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GamerStorm Dracula 7970 VGA Cooler Review (Page 2)

By: Chad Sebring from Mar 4, 2014 @ 1:10 CST
TweakTown Rating: 76%Manufacturer: GamerStorm

Specifications, Availability, and Pricing


Looking at the chart tells us quite a bit about the Dracula cooler. Not only does it show that there are options for 43mm, 53mm, 51mm/61mm, and 51-61mm mounting hole spacing, we can see that this cooler covers cards from the X1xxx generations all the way up to and including the HD7950 and HD 7970 with 54mm spacing. On the flip side of that fence, it also cools NVIDIA cards back to GeForce 6600 for those that need serious cooling for a nostalgia build.

We also see that GamerStorm has provided the cooler measurements of 254mm in length, 100mm in width, and 44mm in height from base to the top of the fins. This is also a weighty cooler, coming in at 556 grams for just the fins, heat pipes, and the base plate. We also see that they offer suggestions for fans, because this product comes without them. They do mention that 120mm and 140mm can be used with this cooler, and also that they should be in the range of 600 to 1500 RPM to keep noise levels down and still offer enough flow to keep the GPU and power delivery systems nice and chilly.

What the chart does not cover is anything like the materials used, which is of course copper for the base, extruded aluminum for the small pre-cooler, copper for the heat pipes, and aluminum for the fins. Once the base and six heat pipes are assembled, they are coated with nickel plating and then the eighty-four fins are pressed onto them in two fin sections. The smaller section has one side of the six pipes tightly bending around 35, and the other side of the pipes takes a gentler bend to make in into the larger section with 49 fins in it.

Also, we are given a serious fan mounting system that doesn't even attach to the cooler, and while our example will take up five PCI-E slots on our test system and offer a 250W TDP, the idea behind this setup is really ingenious, and the cooler looks like it should be a serious performer with plenty of options to allow each customer to suit their own thermal and audio level needs.

We do know that the original version of the Dracula was set to retail for $75 in the US market, but we are having some issues locating this cooler online currently, as it is something we really have to hunt for rather than popping up in Google searches. With no real word yet on actual pricing or when it will be out in the wild, we don't expect pricing to be much different for some extra mounting hardware, but the real issue here is that it is only part of the price. Unless like me you have enough fans lying around that you could almost levitate a car, you will have to ponder the cost of up to four fans. Even on the cheaper side of fan pricing, that is an extra $20 for the average set of four 120mm fans. We all know that the basic fans aren't going to give the best results, so you need to find the fans that offer great static pressure and not make your ears bleed while cooling the Dracula.

While this cooler is truly monstrous when fully assembled, and does pretty much eliminate any options for dual card setups, at least when the Dracula is on the card, you end up with something that can look just as full as a multi-card setup and, as you will soon see, is surely capable of handling its business.

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