Graphics accelerators are getting hotter without a doubt. From ISA to PCI to AGP and now, PCIe, we’re seeing graphics accelerators supplied with gargantuan cooling compared to that of the last generation. Auxillary power has gone from a few amps off the 12V rail, to nearly tens of amps. Now, we’re just about to witness graphics accelerators pop up with two hungry-for-more PCIe power sockets. All these power translates to heat, whether you like it or not.
Mum said that my PC had talent. I didn’t know what she meant till I Googled “leaf blower.”
And heat is definitely not a good thing.
The hotter your electronic components get, the faster they drift off their original state towards death and malfunction. It also means that the small skimpy-like-bikini heatsinks manufacturers love to supply with their graphics accelerators need fast running, noisy fans to keep the GPU’s temperatures in check. The overclocking headroom for GPUs are compromised too, when insufficient cooling is available. You just ain’t getting your money’s worth.
Not good at all.
And all these woes of noise, longevity, and overclockability has created a niche industry dedicated to computer hardware cooling. Sytrin belongs to part of it, and today they’ve brought us the KuFormula VF1 Plus for some fun-and-games. Time for some elbow grease testing this baby out on a sizzling testbed!