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Evercool Nighthawk VC-F117
By: Alex G
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    Table of Contents:
  • Evercool Nighthawk VC-F117
  • The Sleek Stealth Design
  • Packaging and Contents
  • The Old Heatsink
  • Out With the Old and In With the New
  • Testing: P4 478 vs VC F117
  • The Appearance
  • Conclusion

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    Evercool Nighthawk VC-F117 - The Old Heatsink

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    For this particular project I picked my old video card that I have been using just over a year now. It is a Chaintek Ti4200 AGP8x.

    The reason I picked it is because a while back, when I was pushing all the juice out of it, I fitted it with a self-rigged Pentium4 socket 478 heatsink. That replaced the original POS one that was sitting atop the GPU when I bought it. The project took me a little while at the time, but it was a success. After molesting the poor aluminum for a few hours and trying to find long screws to fit, it hasn't left the card until now.

    I preferred not to mess with it having doubts that anything else could really top its performance. After all, a P4 heatsink is fitted with a fan spinning at 3400 RPM with a whopping noise rating of up to 41 dBA.

    The F117 claims to have the speed of up to 3600 RPM but only with 18CFM, which isnít all that much for a good fan. But the stealth-like noise rating of less than 20dBA sounded really sweet. Given the fact that the card is older I was interested in how this new unit was going to stand against the monster I had sitting in there before.

    Here are a few pictures of the card that will undergo surgery.

    Notice that the memory had heatsinks on the chips as well, but they were slanted a bit because of the humongous size of the heatsink itself.

    And here is the picture of all three heatsinks this card has ever seen : Original Chaintek (what a joke), P4 478 and the new Evercool one.

    So can Evercool Beat the old P4 piece? Lets change it and find out. I did record the temperatures before changing it, so not to worry, the comparison will be clear.

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