A Closer Look - 9800 Pro IceQ
Up close, both graphic cards are a tad unsightly. Let us begin with the massive Excalibur 9800 Pro IceQ. Housing a beastly PCI-full cooling unit, embossed with Direct Heat Exhausting System (DHES) technology and an onboard fan switch, this graphic card appears to be more of a PC cooling unit than an actual video card. Fortunately, it is very rare that all five of our PCI slots are in use within any of our testbench machines, thus we are not resistant upon utilizing an additional neighboring PCI slot for a graphics card of such performance and prestige.
The fan and cooling block themselves look rather cheap. The actual cooling fan is constructed of thick transparent plastic. A closer look inside the unit reveals a gridded metal heatsink placed directly above the visual processing unit (VPU), which extends to the ridge of the PCI slot. In cooperation, to the right of the VPU you'll see the IceQ's large two-speed fan.
The actual cooling design is rather standard, yet extremely efficient at both noise and heat reduction. The encasing metal heatsink supports an efficient heat-dissipating solution. While the heat is absorbed, the fan blows the thermal energy directly through the heatsink, allowing the heat to escape to the back of your case and outside into open air.
Unexpectedly, the bottom of the 9800 Pro IceQ doesn't attach a copper heatsink, which is not only a noiseless cooling solution, but an effective solution as well, thus making its absence on an "ice cold" graphics card somewhat awkward.
PRICING: You can find products similar to this one for sale below.
United States: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon's website.
United Kingdom: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon UK's website.
Canada: Find other tech and computer products like this over at Amazon Canada's website.
Recommended for You
- We at TweakTown openly invite the companies who provide us with review samples / who are mentioned or discussed to express their opinion of our content. If any company representative wishes to respond, we will publish the response here.
Latest News Posts
- Genesis Alpha One is the 80s sci-fi game I always wanted
- iPhone 7 explodes, smoke coming out caught on video
- Mass Effect: Andromeda on PC is Origin exclusive
- Nintendo sues company for real life Mario Kart racing
- Horizon Zero Dawn launch trailer, first patches detailed
- Asus Zenfone 2 Laser 5.5s rear camera is not working
- ASUS ROG SWIFT PG258Q: Crazy Fast Gaming @ 1080p 240Hz
- Cannot access the BIOS on a laptop
- Extreme6 Z97 and Samsung M.2 EVO 960 setup
- BIOSTAR RACING B250GT5 Unboxing and User Experience
- ASRock launches a new era of performance with AMD Ryzen motherboards
- Nintendo eShop, Indie Games Ready for Nintendo Switch Launch
- Innovation and competition return to high-performance PCs March 2nd with worldwide AMD Ryzen 7 availability
- Final Fantasy awarded Guinness World Records title for most prolific role-playing game
- InstaVR launches publishing compatibility with HTC VIVE, cnabling companies to create high quality long-form VR video applications