Jetart VC2600 GPU Cooler Review

Introduction

Back again with another Jetart review? You’re damn right we are. This time it’s the VC2600 cooler which I have wedged firmly onto my x1900XT, whose cooler, up until a few hours ago, was screaming away and driving me insane. So, have Jetart come up with an awesomely silent and great cooling solution for the woeful x1900 owners out there? We shall see.

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.

Specifications

  • Full copper welding technique
  • Silent ball bearing fan with blue LED
  • Unique apertures design for various models
  • Different clips enclosed for option
  • Additional 8 pcs memory heatsinks

Compatibility Chart

ATI 9000 – X1900

Nvidia Geforce 3 – 7900GTX

Jetart’s Take on the VC2600

  • The VC2600 is a VGA Cooler compatible with various NVIDIA & ATI high-level VGA cards. Extreme heat dissipation from full copper welding technique plus fancy outlook, this is the one for all overclockers and tweakers.
  • The VC2600 is the upgraded version of JACSH1 as which was known for its outstanding overclocking ability that given by full copper welded cooling core. This upgraded version is compatible with the more and the newer VGA cards.

Cost

Jetart coolers are notoriously hard to get hold of though usually go for around the £15-25 mark. Newegg stocks some of their coolers but as of yet is not stocking this particular one. When it comes into stock I will let you all know. If you are interested in this cooler your best bet currently is working something out directly from Jetart.

Bits and Box

The “Box” for this cooler is much the same as other Jetart packaging. Its made of clear plastic and the front shows you the cooler and all its accoutrements with it.

Jetart VC2600 GPU Cooler Packaging

On the back you have a compatibility and specification list that is synonymous with Jetart coolers; as per normal, this cooler fits pretty much everything.

Taking the packaging was nice and simple, little metal plugs holding together too pieces of plastic, no cut hands today. You get a variety of little accessory bits with the VC2600, including: Ram sinks, heat paste, mounting clips, mounting screws and a 3-4 pin power connector.

The Cooler

The Cooler itself is very similar to other Jetart products, indeed as stated it is an updated model of the JASCH1, previously reviewed Here. The cooler features the same heat sink design as its predecessor.

The solid copper heatsink is designed to have maximum airflow over it from the 60mm fan. However, although this fan looks similar to the one that adorned its predecessor it is different in one aspect, its noise level. This fan is said to be almost silent, however more on that later.

Jetart VC2600 GPU Cooler Fan

The Cooler works (In the same way as the JASCH1) by the fan drawing in air from infront of the cooler and pushing it across the copper heatsink fins.

Jetart VC2600 GPU Cooler Fins

Jetart package all of their GPU coolers with a blue “Sticker” over the core area of the heatsink to make sure that the surface retains its finish throughout transit. However, even though Jetart’s previous coolers have had great cores to them, I was not prepared for the level of lapping that this HS had.

Jetart VC2600 GPU Cooler Core

Jetart VC2600 GPU Cooler Core

As you can see the core part of the HS is polished to a complete mirror finish. Jetart have done themselves proud here, and you will see that this benefits the cooling performance greatly later in the review.

Installation

First things first when it comes to installing a GPU cooler is removing the stock one, so that’s what I did. Out of pure curiosity I have a good look at the build quality of the stock heatsink. As you can see the Jetart cooler outstrips it in every way possible. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw what seem to be pieces of sticky foam that are designed to transfer heat from the ram modules to the heatsink!

Sapphire x1900XT Stock Cooler

Then it was onto cleaning the core of the stock heatpaste; nice and shiny.

GPU Core

And on with the ram sinks…

Jetart VC2600 Ram Sinks

Now it was time to put the cooler on. However just to let those that buy this cooler know, the documentation enclosed with this product that tells you what holes in the cooler to use and which mounting clip to use has some errors in it. For the x1900 series cards it says to use clip C and hole 4. However, you actually need to use clip B and hole 3.

NB: I have mentioned this error to Jetart and they assure me that they are in the process of changing the packaging to remove the errors.

Clip B, Hole 3

Clip B in hole 3…

Jetart VC2600 GPU Cooler

The cooler in all its glory

With the cooler attached it was time to get on with the testing.

Testing

To test this cooler I left my pc running for 30 minutes at idle and then tested the core temperature of the core of the card and then ran several tests putting the card at full load and then rechecked the temperature. I then compared these results to the stock x1900 cooler to see what the difference was. I also compared the two coolers in terms of volume and in how they effected the cards overclockability.

Stock Cooler

Idle40
Load75

Jetart VC2600

Idle35
Load60

The VC2600 is the clear winner here, beating the Stock cooler on Idle temperatures and on Load temperatures.

Noise

This is where the VC2600 really shows its worth. It is claimed on the packaging that this cooler is “Totally Silent”. Never has more truth been said in a single statement. Turning off all other fans in my case, this fan was completely inaudible. No noise whatsoever. Compare this to the stock cooler where I was able to hear the fan even with headphones on, and we have a clear winner.

Overclockability

With the stock cooler I was able to overclock the core by 70mhz, and the memory by 100mhz. With the Jetart cooler I was able to add an extra 10mhz to the core, and an extra 50mhz to the memory. Another clear win for the Jetart camp.

Conclusion

The Jetart VC2600 does not boast the best temperature difference in the world when compared to the stock cooler, even though it improves things slightly. Nor does it boast the best increase to the overclockability of the card. However, I absolutely have to give this card the XSR Editor’s Choice Award simply for its blindingly awesome quietness. If you have an x1900, or any other type of card (This cooler fits everything apart form the Nvidia 7950s) and you like a quiet cooler with above average cooling performance then I implore you to get this cooler, you will not be disappointed.

ProsCons
SilentNot the best performance out there
Good cooling performance
Boosts overclockability

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