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Conclusion

Of course, Thermalright Spitfire is undoubtedly the most efficient air cooler for the fastest and hottest graphics accelerators out there. This massive heatsink is not afraid of high graphics card clock speeds or the “mean” FurMark test, which some GPU and graphics card makers do not recommend running at all. Together with Thermalright VRM-R5 heatsink and a quiet 140/120 mm fan, the new cooler will easily cope with seriously overclocked Radeon HD 5850 and HD 5870. As for the mainstream and low-end graphics solution, Thermalright Spitfire can cool them to comfortable temperatures even without any fan at all. As for compatibility with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 480, Thermalright has already announced that the new retention kit for this super-hot graphics accelerator is already available.

Despite Spitfire’s superb efficiency, we should always remember that all this is true only for an open testbed, large Full Tower system case, or for a system case with a removed side panel or a side panel with vent holes in it. This cooler can only be installed without any fans into a closed system case because of its humongous size. But even if you manage to close the side panel, its efficiency will be handicapped because of the weak airflow towards the fan. Moreover, when a graphics card with Thermalright Spitfire is installed into the first PCI-E slot on the mainboard, the heatsink makes it impossible to use any CPU coolers designed in the tower form-factor or tall top-coolers. And even if your mainboard has two fully-functional PCI-E slots, you may still be unable to fit a tower cooler onto your processor even if you move the graphics card into the lower PCI-E. On the other hand, since this cooler is targeted primarily at enthusiasts, many of them may have liquid-cooling systems installed and Thermalright Spitfire will be perfectly compatible with them. In other words, the compatibility issue we have discussed today is quite subjective.

So, what do we end up with here? On the one hand, the “heat terminator” - Thermalright Spitfire – is a very effective cooler, which is impossible to beat. But on the other hand, this efficiency will come at a price of $75, plus a large system case, low-profile processor cooler and maybe also a pricy mainboard with two PCI-E x16 slots in the very least. Altogether these components make a true enthusiast’s kit. Well, this is the choice you will have to make on your own. As for Thermalright VRM heatsinks, then we can definitely recommend all Radeon HD 58xx owners to use them. Just make sure that you replace thermal pads with thermal paste.

At this time we would like to award Thermalright Spitfire cooler with our Ultimate Innovation title as the absolutely most efficient graphics card cooling solution out there:

 
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