Thermalright's Shaman Is an 8-Heatpipe VGA Cooler
Choosing to offer a more universal approach to cooling, Thermalright has released its latest VGA cooler, a large so-called beast that promises to drive operational temperatures lower for a great many different video board models, even some that are not on sale yet.Coolers come in multiple shapes and sizes and just about as many uses, from fans designed for cases to intricate fin arrays and heatpipes for central processing units (CPUs) and graphics processing units (GPUs) alike.
Thermalright, this once, has come forth and introduced a cooling module intended for graphics cards, not just from NVIDIA but also from Advanced Micro Devices.
The product is, more or less, immense, large enough that it actually needs a fan of 140mm in diameter to disperse the heat from the heatsink.
The first aspect likely to jump into view is the number of heatpipes, no less than 8 to be exact, each made of copper and plated with nickel.
The second element is, predictably, the heatsink itself, composed of a myriad of aluminum fins meant to dissipate the heat driven into them by said heatpipes.
Finally, the 140mm TY-140 fan has a rotary speed of between 900 and 1,300 RPM, its maximum sound output being of 21 dBA.
As for what video cards the newcomer supports, they number both NVIDIA and AMD models, even cards that haven't become available yet.
As far as NVIDIA cards go, the cooler will be suitable for the GeForce GTX 460, GTX 465, GTX 470 and GTX 480.
More unusual is the AMD side of the equation, where the product suits not just the Radeon HD 5850 and 570, but also the HD 6800 and 6750 which have yet to even be made public by the Sunnyvale, California-based outfit.
Unfortunately, exact pricing and availability details were not disclosed.