GELID Icy Vision Dual Fan VGA Cooler

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GELID Icy Vision Dual Fan VGA Cooler

August 30, 2010 by Lawrence Lee

Product GELID Icy Vision
GPU Cooler
Manufacturer GELID Solutions
Street Price ~US$55

GELID is a manufacturer that we believe is on its way up. Though it currently lacks the name recognition of its progenitor, GELID seems to follow Arctic Cooling's fundamentally strong design principles and quiet computing philosophy, only with a flashier style. The GELID products we've reviewed so far, the Silent Spirit and Slim Silence, are affordable, quiet cooling solutions, but certainly not high performing by any stretch of the imagination.

GELID Icy Vision vs. PowerColor Radeon HD 4890.

The Icy Vision, on the other hand, is an ambitious VGA cooler which GELID claims can tackle some of the hottest single GPU cards on the market including the Radeon HD 5870 and GeForce GTX 480. Though it may be a quiet product, absolute cooling proficiency is the name of the game here and the Icy Vision has all the right tools to excel in this area. The heatsink has 5 heatpipes, a pair of 92 mm fans, and weighs almost a pound; it's not particularly impressive for a heatsink cooling a CPU, but fairly massive for a GPU.

Included accessories.

Along with the hardware to mount the cooler itself, GELID provides an impressive array of heatsinks for 16 RAM chips, the NVIO chip on Nvidia cards, and voltage regulators. One notable inclusion is a one-piece VRM heatsink with a hard mounting scheme for a variety of cards from ATI's Radeon HD 4000/5000 series — this is typically absent from most GPU cooler packages. In addition, rather than having thermal adhesive pre-applied, thermal tape is attached to the heatsinks manually. Rounding out the package is a tube of thermal compound and a 3-pin/4-pin molex fan adapter cable.

GELID Icy Vision: Specifications
(from the product web page)
Air Flow (CFM / CMH): 67.14 / 114.13
Bearing: 1 Ball & 1 Sleeve
Cable Length (mm): 200
Current (A): 0.5 (0.25 / fan)
DC Voltage (V): 12
Fan Speed (RPM): 2000 (+/- 10%)
Fan: 2 x 9215 S-Shape UV Blue Fan
Heatsink Dimensions (mm): 216 L x 95 W x 52 H
Life Time MTTF at 40C (h): 50'000
Noise Level (dBA): max. 26
Static Pressure (mmAq): 1.3
Warranty (years): 5
Weight (g): 465
Supported Cards*
ATI™: HD4850, HD4870, HD4890, HD5830, HD5850 & HD5870
Nvidia™: 9800GT, 9800GTX, GTS250, GTX260, 275, 280, 285, GTX465, GTX470 & GTX480
The compatibility list is based on ATI & Nvidia's reference board layout ONLY. GELID Solutions holds no responsibility for incompatibility on nonstandard cards. Please refer to the height restriction drawing. All brands and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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