I was really rooting for the VF3000F from the start. With great memories of their older generations of cooling technology, I had hoped the tradition had continued. While this is a very attractive addition to a GPU, even much more so than the Xtreme Pro II we just looked at, if I am stuck having to take up three slots to cool my graphics card these days, it better be able to offer me something worth all the hassle of installing the cooler. To put it point blank, being within eleven degrees of the stock cooling solution at the same clock speeds, I just don't see the point here.
Now, I may be hyper critical, but I think I am on to something. While every aspect of the cooler is so well thought out, designed simply to allow us to have a very straight forward installation, and even be the most attractive cooler I have seen yet, it seems while they thought of everything and offered great instructions along with solid components, they sort of over looked the most important thing, the cooling of the cooler! The cooling plate they used for the card on the other hand is one of the best PCB cooling solutions I have yet to test in aftermarket GPU cooling. This plate allowed my phase area of the PCB to register ten to eleven degrees cooler than with any other aftermarket cooling or even the stock plate that comes on the card from the factory! It's such a shame the Fermi architecture of this generation is in my opinion, a little too much for theVF3000F.
Now, I can't beat the VF3000F down to the ground entirely. It is the cheapest solution I have tested. Head to head against the AXP II cooler, it is almost $10 cheaper if you shop well. You can find the VF3000F at Amazon.com for $69.99, it still works out to like $7 a degree to cool your cards. Either way I try to spin it, I honestly think you should keep looking, unless you have a lower powered card than my Fermi, or are just dead set on its looks.
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