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The Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro cooler comes packaged in a black box, with the front displaying the item in a fairly unconventional way allowing you to see the fins and the fan that the cooler uses. The box is the typical Gigabyte style with lots of detailed little logos telling you the different ways in which this cooler will defeat the competition; it seems like Gigabyte have an entire division related to these little logos.
Inside the box, you’ll find the usual mounting bits and bobs, along with a cleaning cloth, heatpaste, an epic multi-lingual manual and a molex to 5v or 12v fan header. This cooler can sit atop either an AM2, K8 or LGA775 socket, and probably AM2+ although the box or manual doesn’t explicitly say so.
This cooler differentiates itself from other high-end coolers by not using the tried and tested tower method of mounting the fans. It does however use heatpipes, 5 of them to be exact each measuring 8mm in diameter, on which the fins are mounted. The heatpipes splay out from the interface pad and are sent upwards in a kind of S shape with the lower part having a much more pronounced bend. The second half of the S are where the fins are stacked, in a curved formation with the 120mm fan in front. As a result of this curving, the cooler cuts an unorthodox silhouette and strays away from the usual block of fins we’ve come to accept.
The fan is equipped with 3 blue LED’s in a triangular setup which hopefully should shine through the black tinted fins. The hub of the fan has a complimentary blue logo with ‘G-power’ inscription. This fan has a large shroud that concentrates the airflow out the rear of the unit to cool anything behind (e.g. MOSFETS or RAM), plus it allows Gigabyte the perfect place to stamp a logo. The shroud is made of surprisingly strong silver-painted plastic that can be removed if you enjoy having your fingers removed by the fan it skirts.
If you want to see a flash animation of how the cooler works, and how it’s the perfect accessory to your car (you’ll see what I mean) then have a look at Gigabytes ‘trailer’ for the cooler.
The cooler is constructed out of an amalgamation of copper and aluminium. Seems a bit odd as the whole thing is coloured silver, but the copper base and heatpipes have been treated with a covering of nickel which will prevent them from oxidizing and also keeps the cooler looking like it’s made of one piece. Above the copper interface pad, you’ll find a small heatsink that is directly on top of where the heatpipes are soldered to the pad. The idea being that if this space is going to be bare otherwise, why not slap on more heat removing fins? While it’s unlikely to dramatically change the resulting temperatures, its nice to see that Gigabyte have decided that they’ll be using a no-holds barred approach.
The base of the heatsink is particularly shiny, and while I used the age-old screw reflection test, I also took a shot directly in front of the base. As a result, you can tell that we using a Canon 300D SLR, and can easily read the lens ring information. The base is very flat (hence the near zero visual distortion in the camera reflection) and obviously extremely shiny. You can read about the different surface types and which yield the better results in our glossary article found here.
The box explains that the height of this cooler might cause issues with your current shape as it requires a 200mm or wider chassis. In a bit of unabashed commercial advertising, they give example Gigabyte cases that’ll work with the cooler, such as the 3D Aurora series, 3D Mars and iSolo series. I had a quick measure of the cases we have in the office, and most will accept the cooler. Unless you have a media case or a horizontal chassis, you probably aren’t going to run into issue; that said always check before you buy.