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Thermalright Spitfire & VRM-R5 VGA Cooler

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Posted May 24, 2010 by Jake in Cooling
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Introduction

Most overclockers use an aftermarket cooler for their overclocked processor. However, replacing a graphics card cooler is still seldom done because of the limited availability for non-reference design cards.  When we purchase the non-reference graphics card, it’s because we want better performance, and also usually because it tends to come with a better cooler. Powerful graphics cards generally produce high heat, but especially when overclocked.  Therefore, if you want to push the overclocking envelope then you need to have a better cooling solution.

One such product designed for improved graphics card cooling is the Thermalright Spitfire VGA Cooler and the VRM-R5 Voltage Regulator Heatsink. As we know, when overclocking a graphics card, it’s not simply enough to cool the GPU; you must also cool the VRMs. These products from Thermalright are designed for both components.

Thermalright is no stranger to overclockers the world over; their Ultra-120 was a legendary CPU cooler.  But Thermalright isn’t limited to CPU cooling, however, and the Spitfire and VRM-R5 are the latest in their product lineup to focus on top cooling performance for enthusiasts. Let’s take a closer look at these coolers and see just how well they perform on a flagship Radeon 5870 graphics card.

Thanks go to Thermalright for supplying the review sample.

"Thermalright is an elite design house that manufactures cooling products for computer components for the best quality and performance your money can buy. In 2002, AMD released its first generation Thunderbird CPU and since then we have been there every step of the way to counter high voltage and high heat with innovative design and highly acclaimed cooling solutions not only for AMD but for Intel as well. One of early well known solutions was the SK-6. With many positive and rave reviews under its belt Thermalright bolted to the top as the heat sink manufacturer mostly preferred by Overclockers and enthusiasts around the World. To this day, innovation never left our vocabulary as we keep coming up with leading edge designs staying ahead of the competition"

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