Friday, June 11th 2010

GELID Launches Icy Vision VGA Cooler

Thermal Solutions specialist GELID Solutions unveils its multi-compatible VGA Cooler “ICY VISION” of its GAMER product line. The “ICY VISION” cooler contains 5 power heatpipes in a unique heatpipe constellation. The heatpipes are interlaced into 85 optimized high-quality Aluminium fins. Together with a flat stack fin soldered Copper base, they enable the most efficient heat transmission and dissipation from GPU core in its class.

Besides the heatsink, two 92mm UV-reactive fans with 11 blades in S-shape generate 20% more air flow than traditional fans. The fan contains a high-quality ball bearing to ensure a longer lifetime in high temperature environments. The “ICY VISION” is both CrossFire and SLI compatible on a number of cards. Ram and Voltage Regulator Module cooling components as well as the high performance GC-2 thermal compound are included in the package.

“We have spent over 1 year developing our first VGA cooler. So much thought has gone into creating this product that we hope overclockers will be as excited as I am about the ICY Vision,“ said Gebhard Scherrer, co-founder and Sales Director of GELID Solutions Ltd.

The “ICY VISION” VGA cooler is available by end of June 2010 and has a MSRP of USD 55 or Euro 46.

Compatibility: ATI HD4850/ HD4870 / HD4890 / HD5850 / HD5870 & NVIDIA 9800GT / 9800GTX
GTS250 / GTX260 / 275 / 280 / 285 / GTX465 / GTX470 & GTX480.
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15 Comments on GELID Launches Icy Vision VGA Cooler

#1
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
I wouldn't be surprised if it offers mediocre performance but I like the look of it, a little disappointed there isn't any 5770 support.
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#2
LAN_deRf_HA
Aren't they the ones that make those fans of similar quality and price as Noctua's... you know, minus the kiddy vomit color scheme. You'd think their coolers would be similarly good as well.
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#3
fochkoph
Nice looking cooler, would like to see how it stacks up against the VF3000. I just wish manufacturers would stop using hideous transparent fans that look brittle and cheap. Why couldn't they just stick with the white and black scheme of their normal case fan line-up.
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#4
fochkoph
by: InnocentCriminal
I didn't think GeIL made fans, only RAM - saying that they do make some interesting RAM coolers.
I don't think GELID and GeIL are related. :p
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#5
eidairaman1
coolers of this design are too common nowadays, i think id rather have a solid copper heatsink without pipes and a fan. At the time AC came out with the VGA Silencer- it is still used today but it was an Ideal design. I also think Temperature sensors on a card are pretty useless, as manual controls seems to work better than software control.
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#6
OnBoard
Price is a bit high, but depends on the heatsinks (mainly VRM sinks for GTX2x0, HD 48x0, HD 58x0) provided, as it has such a wide compatibility. If it plugs to the card with 4pin pwm header, then it beats Zalman. Else would rather get one of those, seems higher quality for same price.
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pr0n Inspector
by: eidairaman1
coolers of this design are too common nowadays, i think id rather have a solid copper heatsink without pipes and a fan. At the time AC came out with the VGA Silencer- it is still used today but it was an Ideal design. I also think Temperature sensors on a card are pretty useless, as manual controls seems to work better than software control.
Solid copper's thermal conductivity is no where near that of a heat pipe, that's why heat pipes are so popular.
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#8
HillBeast
by: InnocentCriminal
I wouldn't be surprised if it offers mediocre performance but I like the look of it, a little disappointed there isn't any 5770 support.
5770s are just too short. The core is too close the the rear of the case. If they supported it then on cards like a 5870, it will stick over the edge to far.

by: eidairaman1
coolers of this design are too common nowadays, i think id rather have a solid copper heatsink without pipes and a fan. At the time AC came out with the VGA Silencer- it is still used today but it was an Ideal design. I also think Temperature sensors on a card are pretty useless, as manual controls seems to work better than software control.
Full copper doesn't work as good as one would think. Copper hold the heat in too much and can't expell it. Copper heatpipes + aluminium fins is actually about as good as you can get. As for the software control being no good, it's because of the BIOS. The BIOS controls fan speed. The sensors are accurate, it's just programmed to let itself get hot.
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#9
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
this is potentially the same design as the Arctic Silencer Xtreme series with the 3rd fan cut off. I think it looks quite promising.
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#10
my_name_is_earl
Why wait, the Zalman VF3000a is available on newegg. A short @ss review is also on youtube.
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#13
SirMango
The 92mm fans don't seem to be replaceable on the Icy Vision. I don't approve coolers like that...

But the fin spacing looks pretty good though. I hope it works well under low airflow conditions.
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#14
eidairaman1
the fan units are replaceable, just gotta figure out way to mount them to the sink
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#15
OnBoard
by: OnBoard
Price is a bit high, but depends on the heatsinks (mainly VRM sinks for GTX2x0, HD 48x0, HD 58x0) provided, as it has such a wide compatibility. If it plugs to the card with 4pin pwm header, then it beats Zalman. Else would rather get one of those, seems higher quality for same price.
(I like quoting my self :P) Seems price is OK with the supplied extras.

Does come with A LOT of heatsinks and proper VRM sink for 48x0/58x0
http://www.gelidsolutions.com/images/products/large/IMG_9584_600_400.gif

Also fan header is 4pin pwm to the graphics card or with the included adapter to 3pin/molex. So beats Zalman with PWM fans and card controlled fan speed.

Installation PDFs here: http://www.gelidsolutions.com/products/index.php?lid=1&cid=17&id=52&tab=1
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