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NV Silencer 1 Review
Review Date 11/17/04
Newegg.com Price $21.99 USD Purchase link Newegg.com
Recommended Retail Price (excl. VAT):29 USD / 24 EUR
-NV Silencer 1
A requirement for using this aftermarket cooler is that you have the immediate PCI slot underneath the AGP slot free. Although this may prove an issue for small form factor PC's, the mid-tower case we use had plenty of room for the NV Silencer. A good rule of thumb for anyone building a PC is to leave the first PCI slot empty, as it helps airflow, and aids the VGA cooler in doing it's job. Another consideration is that by installing this part, you probably will be voiding the manufacturer's warranty on the video card. This only becomes a major concern if you attempt to overclock the video card to the stratosphere and permanently damage the card. If installed according to the directions, and carefully, you won't have any issues.
After I had installed the video card and closed up the case, I booted the PC up and immediately checked the system temperatures. I noticed an immediate drop of 5 degrees Celsius in the system temperature. Unfortunately, the GeForce 4 Ti4200 does not have an onboard temperature sensor, so I am going to demonstrate the NV Silencer by max overclock. The stock frequencies of the GeForce 4 Ti4200 in my system was 250 MHz Core, and 513 MHz Memory. I was able to push the video card incrementally to 300 MHz Core and 600 MHz Memory
stably! I used Quake III Arena and FarCry over a period of a few hours and experienced not a single artifact. I was astounded by the results I was able to achieve with this aftermarket cooler.
Installation, even for inexperienced modders
Silent -Low Cost -Excellent
-Extremely Long Warranty
-Impedes access to AGP slot holding clip when installed -Requires free PCI slot under the AGP slot -Removal instructions of stock heatsink a little generic
With a very easy installation, immediate results, and well above average performance, I give the NV Silencer 1 from Arctic-Cooling 6 stars out of 6. I highly recommend this product to anyone who has a GeForce 4 Ti series or FX 5700. You will not be disappointed with the results.
Rating 6 out of 6 Stars Perfect score!!!!!!
Review date 11/17/04
Reviewer Ludic (Zynon)
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