The Card Cooler

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A nifty way to enhance system cooling and an attractive addition to any case – Joe

SUMMARY: A nifty way to enhance system cooling and an attractive addition to any case.

Card Cooler

The good guys at The Card Cooler were nice enough to send a sample of the The Card Cooler XT 4-Pin to try out (available with LEDs in blue, green and red or without). The Card Cooler is a simple idea well executed. Readers know that moving air inside a case is essential for good cooling.

The Card Cooler XT features two 120 mm ball bearing fans, spec’d at 2.4 watts each, 138 cfm total, 2400 rpm, 35.5db/fan – two fans running will be slightly noisier. The Card Cooler attaches to two screws on the PCI slots – this aims the fans at both PCI cards and the CPU/Northbridge complex. As many Northbridge coolers are fanless, moving air through this air should keep things a bit cooler.

In addition, with RAM getting faster, moving more air over the memory slots should be a top priority (as well as removing those dumb clam shell “coolers”), and the Card Cooler can do this quite nicely.

I should point out the Card Cooler moves air inside the case – it’s not a substitute for getting cooling air into the case.

Card Cooler

In my case – terrific night light!

I installed the Card Cooler in one of my cases – took all of two minutes. This pic above shows the lighting effect – blue is very soothing (my wife happened to wander in and said “Oh – how pretty!). I measured noise at 56 dBA (8” from the fans) – this is fairly low; with a cover on (I never use a cover) it should not be noticeably noisy.

Air flow was noticeably increased – the fans move a good amount of air in the case. In addition, as you can see from the pic, the fans pretty much cover the motherboard to enhance cooling.

CONCLUSIONS

The Card Cooler is a nifty way to enhance system cooling and can be an attractive addition to any case – a good addition to enhance cooling for passively cooled components.

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