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Jetart VC2000 GPU Cooler

Introduction

Jetart, although not a particularly mainstream company, have been growing steadily in popularity and notoriety throughout the cooling world over the past couple of years. They have produced such fantastic graphics card coolers as the JASCH1, which in XSR’s own test, trounced Artic Cooling’s offering for the same card. And here I am again, reviewing Jetart’s latest all in one VGA cooler, the VC2000.

A little About Jetart

Jetart Technology has been established since 1989. Jetart is not only a cooling devices designer but also a very professional & well-organized manufacturer, as well as an exporter. We now are focusing on developing “Thermal Solution” relating products. All of materials applied and production procedures are under very strict control. Our capacity has come up to 12 millions pieces per year. In the mean time, we create a brand name JETART for all of our cooling products. Our goal to achieve is that JETART represents image of innovation & good quality.

Under all of Jetart staff efforts, our company has been granted “Certificate of Assessment” in accordance with ISO9001 standards in 2002.
Our main business beliefs are Innovation & Quality Control. Customers’ needs always come to the first priority concern. New products are designed and developed to meet with customers & market requirements. Up to today, we have a full line of computer cooling products, including:

  • AMD & Intel CPU Coolers
  • Chipset Coolers & Chipset Cooling Kit
  • HDD Coolers
  • System Coolers
  • Notebook Coolers
  • Digital Control Panels
  • Case DC Fans
  • Heatsink

Jetart’s Take on the VC2000

VC2000 is a universal Cooler compatible with most NVIDIA & ATI high-level VGA cards. Its pure aluminum shaped super conductive core satisfies your overclocking need; and the silent fan with blue LED, fancy outlook design, allow you enjoying a quiet and unique outcome from integration. It is the choice for all overclockers and modders.

VC2000 Features

  • Pure aluminum shaped cooling core
  • Silent ball bearing fan with blue LED
  • Unique apertures design for various applications
  • Different clips enclosed for option
  • Additional 8 pcs memory heatsinks
  • Compatible with most NVIDIA & ATI VGA cards

Specifications

Cooler Dimenstions 120.0 x 92.0 x 32.0mm
Fan Dimensions 60 x 60 x 12mm
Heaetsink Materials Pure Aluminium AL1070
Rated Voltage DC 12v
Rated Current 0.15 A
Power Consumption 1.8 W
Fan Speed 2500 RPM
Bearing Type Ball Bearing
LEDBlue LED in fan
Weight175g

First of all, we can see that these stats make this cooler bigger and lighter than the previous offering from Jetart. Hopefully these improvements will continue in the performance category.

First Look

From the first glance we are given a good impression of this Jetart product because of the colorful and informative packaging.


The front gives a clear view of the cooler itself and the included RAM sinks, and the back displays a good list of specifications and features to not only entice you into buying the cooler, but to also make sure that you are buying a cooler that fits on your card.


A Closer Look

Well taking the cooler out of the packaging was a bit of a mission really. I hate to knit pick, but I hate packaging held with metal rivets even more. Anyway, after I actually got the package open the cooler and RAM sinks seemed of very good quality. The GPU heatsink was of pure aluminum with a plastic cover to go around the fan, and a plastic slip to cover the base of block; this way the surface of the cooler that will be in contact with the GPU will not be marred or scratched during transit.

The RAM sinks also were of solid aluminum and came with little sticky patches for applying them to the card.

Pretty poor lapping on the heatsink contact point, but hopefully this shouldn’t effect cooling too much…

Also in the package are the attachment screws, the mounting plates and a 3pin to 4pin converter and some rubber washers for the attachment screws.

As you can see from the above picture, the surface of the GPU cooler is relatively smooth. It is not as smooth as other coolers but it is still relatively smooth to the touch, and with a bit of polishing would come up very nicely.

Fitting

This stage was relatively simple, but it has several steps that I will take you through. First of all is taking my chosen card, in this case a 9800Pro 256mb and removing the stock fan. No problems there.


Next step was cleaning the core of the horrible white, sticky heat paste that seems to be used on all cards. So it was out with the white spirit and kitchen towels, and, 2 minutes later we have a nice clean core.

Then I added on the RAM sinks, again nice and simple. Simply peel back the cover coating on the ram sink sticky pads and attach them to the RAM sinks. Then remove the other cover coating and stick the RAMsink to the cards RAM blocks.


After that part came the slightly trickier part of attaching the main cooler to the card. The attachment process can be broken down into 2 sections. I first attached the brass spacers to the correct holes on the cooler. Then, placing the backing plate on the card I ran the screws through the holes in the card and attached them to the main cooler block. This part can be a bit fiddly but I borrowed a pair of hands from my brother and with his help we did it in no time at all.

It was then a simple matter of tightening the screws and placing the card in the AGP slot, here’s how it looked all setup.


Quite a nice looking cooler, I think you will agree.

Testing

Unfortunately after attaching the cooler to this card, It became obvious to me that this card does not have an in built temperature sensor, so I was forced to come up with another way to test this cooler. Therefore I have decided to test the card’s overclocking ability with the stock cooler attached and with the VC2000 attached and compare them.

Core Clock / MHZ
Stock – Max OC 370
Jetart VC2000 – Max OC 433

As you can see from the results I obtained the cooler obviously helps achieve a higher overclock, and therefore makes the card run more stable than the stock cooler. This extra overclock allowed me to achieve an extra 3000 marks in Aquamark 3.

I also found that the fan, even while running at full speed was inaudible under my other case fans. It was also only just audible when all other fans (apart from the CPU cooler) were turned off, so this cooler is a great choice for those that like a quiet case.

Conclusion

It is a shame that I was not able to obtain temperature readings for this cooler, I will endeavor to do so at a later date. For now let’s just say that this card achieves higher overclocks on your card, makes your overclock more stable and adds to the aesthetic appeal of your graphics card as well. The fact that the cooler can be fitted to so many cards is also a bonus. All in all, a good cooler, another Jetart product I would recommend to anyone.

ProsCons
Looks goodWould possibly cool better if made of copper
Better, more stable OC possibleFitting is tricky
Very quiet
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