Gainward today announced a cool’n’quiet cooling solution for its upcoming NVIDIA GeForce FX-series graphics cards. The product will have its own brand name Gainward CoolFX and will be sold separately from graphics cards themselves.
The Gainward CoolFX will include highly heat conductive metal alloy cooling blocks for the GPU as well as for the memory chips, according to the company. Gainward believes that traditional air-cooling solutions are not efficient anymore to cool down powerful next-generation graphics processors.
The Gainward’s cool’n’quiet CoolFX will keep the GPU and the high performance memory modules of a graphics card near to ambient temperature levels in order to run stable at up to 25% faster clock- rates, the company said in the announcement.
It was not said which graphics processors will be cooled down by the new solution, but we can be pretty sure that all the hype is about NVIDIA’s code-named NV35 graphics chip and possibly its derivatives.
The Gainward CoolFX will be available in May 2003 for “less than ?200 including VAT” (it probably means ?199) to run on Gainward’s next generation Gainward FX PowerPack! products.
To tell you the truth, with all the disadvantages air-cooling monsters like FlowFX bring to us water-cooling solutions may seem very interesting since they are quiet and can cool-down almost any graphics or central processing unit. The main problems of nearly all quality water-coolers is that they are pretty expensive (?200 is not a low price for a cooler, is it?) and only made to cool down graphics cards or CPUs of a certain design. Since graphics cards makers usually change PCB designs of their products at least once a year, it will be extremelly expensive to get a fast graphics card and a proper cool’n’quiet cooler eventually.
Be sure to read our own review of PC2PC Professional Water-Cooling Solution from Koolance.