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Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU Cooler

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:41 am

Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU Cooler

The Thermalright T-Rad2 is one of the toughest looking video card coolers on the market today with six nickel-plated heatpipes to transfer heat away from the GPU. With the option to mount two 92mm fans or a larger single 120mm fan this heat sink is unlike the one you used five years ago. Read on to see how this copper and nickel plated behemoth does!

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If you own a graphic card with an unbearably hot core then it might be time to drop a bit of coin on an aftermarket heatsink. This is imperative if you are one of the few enthusiasts that enjoy taking a soldering iron to your precious electronics. Priced at $52 the T-Rad2 is a bit on the expensive side considering how you'll most likely be attaching it to a card that costs two to three times the cost of the heatsink.


Article Title: Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card Cooler Review
Article URL: http://www.legitreviews.com/article/822/1/
Pricing At Time of Print: $53.99 at CrazyPC
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Re: Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU Cooler

Postby DX » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:47 am

HUGE!! And the compatibility chart says it works with the 9600gt =)
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Re: Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU Cooler

Postby Apoptosis » Wed Nov 05, 2008 7:52 am

Would have been nice to see the AMD Radeon stock heatsink with the fan at 100% does.

When I tested the GFXChilla I got a huge drop by just increasing the fan speed on the reference card and that is a free improvement... Might be interesting to see what free gets you before people consider fork over $54 plus shipping on a heat sink. Plus fan speed control is now in CCC in versions 8.10 and newer.

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If you get the time maybe this is something worth adding to the chart.
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Re: Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU Cooler

Postby Gomeler » Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:07 am

The one issue with increasing the fanspeed on single-slot coolers is the noise that is produced. The T-Rad2 + 120mm fan was silent while the HD4850 on the stock fan profile was a quite loud. Cranking it to 100% evokes memories of turbo-prop plane taking off :shock: If I have time I'll try to include the HD4850 heatsink at 100% but AirGas is dropping off 180L of LN2 in ~1 hour and my pouring arm is getting itchy :P
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Re: Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU Cooler

Postby KnightRid » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:09 am

I am actually looking for a cooler for my 8800GT.

I had no idea they were that thick! Wow!

Can this be run without the fan? I doubt it, but i figured i would ask. Maybe on a low end card that would only cost about as much as the cooler..lol

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Re: Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU Cooler

Postby Skippman » Wed Nov 05, 2008 9:25 am

Mike, it's time you joined us in the water cooling club, lol. :finga:


Seriously though. I know 120mm fan is efficent and all, but come on. You'd never fit that beast in a Shuttle or LAN Box.
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Re: Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU Cooler

Postby Gomeler » Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:38 am

Well.. I accidentally forgot to plug in the fan once when re-mounting and it was loaded around 80 Celsius at 825MHz but I did have a 12" fan blowing in the direction of the benching rig to provide general circulation. With how hot current cores are it really isn't smart to run anything "passive" unless it's a cut down card like a 4670. I did run old HD3850s passive with the Arctic Cooling S1 but those cores were also tiny so I could get away with it.
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Re: Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU Cooler

Postby gwolfman » Wed Nov 05, 2008 10:42 am

very interesting heatsink. I like it. Too bad it doesn't fit a gtx280.
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