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Bron: 3D Rage

In deel 2 van 3D Rage's cooling guide bespreken ze het koelen van je videokaart. Ze gaan in op verscheidene koelers, waaronder 'The Card Cooler' en de 'Stealth V3 Fighter'. De review kun je hier vinden.

Video card cooling is extremely similar to that of CPU cooling, with the same principles and basic procedures. As said before, a heatsink is currently the most efficient way to transfer and dissipate the heat that is generated from the video card's chipset, and a fan is a good idea to cool the heatsink and disperse the heat, as you don't want that radiating heat making your system hotter than it already is. Space is also a major consideration when cooling a video card. This is because unlike a CPU, which has a nice, large interface and allows extremely large heatsinks and fans to be utilized, the video card must share space with other peripherals, and the space between them is pretty tight. Even with an extra PCI slot open(which is not too common these days), the space is not substantial, so we must utilize much smaller heatsinks and fans in order to cool our video cards, as well as some other third party devices that do not attach to the card at all. Before choosing a cooler, remember that many heatsink and fans will only work with a certain video card or line of video cards, and many manufacturers do not consider third party devices when producing their cards.

Adhesive pads are perhaps the simplest way of attaching a heatsink and fan to your video card, but over time the heat can slowly cause the device to detach over time, which could wind up with an extremely hot video card that could be damaged. When a particular unit was made for device however, you may find small holes which will easily accept the screws or other pins of a third party device, which is much more secure than an adhesive.

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