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Mega 9-way VGA Cooler Roundup - Auras Fridge (JES-988)

Getting tired of hearing your graphics card prepare to go into orbit? We've got nine aftermarket coolers for comparison.

| Video Card Colers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 2, 2008 4:00 am

Auras Fridge (JES-988)

 

Auras took a different approach with their VGA cooler, about the only thing this cooler doesn't fit is a CPU. Even cards dating back to the NVIDIA FX 5900 are compatible on the NVIDIA side. For ATI card users the Auras Fridge can go all the way back to the ATI X1800, a card that really needed an aftermarket cooling solution.

 

Right out of the box the Fridge is passive, so we are going to test the cooler with a low speed Nexus 120mm fan that passes enough air to keep our card cool while keeping the acoustics to non-existent levels outside of the case.

 

Specifications

 

 

Features

 

• Four extra long copper heatpipes with 54 aluminum fins.

 

• Stacked fins with double N-shaped optimize superior thermal performance.

 

• Silent passive cooling / Compatible to graphic cards (NVIDIA / ATI).

 

• Active cooling fan frame ready for overclocking (Capable with 80 or 120 mm fan).

 

• Special rivet process on copper plate makes close contact to GPU.

 

• Memory / Voltage Regulator module with special thermal interface material.

 

Compatibility

 

ATI X1650 Series

 

ATI X1600 Series

 

ATI X1800 Series

 

ATI X1900 Series

 

ATI X1950 Series

 

ATI HD 2400 Series

 

ATI HD 2600 Series

 

ATI HD 3850

 

ATI HD 3870

 

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5900 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce FX 5950 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce 6600 Series (except 6600 AGP Series)

 

NVIDIA GeForce 6800 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce 7300 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce 7600 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce 7800 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce 7900 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce 7950 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce 8500 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce 8600 Series

 

NVIDIA GeForce 8800GT, 8800GTS (G92)

 

Product Images

 

 

I have yet to see any Auras products on store shelves, but when I do they will look something like this. On the front we see a picture of the cooler, and through a window a small portion of the actual cooler.

 

 

The back side of the box has an illustration about the fan arrangement; the cooler comes passive out of the box, so for any of the high wattage cards you will need to add a 120mm fan or two 80mm fans.

 

 

On the top of the cooler we see the mounting rails for the fans and the four heatpipes that run from the front to the back of the cooler.

 

 

On the business end of the Fridge there is one contact point with the card, where the GPU sits. Memory and VRM cooling is in the form of add on heatsinks from the accessory package.

 

 

The fins are not packed tightly together so a low speed fan will do a decent job of keeping your card cool.

 

 

The fan rail is easily removed making the cooler change from a single 120mm fan to two 80mm fans.

 

 

Auras included a small tube of their thermal paste in the accessories package, as well as memory heatsinks and double-sided thermal tape for mounting the sinks to the memory. The package does lack aftermarket VRM cooling.

 

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