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  Product:     Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler  
  Price:     $42 (CDN) / $37 (U.S)
  Supplied By:     Sytrin Corporation
  Author:     Skaal-Tel
  Date:     May 10th, 2006
  Rating:     star star star star star star star star star star

MODTHEBOX would like to thank Amy from Sytrin Corporation for sending the KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler for review.

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Introduction:

The video card, which for many of us is probably the most expensive single component in our computer systems, is obviously the most important part of any gaming system. Unfortunately, many video cards come with woefully inadequate cooling. Anyone with the misfortune to have had a fan fail on their video card and experience constant crashes, blue screens, graphical corruption etc will testify to the general inadequacy of most stock offerings. While some of the more powerful modern video cards possess dual fans, 2 slot cooling solutions, heat pipes, and all kinds of funky and innovative solutions, far more do not. This is where today's review product; the Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Series High Performance cooler enters the picture. While many may be familiar with offerings from Zalman and Arctic Cooling, it seems that Sytrin has a genuinely new and ingenious approach to VGA cooling. The secret is incorporating both whisper quiet operation or alternatively, high performance cooling. Today in the MTB Labs, we will be evaluating the KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler.

Specifications:

The KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler is comprised of aluminum construction with a copper base plate and 2 heat pipes. The unit includes a univeral clip design that will work with most video cards offered from ATI and NVIDIA. A bundled switch allows 3 fan speeds for a cooling fan that works perfectly with the design of the heatsink. Here are some specifications taken directly from the Sytrin Corporation website:

Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler

Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler

Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler
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Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler
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The Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus as you may see it in your local PC shops ships in a regular cardboard box, with an absolutely ingenious packaging method inside. Each of the parts is snug within a special formed foam package.

Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler
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Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler
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Once out of the package you can see the full array of parts provided. The bracket and turbine fan assembly appear to be powder coated black, and machined quite nicely. The heatsink itself is very unique. Instead of simply copying a previous existing design, Sytrin appear to have struck out on their own and come up with a truly new system. The VF1 Plus uses box like heatsink construction with a roller fan to cool air directly from the bottom of the case over the heatpipes, where it can do some good for your video card.

Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler
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Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus VGA Cooler
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Rivaling an entire computer system's assembly in complexity, assembling this video card cooler is not for the ham-fisted! As with any video card cooler, in the worst case, you can end up with a dead video card as such; either leave it to the professionals or pay very close attention to the absolutely excellent instructions provided with the kit. The fold out booklet has beautifully clear diagrams, numbers on the parts which resemble other parts, and very clearly stated step-by-step instructions. Although I approached assembly with the same trepidation I would normally reserve for nuclear science, I ended up with a perfectly functional cooler and was never once forced to draw spare screws from my collection. Everything you need is provided.

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