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  Product:     Arctic Cooling Products Showcase Review  
  Price:     Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3 $29.95 (CAN) / $22 (U.S) 
  Price:     Arctic Fan Pro TC $10.95 (CAN) / $8 (U.S) 
  Price:     Arctic Fan Pro 2L $12.95 (CAN) / $9 (U.S) 
  Supplied By:     ADPmods
  Author:     Hi-TEK
  Date:     June 4th, 2004
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Anand from ADPmods for sending the assortment of Artic Cooling Products for review.

Introduction:

The importance of good air circulation inside a computer case can provide some cost effective benefits in terms of prolonging the life of system components. Air cooling principles are still used by a majority of computer enthusiasts as a means to control high system temperatures. Standard cooling fans are the cheapest solution for removing unwanted heat and providing system stability. The consumer market is currently saturated with a wide variety of "off the shelf" cooling products available for improving air circulation. Recently, there has been a shift to make many cooling products appeal more to the masses by integrating case modification attributes. Artic Cooling based out of Pfäffikon, Switzerland is a relatively new company to the North American market. The company has recently released a series of cooling products marketed under the Artic Cooling brand name, which cover all aspects of component cooling. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the new Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3, Arctic Fan Pro TC and Arctic Fan Pro 2L.

Specifications:

The Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3, Arctic Fan Pro TC and Arctic Fan Pro 2L are all pre-assembled products that include all the necessary components for installation. Consumers have the option of selecting from two different cooling technologies using thermal controlled sensors or 3-position switch cooling. Here are some of the specifications taken from the ADPMods website:

Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3 - Key Specifications:
Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3: Manufactured by Artic Cooling
Dimenions: 185mm x 84mm x 34mm
Weight: 278g
Rated Fan Speeds: 1200 / 2400 RPM
First VGA cooler with selectable cooling and noise level
Unique mounting clip
Special Features: DHES (Direct Heat Exhaust System)

Arctic Fan Pro TC - Key Specifications:
Dimenions: 80mm x 80mm x 25 mm
Weight: 78g
Rated Fan Speeds: 1000 - 2500 RPM
Air Flow: 12.2 - 31.5 CFM
Power Consumption: 12VDC @ 0.14 Amp
Noise Level: 10 - 23 dB
Connector: 3-pin Molex

Arctic Fan Pro 2L - Key Specifications:
Dimensions: 80mm x 80mm x 34.5mm
Weight: 98g
Rated Fan Speeds: 1500/2000/2500 RPM
Air Flow: 32.3/43.1/53.9 m3/h
Power Consumption: 12VDC @ 0.25 Amp
Noise Level: 14 - 22 dB
Connector: 3-pin Molex

Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3
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Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3
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The Arctic Fan Pro TC and Arctic Fan Pro 2L arrived in standard double-walled corrugated boxes while the Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3 arrived in a retail blister package. The front portion of the packages includes product logos, model numbers and the Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3 in plain view. The rear portion of the package contains information on product specifications, features, and a parts list.

Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3
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Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer Revision 3
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Included in the packaging is and assortment of items which includes mounting screws, mounting brackets, adapter cables, thermal compound, case badges and a set of instructions. As an alternative Arctic Cooling also provides PDF versions of its products installation instructions on its website. The included instructions are translated in two languages (Swedish and English) and are accompanied by a set of reference diagrams. I found the documentation to be very easy to understand and most users should be able to complete the installation of all the products in less than 30 minutes.

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