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Modern GPUs produce a lot of heat. Keeping them cool is a major concern for gamers, enthusiasts, overclockers, and anyone else that pushes their components to extremes. Knowing, this some video card companies offer non reference coolers on their cards, usually at a slightly higher price point. Other companies offer aftermarket coolers that allow users to swap out the stock setup for one that gives better cooling and/or offers less noise. The GeLid Icy Vision Revision 2 does both. Designed to fit a variety of both NVIDIA and ATI/AMD cards these dual radiator 5 heatpipe coolers claim to offer superior cooling on even the known to run hot GTX 480. The Icy Vision coolers have been available for a while now, and we decided to see how they can handle an SLI setup. GeLid was kind enough to supply us with a pair of them so we could see what they can do. The GeLid Icy Vision (GC-VGA02-01) is available from several outlets with prices ranging from $30.99 to $54.99 USD. When the Gelid Icy vision coolers arrived they were stuffed into a box that wasn't quite big enough for them. Once we removed them we noticed some slight damage to the plastic packaging but nothing to cause concern.
You can really get bogged down in the pros and cons of opting for an aftermarket GPU cooler. Cooling kits, like this here Icy Vision Rev 2 from Gelid, are a great way to reduce temperatures and free up some extra overclocking potential. But despite their obvious benefits they're tricky to recommend to everyone. Firstly, it depends on whether you are simply looking to upgrade from the stock cooler that's attached to your existing card, or are looking into buying a stock card and third-party cooler as an alternative to a post-reference, factory-overclocked graphics card like EVGA's GTX 560 Ti DS. The big difficulty is that buying a stock GTX 560 Ti and this Gelid cooling kit works out more expensive than simply bagging the EVGA card on its own. And you don't have to fiddle around with screwdrivers if you just opt for the factory-overclocked option. That still doesn't make it a nobrainer, though. The real kicker here is the extra performance. We installed this Icy Vision Rev 2 kit to a stock GTX 560 Ti and compared it to EVGA's 'super overclocked' version. Gelid's kit on the reference card took all the spoils – stable core clockspeeds above 1,000MHz, memory running at 4,200MHz, and load temperatures that never exceeded 55°C.
You know what "they" say. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. What comes up, must come down. The hotter the GPU, the harder it is to cool. Well, I snuck that last one in, but it couldn't be more true in today's GPU market, especially when overclocking. One company trying to help keep things under control is GELID with its Rev. 2 Icy Vision GPU cooler. It has been a while since a GPU cooler has been reviewed so I am really looking forward to the results. The Rev. 2 supports a wide array of reference cards from both NVIDIA and AMD. With out-of-the-box support for the last four generations of GPUs from NVIDIA, including the new GTX 550 Ti and super-powerful GTX 580, GELID plans to release a VRM cooling kit next month that will allow full compatibility with AMD's Radeon HD 6950 and HD 6970. As it stands right now, only higher-end AMD Radeon HD 4800, 5800 and 6800 cards are supported. The design of the blades in the dual 92mm UV reactive fans is what grabbed my attention immediately. The specifications claim that the S-design allows for up to 20% more air to be pushed. These fans are attached to plastic brackets that clip onto the aluminum cooling fins for a secure fit.
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