TweakTown
Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
6,142 Reviews & Articles | 39,480 News Posts
Weekly Giveaway: Win an Antec Case, PSU and Cooler (Global Entry!)

Xigmatek Bifrost VD1065 VGA Cooler - Installation and Finished Product

Chad's back with another VGA cooler for the test bench. Time to wind it up and see how the dual-fan Bifrost goes under a good amount of pressure.

| Video Card Colers in Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Nov 7, 2009 5:22 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: Xigmatek

Installation and Finished Product

 

TweakTown image content/2/9/2999_20.jpg

 

Same torture victim as my last run, just this time completely exposed without the RAM sinks in place.

 

TweakTown image content/2/9/2999_21.jpg

 

As I mentioned, the instructions are not card specific. While they show only two IC's needing the silicone pad, in actuality with this design I needed three; the one on the right is just in the way of the cooler passing it cleanly. I left the blue coverings on, as to not get them dirty. Before you finally place the Bifrost on, remove the blue side of plastic as well.

 

TweakTown image content/2/9/2999_22.jpg

 

Once the Bifrost is installed you should have something similar to this. The fans do a nice job of covering the entirety of the card and fins, much more so than the last cooler I tested. Something I need to address, while the flex of the card is less than it was on the SilenX version, there is still a bit of flex in my card from the pressure needed for good contact of the cooler.

 

TweakTown image content/2/9/2999_23.jpg

 

From the top side, you get an even better look at how well the Bifrost covers the card, and should provide good flow to the fins and the PCB. As you can see, there is one downfall to this; there is no longer access to install an SLI bridge or Crossfire for that matter as well.

 

TweakTown image content/2/9/2999_24.jpg

 

Once the Bifrost is installed you can see why the need for the pads on the memory IC's. The cooler's base is too long to allow for clearance to those IC's, so the pad isolates the RAM from the GPU heat produced.

 

Related Tags

Further Reading: Read and find more Cases, Cooling & PSU content at our Cases, Cooling & PSU reviews, guides and articles index page.

Do you get our RSS feed? Get It!

Got an opinion on this content? Post a comment below!

Latest Tech News Posts

View More News Posts

Forum Activity

View More Forum Posts

Press Releases

View More Press Releases