Nvidia GeForce Graphics Cards
Here we only have one competitor left, besides the reference cooler - Thermalright Shaman, because Arctic Cooling Accelero XTREME 5970 cannot be installed onto Nvidia GeForce GTX 570 and we didn’t have any other cooler available to us at this time. Here are the obtained results:
Just like with Radeon HD 6970, Setsugen 2 failed to cope with cooling our GeForce GTX 570: the GPU temperature was way too high. The interesting thing is that the GPU temperature in Aliens vs. Predator game also reached 87°C under Scythe Setsugen 2 at 1000 RPM of its default fan, which is not an acceptable temperature under an alternative cooler, especially in a regular gaming test.
Since we have already tested the acoustic performance of all the fans participating in our today’s session, we won’t discuss it here again.
Although Scythe Setsugen 2 can cool not very hot graphics accelerators from the mainstream and entry-level price segments and at the same time produce very little noise, we still feel that this cooler is not a success for several reasons.
First of all, there are obvious issues with the cooler heatsink design, such as dense heatpipe packs inside the heatsink body, extremely thick base plate without the grooves for the heatpipes, use of thermal glue instead of soldering and last but not least small effective heatsink surface size (it is too thin). Secondly, universal cooler is a great thing, but the installation procedure (which is identical for all graphics cards) is so inconvenient that at times you get really mad about those engineers who designed this retention featuring thin screws and tiny holes, which require sniper-precision and extreme patience during assembly.
Thirdly, we consider the MSRP of Scythe Setsugen 2 to be a little too high for the cooling efficiency it provides. Had it been priced at $30 or less, it could have been regarded as an alternative to reference coolers on mainstream and entry-level graphics cards. However, today you cannot find Setsugen 2 for less than $40. So, summing everything up, Scythe Setsugen 2 is in our opinion an inconveniently universal cooler with average efficiency, adjustable acoustics and high price.