Friday, April 10th 2009

ASUS Formula Series VGA Coolers Detailed

PC Hardware giant ASUS is preparing a the Formula series graphics card air-coolers. The coolers in several shapes and sizes, are designed to streamline air-flow to achieve better cooling performance, and overclocking headroom, as ASUS puts it.

The most distinctive features of these coolers are the F1 car-shaped shrouds, and almost centrally-located, dust-proof fans that blow air onto aluminum fins, or radially-projecting heatsinks. The coolers first caught the eyes of the press during the CeBIT event.

A presentation by ASUS dealing has been sourced by Expreview, that reveals the company's claims of the cooler providing better distribution and dissipation of heat, and quieter operation in comparison to other coolers. It is unclear at this point in time, whether ASUS markets these coolers "as is", or as parts of their graphics cards.


Source: Expreview
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23 Comments on ASUS Formula Series VGA Coolers Detailed

#1
alexp999
Staff
So Asus are finally releasing their coolers as retail products!!! :D

More companies should do this.

Or is it just what they will be using on their own :(
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#2
Assassin48
by: alexp999
So Asus are finally releasing their coolers as retail products!!! :D

More companies should do this.

Or is it just what they will be using on their own :(
I think they are just selling the coolers
they look pretty neat especially for a F1 Ferrari Project PC:D:D
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#4
manicdan
am i the only one to think this is a marketing gimmick?

i dont get how fans can be dust proof, and i dont think thermal dissipation across the heatsink fins really means anything about the cooling capacity if the airflow is being reduced. and finnaly it puts air back in the case. 200W being pushed around other things is a "no way" for most of us, especially if xfire or sli is in question.
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#5
phanbuey
by: manicdan
am i the only one to think this is a marketing gimmick?

i dont get how fans can be dust proof, and i dont think thermal dissipation across the heatsink fins really means anything about the cooling capacity if the airflow is being reduced. and finnaly it puts air back in the case. 200W being pushed around other things is a "no way" for most of us, especially if xfire or sli is in question.
Lol I was just thinking that... Dust proof fan. Get the hell outta here. Even if the doesn't stick to the fan, if there is any airflow over the fins, then there is dust flowing over the fins :wtf:
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#6
mlee49
Well it does cool the card, but releases heat into most peoples system.
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#7
manicdan
looking at the photo, the card itself is hotter, and you can see red spots on the mobo. cool fins does not mean cool gpu, and some numbers would be nice too.
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#8
zads
by: manicdan
am i the only one to think this is a marketing gimmick?
without a doubt. :laugh:
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#9
Altered
Same cooler as mine with a new piece of plastic and the copper exposed on the heatpipes?


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#10
TreadR
If they would only release the MATRIX coolers instead.
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#11
EastCoasthandle
by: manicdan
am i the only one to think this is a marketing gimmick?

i dont get how fans can be dust proof, and i dont think thermal dissipation across the heatsink fins really means anything about the cooling capacity if the airflow is being reduced. and finnaly it puts air back in the case. 200W being pushed around other things is a "no way" for most of us, especially if xfire or sli is in question.
Was thinking the exact same thing. So, no you are not the only one who things this is a marketing gimmick. The dust proof fan just doesn't make any sense in their slide.
Thermals don't show you what the actual temps are. And most importantly, no real life test results. If they say this cools better were are the idle and load temp results? Where are the noise test results?
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#12
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
This kind of cooler would be perfect in my HAF 932.

Im liking the cooler.
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#13
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
Its a marketting gimmick - what it is (or what it looks like at least) is a Artic Cooling Twin Turbo Cooler with the 2 fans ripped off & melted into a shape of an F1 car & 1 'big' fan. though it does seen to have more fins & their more tightly packed together but the A.C concept is there
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#14
ascstinger
meh looks like a zalman with a shroud... and the fact air isnt directed outside the case doesnt interest me in the slightest
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#15
tkpenalty
by: manicdan
am i the only one to think this is a marketing gimmick?

i dont get how fans can be dust proof, and i dont think thermal dissipation across the heatsink fins really means anything about the cooling capacity if the airflow is being reduced. and finnaly it puts air back in the case. 200W being pushed around other things is a "no way" for most of us, especially if xfire or sli is in question.
by: phanbuey
Lol I was just thinking that... Dust proof fan. Get the hell outta here. Even if the doesn't stick to the fan, if there is any airflow over the fins, then there is dust flowing over the fins :wtf:
by: zads
without a doubt. :laugh:
Wow you guys don't really try to understand what they're saying before making conclusions...

By dust proof they mean that the gap between fan and the fan frame is almost nonexistent. That gap is commonly where dust will kill a fan's bearing, and is a PIA to clean, thus making the fan have a dust-proof bearing. It does not mean that the fan doesn't spin, or that the plastic doesn't collect dust.

But yeah that shroud is just stupid. They should instead have just bolted on two or even three fans arctic cooling twin-turbo style. Note that those look like 8mm heatpipes which means that this is potentially a potent cooler. Shrouds don't work well with such low amounts of airflow.

F1 style? F1 isn't engaging in air manipulation sorcery anymore.
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#16
my_name_is_earl
That's hot. It might not sell well because by the time it releases most of us already own the crapy reference manufacture cooler. I always ended up buy the reference board because it was release early. It took Asus like a month or so to release the Dark Knight cooler and I could of buy that instead. What I was thinking was, manufacture never release these aftermarket cooler unless the card they planing to put it on selling slow. It suck for us early birds.
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#17
Esse
Looks like a Dark Knight cooler to me with a F1 look-a-like shroud.
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#18
Altered
by: Esse
Looks like a Dark Knight cooler to me with a F1 look-a-like shroud.
Exactly my thoughts.
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#19
ShinyG
The thermal image shows the same part of the card being just as hot as the one with the stock cooler. The only difference I see is that the F1-shaped plastic acts as a thermal barrier and blocks the heat so the thermal imaging camera doesn't pick it up :))
On another note:
I subscribe, give us the Matrix cooler ASUS!
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#20
Hayder_Master
too many sides for air way in and out , it is very nice design but with some upgrade for duct will be more efficient with air current
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#21
SpatialAnomaly
This is the kind of product that would appeal to people who had racing-car shaped beds when they were kids.
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#22
Altered
by: SpatialAnomaly
This is the kind of product that would appeal to people who had racing-car shaped beds when they were kids.
I got that same impression.
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#23
iamverysmart
The thermal image to me actually looks worse then the stock lol.
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