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GeCube RADEON HD 3650 O.C. and Point Of View 9600 GSO/GT EXD

Three factory-overclocked cards.

September 22, 2008



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Cooling

We won't examine the reference cooler of GTX 280 yet again, so please take a look at this review.


Point Of View GeForce 9600 GT Wall-E EXD Edition 512MB

We've seen this cooling system in Palit cards -- a massive round heatsink with a fan in the middle. The cooler is so bulky that it takes two slots, so the card is wide.

The fan rotates slowly, so there is almost no noise.

Point Of View GeForce 9600 GSO EXD Edition 384MB

We've seen this device on one of the previous graphics cards from the same manufacturer. It has a well-known principle of operation: a turbine at one end of the device blows air through the closed heatsink.

It's a quiet cooler as well, it generates almost no noise. However, this card often grows hot to the critical value, so the cooler speeds up and becomes noticeably noisy.

GeCube RADEON HD 3650 O.C.Edition 512MB

We've seen this cooler many times in GeCube products. It works just like the previous product, only its heatsink is much smaller, and it's half open.

The cooler is a tad noisy, but not much. However, it may be irritating at times. And one more drawback: the fan is not secured well, so its blades may scratch the base.


We monitored temperatures using RivaTuner (by A.Nikolaychuk AKA Unwinder). Here are the results (as both cards are copies of the reference design and have the same frequencies, we provide the common result).

Point Of View GeForce 9600 GT Wall-E EXD Edition 512MB



Point Of View GeForce 9600 GSO EXD Edition 384MB



GeCube RADEON HD 3650 O.C.Edition 512MB



As we can see, the cooling system from the 9600GT card demonstrates its highest efficiency, remaining practically noiseless. The 9600GSO cooler performs much worse. The card grows very hot (you can see it in the graph), and the cooler becomes noisy. So we cannot call it a satisfactory result.

The cooling system from GeCube puts up tolerable performance.


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