like its fair in cooling and totally awesome with the tooless multi-socket fit which is a definite plus+, also for people who like to mod there cases and have visible interiors this cooler would compliment there set up real nice, over all I would try it out I think every thing deserves a chance how else would it become popular.



Jan 14, 04 at 3:43am
soundx98


Where can I buy this?



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