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Rob Williams 11-11-2005 08:20 PM

Arctic Cooling NV Silencer 5 Rev. 3
 
Arctic Cooling has just updated their popular NV Silencer to support the 7800GT, and that's exactly how we are going to test it! The cooler still uses the proven design of blowing hot air out the back, and looks great while doing it. Is it better than stock though, and possibly water cooling?

Yes, this actually deserved a perfect score! I love it, and don't want to take it off my card :p

Please feel free to discuss the review here!

madmat 11-11-2005 08:33 PM

You should have popped that bad boy on your 6800GT to see if it cured your previous temp woes, it would have been interesting to see.

Rob Williams 11-11-2005 08:39 PM

The 6800GT I have here hasn't even been used yet, because it's the one I got back from RMA. I plan to test it out when I get the Intel up and running though.

I honestly don't think this cooler would have helped that thing though. God, it was known to hit 100ºC *shrug*

madmat 11-11-2005 08:53 PM

I still think it was a case of the 'sink not fitting correctly. I think the Silencer would have helped a bunch...kudos on the new card though.

Rob Williams 11-11-2005 08:55 PM

I had someone e-mail me today actually, who builds computers for a living. He stated that 2 out of every 5 BFG 6800GT's he came across had the overheating issue.

So it was definitely not just me either, hah.

madmat 11-11-2005 09:04 PM

Oh, I never thought it was just you, I just think that something is slipping at BFG's mfg. plant.

Greg King 11-12-2005 01:05 AM

Nice review....I am torn between the Zalman GPU cooler or this one. I had the NV5 for my 6800GT and was not to impressed but your review might make me revisit the Arctic Cooling solution. Again, nice review!

Good to see that I am not the only one with a lot of shit in an old CD or DVD cake box turned upside down. :D :p :D

Rob Williams 11-12-2005 01:09 AM

Haha yeah. It goes to show that I don't pay attention to the background when I take these shots.

You all are lucky I do these reviews with clothes on.

Greg King 11-12-2005 12:22 PM

^lol I suppose we are all lucky

Buck-O 11-13-2005 06:09 AM

A 10?!

Did AC throw their new advanced wallet cushining device in with the cooler?;)

I kid:D ...but seriously...there are some cons that i have with the cooler.

For starters, the thermal compound and thermal adhesive foam on that cooler are a complete joke. The thermal compound is MARGINALLY better then a TIM pad. It would wipe that stuff off and throw some AS5 on there right off the bat. Without even thinking about it. That particular compound loves to get air bubles in it from teh factory. And i would rather not risk my $400 GPU to that (provided i ahd a $400 GPU...yes im broke). And the thermal adhesive is more of a blanket, then a thermal transfer media. I would pull it off and replace it with an aftermarket thermal adhesive tape that i had a little more faith in. Ive also had problem with removing the cooler with that thermal adhesive material. It has a tendency to seperate, and become a real pain in teh ass to remove from the ram chips.

Also, i find the cooler to be a little loud. I guess my definition of quiet and someone elses are different, and of course everyones individual milage will vary depending on what they consider tolerable in their own environment...but i did not like the wooshing air sound coming from the back of the PC case. It was at a different pitch then the other fans in the system, and i found it to be a bit distracting.

And that also brings up another negative. It takes up an adjacent PCI slot. Not a problem if youve got a mid tower and an expansion card or two. But what about the SFF and mATX guys that may not have that luxury of an extra slot to afford? Or in the cases of most SFF's where the card placment is reversed, and the PCI card backs the PCIe slot, rhater then face it. Well, then youve got to look elsewhere. And the options are preaty slim in that case.

Granted, the cooler works well. And it does provide a somewhat better alternative then stock cooling. Is it the best? I dont think so. Is it good enough for you the general user who wants somthing "better"? Sure it is. Would i use it? No. It just doesnt do what i want it to, with the materials i prefer, and in the space i require it to do it in.

And for all that...
Had i been doing the review, i would have had a hard time deciding between 7.5 or 8 out of 10. Becuase for being a good product...its design isnt really revolutionary, and the materials used are nothing spectacular. Which really makes it nothing but your typical oversized GPU cooler. And whats so perfect about that?

Unregistered 11-13-2005 09:05 AM

AC Silencer5 vs evga stock cooling
 
I think its funny that they could only overclock the card to the stock settings of the EVGA 7800gt co. Whats even funnier is that, at stcok fan speeds, my card runs at 41 C all the time and under heavy loads with fan running at 83% card only gets up to 50C. So why owuld I ever think about tearing my card out to install a HSF that doesnt cool any better then the one already installed?

Rob Williams 11-13-2005 09:37 AM

Buck-O, we certainly have varying opinions, but I stick to a perfect score.

Thermal Compound? It's a different way of doing things, but it helped keep the card just as cool as the previous water cooling, so I don't see a problem there.

Noisy? Haha, I haven't noticed a slight difference in the case noise at all. My case already has 3 120mm and 2 80mm fans though, so I likely wouldn't find a difference unless it was really loud.

As for SFF.. that's the price you pay. If you don't like it, don't get SFF. There are other solutions out there ;)

Unregistered, firstly I am surprised that you haven't seen your card go over 50ºC. You must have some cool ambient heat, because I would never even taste that in this room unless I went cascade or something :p

Unregistered 11-13-2005 07:33 PM

6800gs
 
The cooler also works great on the new 6800gs card. I have my card running at 525 core and 1200 memory, not bad since stock is 425/1000

Buck-O 11-14-2005 04:19 AM

Rob,

By your own admission teh watercooling setup was somewhat shoddy...so, i dont know as if i would hold much weight in comparing temps against it.

Like i said, noise is purely subjective. I happen to prefer systems to be at a certaint tone, and pitch. And this cooler didnt fit that. Call me crazy, i just didnt prefer it.

But a couple of things i will add is this.

A buddy of mine has gone through three of them. All of them becuase the bearing in the fans went bad, and begain making alot of noise. The good thing...they (artic cooling) replaced it factory direct. The bad thing, the seconed one they sent, went straight to ebay, and he bought a Zalman. Plus on both ocasions where he contacted Artic Cooling, they never replied back to him about the issue. But several days later a box showed up on his door from them, with a replacment unit. Awefully nice of them. But it woulda been nice to know it was coming. And then to have his seconed unit fail, really left him a bad feeling about the product.

Also, a couple of people at my LAN commented on the fact that the fins in the chute can get easily compacted and blanketed with dust particles, which can quickly hamper cooling performance. And its anoying to have to clean it ever so often.

Still dont see how it merits a perfect score.

But then again its my job to give you crap. ;)

Rob Williams 11-14-2005 10:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Unregistered
The cooler also works great on the new 6800gs card. I have my card running at 525 core and 1200 memory, not bad since stock is 425/1000

Wow! Do you happen to have a 3D Mark score with those clocks? Damn nice man.


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