I will be reviewing one of the most cooled items in the entire
case, besides the processor. That would be the video card. At
first no video cards had fans or heatsinks on them. Then they
started to get faster and hotter which required them to have
a heatsink. Now some manufacturers are even including a heatsink/fan
combo on the video card. As you can tell from above the video
card is one of the hottest parts of the system. If it is not
cooled properly there is a good chance that it will die out,
even when its not being overclocked.
has lead many cooling companies to produce video card coolers
for 2 main reasons. People want a longer lasting better cooled
video card, and overclockability. The latter reason is the much
bigger one though. The video card is one of the easiest parts
of the system to overclock. There are tons of programs out there
that let you overclock it on the fly.
your video card seems to have become a computer pastime. The
reason the video card is the easiest part of the system to overclock
is because it doesnít affect anything else when you overclock
it. It canít hurt anything else either. When you overclock your
processor, you overclock the FSB, which in turn, overclock the
PCI and AGP Bus, and the Hard Drive. When you overclock the
processor there are a lot of factors besides the processor in
determining whether or not it will work. In the video card there
is only three, which all pertain to the card itself. How much
heat it produces, how well its cooled, and the video cardís
limits. What I mean by the last one is that every video card
is different. You can have a super-cooled video card that wonít
overclock and one with just a factory heatsink that overclocks
like crazy. I will now do the best to explain what I mean.
take 2 runners for example and think of them like 2 video cards.
They both can run 10mph in 100F weather, but only one can (overclock)go
15mph. No matter how much cooler the weather is the other runner
canít brake 10mph. Every video card is like this. Some naturally
can go much higher than the specified speed while other will
have a tough time breaking anything. This has to do with yields
with is a big complicated process which I tried to simplify
with my runner analogy. If you have a better one email me and
I will post it.