Friday, May 15th 2009

Akasa Readies Freedom Force Universal VGA Cooler

Akasa is readying a new graphics card cooler for the consumer segment, this time touting support for almost all current single-GPU graphics cards. The Akasa Freedom Force was first pictured at the CeBIT event. It measures 190(L) x 107.5(W) x 55(H), and weighs in at 440 g. Its design consists of a GPU contact block that doubles up as a heatsink, from which four aluminum heatpipes convey heat to two aluminum fin blocks on either side of the GPU block. Each block is subject to air-flow by its own white LED-lit fan that spins at 2200 rpm. The GPU block has mount holes for 43.2 mm, 53.2 mm, and 61.5 mm cooler mounts. Also bundled are nine memory chip heatsinks. The cooler supports one of the broadest range of GPUs, including NVIDIA GeForce GTX 200 (GTX 260, 275, 280, 285), ATI Radeon HD 4000/3000/2000, GeForce 9/8/7 series, etc. A word of caution however, would be that the cooler doesn't pack VRM heatsinks, or heatsinks for NVIO display processors featured on G200(b) and G80 based graphics cards. It will reach retail in about a month's time, and is expected to be priced at 30 EUR (US $40.5).


Source: CPUsers.gr
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26 Comments on Akasa Readies Freedom Force Universal VGA Cooler

#1
Cheeseball
Ooh, nice, quad heatpipes. :o

Akasa's pretty good. I've used their "IceQ"-like cooler on one of my 8600GT experiments before. 76C stock down to around ~55C. And that was from 540/700 (linked shaders) to 720/1000.
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#2
Parad0x
Please excuse my ignorance but how someone could mount this cooler on a 9800GX2 present in the compatibility list?
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#3

Because it can be mounted to the GX2 perhaps? On one core, maybe, but still, the mounting holes tally up and that what its trying to say by showing the mounting hole diagram to the left :toast:

I had an Akasa Vortexx NEO on my 8800GT, absolutely spot on cooler, almost as good as an S1 and looks just as good - if I hadnt recently bolted this HR03 to my 260 this would definately be my first choice :toast:
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#5
alexp999
Staff
How can it be dubbed universal and fittings for GT200s when it doesnt even have the VRm sinks!
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#6
mdm-adph
by: Parad0x
Please excuse my ignorance but how someone could mount this cooler on a 9800GX2 present in the compatibility list?
Cut the card in two and use only one of the PCB's.
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#7
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
I wonder how long this would take to appear in the UK markets.
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#8
twicksisted
by: alexp999
How can it be dubbed universal and fittings for GT200s when it doesnt even have the VRm sinks!
yeah well i diddnt realise this when i got the akasa neo for my 4870 and broke it because of that fact!!!

the heatsink for the memory & gpu is fine but theres nothing but air to cool the VRM section!
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#9
mithrandir
by: FreedomEclipse
I wonder how long this would take to appear in the UK markets.
I hope soon and at a decent price!
This looks good
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#10
HellasVagabond
Which part looks good ? The AKASA fans ? The fact that it does not support the cards that it says it supports ? Perhaps the fact that it has no VRM heatsink ?

You want GPU Air Cooling you go to Arctic Cooling.
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#11

^ that made me laugh :laugh:

Have you heard how poor the VRM solution is with the Acellero Extreme 280?
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twicksisted
by: HellasVagabond
Which part looks good ? The AKASA fans ? The fact that it does not support the cards that it says it supports ? Perhaps the fact that it has no VRM heatsink ?

You want GPU Air Cooling you go to Arctic Cooling.
actually the artic cooling twin turbo with its crappy heatsinks killed another 4870 card aswell...
i dont think that these lgihtweight coolers can take the strain of a 4870 / 4890 card atall and wont be trying one soon
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#13
sLowEnd
by: kyle2020
^ that made me laugh :laugh:

Have you heard how poor the VRM solution is with the Acellero Extreme 280?
Yeah, the thermal pads are way too thick
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#14
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
Does it come with the game???!!??

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#16
Hayder_Master
ok 40$ , how much be better than asus coolers , or sapphire toxic cooler
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#17
twicksisted
by: hayder.master
ok 40$ , how much be better than asus coolers , or sapphire toxic cooler
well lets just put it this way..... try that on your 4870 with no extra aftermarket vrm cooling and youll kill your card in 24hours
you wont notice at first as the gpu and mem temps are a bit lower than stock, but after having the card artifact and fchecking in GPUtool youll see the VRM's sitting at 130+ like i did ;)
dead card.... if you get this get the zalman mem and vrm heatsinks... then im sure itll be fine... on its own .. NO
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#18
Hayder_Master
by: twicksisted
well lets just put it this way..... try that on your 4870 with no extra aftermarket vrm cooling and youll kill your card in 24hours
you wont notice at first as the gpu and mem temps are a bit lower than stock, but after having the card artifact and fchecking in GPUtool youll see the VRM's sitting at 130+ like i did ;)
dead card.... if you get this get the zalman mem and vrm heatsinks... then im sure itll be fine... on its own .. NO
my SAPPHIRE 4870 1Gis non reference cooler , im sure you know it it is look toxic cooler but not same , i overclock it at 800/1000 7/24 right now not set 70% cooler speed yet and my max temp under 80c
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#19
Kursah
I hope they have some sort of VRM and NVIO chip cooling solution, if this is released before AC's Xtreme GTX cooler in the states I may be very tempted to grab it. I'm sick of waiting, I think the HR03 is overpriced, but the AC is supposed to be in a similar price range so I'm kind of just waiting to see it released and a sale happen. Though this cooler looks promising, I'd have to see some more results before I was sold. That and it's price point better be good.

I can't complain about the GTX's stock cooling, used since July of last year, but with overclocking and needing up to 75% fan speed is getting old with trying to have a quieter rig on air cooling. Come to think of it, this GTX260 is the first card to last this long on stock cooling without the cooling being modified/replaced...that alone is pretty impressive imo (for me at least!).

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Im a silence freak (anything over 22db is undearable) so I had to get rid of my 260's stock cooling, it had to run at 80% whilst gaming and even with my headset on I wanted to kick it in the head with my fist.

Got the HR-03 GTX and its EPIC. looks amazing, cools even better - I used to idle at around 52 degrees and load at 78 - 90 degrees - I now idle at anything from 29 degrees to 36 degrees and load, up to this date, I have never gone above 50 degrees.
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#21
TheGuruStud
The name is enough of a turn off for me.
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#22
Kursah
by: kyle2020
Im a silence freak (anything over 22db is undearable) so I had to get rid of my 260's stock cooling, it had to run at 80% whilst gaming and even with my headset on I wanted to kick it in the head with my fist.

Got the HR-03 GTX and its EPIC. looks amazing, cools even better - I used to idle at around 52 degrees and load at 78 - 90 degrees - I now idle at anything from 29 degrees to 36 degrees and load, up to this date, I have never gone above 50 degrees.
I wanted to kick it in the head with my fist. :laugh::roll::laugh: :toast:

That made me laugh man, haha I've been there before! ATM my card stays below 70C at OC'd clocks w/64% fan speed, but with temps rising, that won't last long. I'll have to ramp back up to 80%, which still isn't nearly as bad as 100%. I've contemplated the HR03, but I've heard the VRM sucks, but I've also heard that with AC's Accelero GTX cooler. How's that part of it for ya? I'm not much for the looks of it anymore, I do like the Accelero's appearance in comparison. If I could find one at a decent price I may consider it, I do have some spare 120mm fans laying around. Any pricing on this Akasa? I do agree that the name is lame, but if it's performance is good and there's a good price point, it won't matter what it's called it'll be popular...but we'll have to wait and see if it's worth it's price or not.

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#23
my_name_is_earl
Hope this perform better than the DUO orb VGA because I'm still hesitating.
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#24
CyberDruid
What is with all the gay ass names for coolers. The MSI Frozr? The Akasa Freedom Force? The hell is going on? Did they use up all the good names already?
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