Thermalright is one of the premier names when it comes to serious CPU coolers. Overclockers seeking the best performance on an air cooled system often turn to Thermalright's well designed products to get the most out of their processors. Despite this reputation, and the fact that their website title states "Ultimate CPU Cooling Solutions", they do have more to offer.
Thermalright now has two VGA coolers in their line up, including the V1 Ultra which was provided for this review. Incorporating the same heatpipe technology, robust design, and strictly business styling as their flagship CPU coolers, you should expect good things from these VGA coolers.
Before jumping into the specifics of the cooler provided, let's take a look at some of the published data from the Thermalright website.
» 80mm fan cooler (optional two fans)
» Soldered fins to copper base to make effective contact
» Compatibility across multiple platforms (ATI & NVIDIA)
» Heat sink (base,front): L30xW24xH2 (mm)
» Heat sink (body,front): L80xW80xH20 (mm)
» Heat sink (body, rear/with fan): L80xW80*H28.5
» Rear heat sink to VGA card: 6 mm
» 310g (heat sink only)
» Stock Fan:
» Maker: OEM
» Size: 80x 80x 15 (mm)
» Bearing: Two Balls
» Voltage: 12V
» Speed: 2500 rpm
» Air Flow: 24.84CFM
» Noise Level: 31.3 dBA
» ATI Radeon 9800, X700, X800, X850
» NVIDIA GeForce 6600, 6600 GT, 6800, 6800GT, 6800 Ultra, 7800GT, 7800 GTX
I don't think I have ever seen a Thermalright product that didn't ship in a fairly plain cardboard box, as pictured below. The various components of the V1 Ultra are all well protected inside, thanks to a custom system of foam blocks and sheets.