Het volk van DangerousDog heeft een artikel on-line geparkeerd waarin men een aantal chipset koelers met elkaar vergelijkt. Aan de beurt komen de volgende koelertjes: de Thermaltake Blue Orb, de GlobalWin FA420, de GlobalWin LAC08, de Zalman ZM17CU, de Geforce 256 DDR's Stock Unit en de Hercules 3DProphet II MX DDR's Stock Unit. Deze koelers werden allemaal bevestigd op een Geforce 256 DDR gebaseerde kaart.
De Globalwin FA420 (AS II) weet met zijn 5000 RPM en een airflow van 5,14 CFM de andere koelers te verslaan. Het verschil met de Thermaltake Blue Orb is echter niet zo heel groot (0,7 graden Celcius idle, 0,4 graden Celcius full load):
Looking at the MX's passive sink, it's not hard to see that the lack of fan hurts performance badly, due to the lower heat output of the MX, it doesn't really need one, but on this hot beast of a card, the small passive cooler isn't sufficient. The other passive cooler, the Zalman unit, has a much larger surface area so that case cooling can be more effective at cooling the card, however, under load, performance still isn't too great, but considering that it makes no noise (a common complaint about the Blue Orbs), it's actually quite a nice unit.
The DDR's stock unit and the Globalwin LAC08 suffer from small, low output fans, which just aren't as efficient as the larger FA420's fan, thus forcing performance to suffer. Finally, you'll see that I included results with the FA420 using both frag tape and the famous Arctic Silver II on a lapped surface, the results show what a difference a good connection between the core and HS can actually make, if you're serious about you're cooling, lapping and the use of a quality thermal compound are pretty essential. This is something that you should bare in mind with the Blue Orb which isn't of the highest quality finish when you pull it out of the box, for this reason, I'd recommend the Globalwin FA420 if you're after the best cooling, and the Zalman unit if you're after a quiet system which also enjoying reasonably good performance. The Blue Orb may be a good choice if you can be bothered to lap it and want something that looks great through your case window, but overall I'd call the Globalwin FA420 the winner.