New Thunderbolt Edition Graphics Card from Zotac

Zotac, a well-known designer of graphics solutions, has developed a unique in design graphics card. Entitled Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt, this card is heading a new Thunderbolt Edition series that is considered to be a more affordable product than Extreme series. The novice is equipped with an original PCB and an effective cooling system.



Zotac GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt is primarily characterized by a unique cooling system that consists of a large aluminum heatsink, three cooper heat pipes which get in contact with GPU from one side, and a couple of 100 mm fans. It should be mentioned that Zotac developers have realized a dedicated Eclean technology in their card that enables a hassle-free demounting of fans and top cover with the purpose of cleaning the cooler from dust.


GK106 chip, designed on Kepler architecture under 28 nm technological process, functions as the basic element in GeForce GTX 660 Thunderbolt card. It involves 960 CUDA cores and operates at 980 MHz …

HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2: Graphics Card with an Offbeat Cooler

HIS has recently replenished its Radeon R9 series of graphics cards with a new model – the Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2. Based on AMD Hawaii Pro chip, this card is a combination of an ultimate efficiency and an offbeat design. The integrated GPU runs at an etalon frequency — 947 MHz. No changes have been incorporated into the frequency mode of GDDR5 memory: the 4 GB memory with 512-bus interface runs at nominal/effective 1250/5000 MHz frequency.



The major peculiarity pertained to the model is the employment of a proprietary two-slot cooler, codenamed IceQ X2. It consists of a spacious copper base (40x47.5 mm), a large aluminum heatsink, a pair of 89 mm fans, and five nickel-plated heatpipes: 2x 8 mm and 3x 6 mm. The cooler also accommodates additional heatspreaders, which dissipate heat in memory and VRM sections. Moreover, the framework boasts a dedicated stiffening plate that reduces loading on the printed circuit board.


To continue, HIS Radeon R9 290 IceQ X2 comes with two …

ID-Cooling Hunter Duet II Liquid Cooling System

ID-Cooling, being famous for its cooling systems, has released a Hunter Duet II cooler of large dimensions, which is supposed to transfer heat from the CPU and the graphics engine surfaces. This model is designed with a 360 mm heat sink, which is of great benefit to its efficiency factor.



The construction includes two water units with a base out of copper and built-in pumps, pipes in braided cable, the three-section aluminum 395 × 120 × 27 mm heat sink, three 120 mm fans, and an extraordinary framework with a 90 mm fan to blow over graphics card load-bearing elements and intensive plates for the CPU and GPU.


Though possessing similar construction, water units differ in lids design and the location of holes for liquid flow. At the moment their inner structure details are not available.

A compact fan to blow over VRM consumes 1.2 W. Its rotary speed is not higher than 1,500 rpm. The same ratio of each of the three main fans is not supposed to exceed 1,500–2,000 rpm.

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