I spent a ridiculous amount of time in the business area computer lab when I was in high-school, as they had the latest systems back then, running Pentium III CPUs. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do much, as they installed a security program to dissuade the students from doing anything except for running spreadsheet and word processing programs. Fortunately, the program was not too difficult to bypass as the system admin had a habit of using Venezuelan names and places as passwords. He would change the password daily but by noon, I could brute-force my way in by guessing. Although this wasn’t particularly difficult, I realized that there was a much more efficient way to get in the system.
I guessed the password one last time and accessed security permissions to allow a secondary admin account. From then on, I would just log on with my secondary account (which had a Venezuelan inspired password, of course) so the system admin just thought nobody was logging in using his password anymore. He didn’t realize that the second account was not something he created as well, as it had a familiar password. Lesson learned: no matter what you do, there is always a much more efficient way of doing it.
I was impressed with the cooling performance exhibited by Gigabyte’s Windforce 3X OC GTX 670 video card when I reviewed it and wondered if there was a VGA cooler out there that would be worth the challenge of not only outperforming this custom cooling solution in terms of thermal management but fan noise as well. The Gigabyte Windforce 3X was an already efficient cooling system but I wondered if GELID’s Icy Vision VGA cooler Rev. 2 measured up to the task.
The GELID Icy Vision is a 5-heat pipe VGA cooler compatible with both AMD Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce video cards. Revision 2 of the GELID Icy Vision VGA cooler extends compatibility to include Radeon HD7850 and HD7870 video cards, as well as GeForce GTX 680, Quadro 4000 and GeForce TITAN video cards. A pair of 92mm GELID UV Blue fans actively cools the Icy Vision Rev 2 and is designed to deliver superior cooling performance with minimal noise. The GELID Icy Vision comes with several aluminum heatsink pieces with dual-sided adhesive thermal pads to accommodate various video card designs. GELID also provides a tube of GC-2 thermal compound for the GPU core, so the Icy Vision VGA kit is ready to be used right out of the box. Displaying full confidence behind the Icy Vision Rev. 2 VGA cooler, GELID backs it up with a 5-year warranty, enough to last through more than one video card upgrade cycle.
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