ZEROtherm Hurricane HC92 in the test: Potent VGA cooler duo
Hurricane HC92 Cu (8800)
The ZEROtherm Hurricane HC92 Cu is available on the market in two different versions . Both the cheaper normal version and the slightly more expensive 8800 version are based on the same construction and are also compatible with the same graphics cards. The differences can be found in the details: The scope of delivery of the 8800 version has been expanded to include corresponding additional passive heat sinks for the specific voltage converters on the boards of the GeForce 8800. In addition, ZEROtherm states that it has selected the heat pipes for the graphics card cooler and equipped the 8800 version of the Hurricane with better heat conduction capillaries.
- Dimensions: 169.7 x 97 , 1 x 54.5 mm
- Weight: approx. 372 g
- Material: copper, aluminum (RAM memory)
- Quadruple heat pipe (6 mm Versions)
- Fan: 92 x 92 x 25mm, illuminated in blue
- Background noise: 19 - 40.18 dB (A)
- Speed: 1500 - 3300 Rpm
- Maximum air throughput: 98 m³/h
- Connection type: 3-pin Molex
- Assembly with 4-point screw connection, tool-free
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- Sales and current prices
- NVIDIA Geforce 7600 series
- NVIDIA Geforce 7900 series
- NVIDIA Geforce 8500 series
- NVIDIA Geforce 8600 series
- NVIDIA Geforce 8800 series
- ATI Radeon X1600 series
- ATI Radeon X1800 series
- AT I Radeon X1900 series
- ATI Radeon X2600 series
- ATI Radeon HD3XXX series
- IncompatibleGraphics cards :
- NVIDIA Geforce 7800 AGP series
- NVIDIA Geforce 7950 GX2 series
- ATI Radeon X2900 series
The scope of delivery of the Hurricane cooler can be described as befitting and complete. In addition to the actual VGA cooler, there are eight green anodized aluminum passive cooling blocks for the graphics memory, a syringe of thermal paste, the mounting material including brief instructions and a somewhat oddly shaped rotary potentiometer fan control. The 8800 version of the cooler also contains voltage converter coolers for the corresponding Nvidia boards.
The cooler itself is made of high-quality copper except for a plastic cover and relies on the operation of four heat pipes. The quality standard is very high, which can be expected at a price of around 40 euros.
However, the construction of theHurricane with a closer look at one or the other optimization. As will be shown later, the gray plastic cover can confidently be dispensed with during operation, because it only causes additional noise through increased air turbulence, without being beneficial to the cooling performance.
Furthermore, the HC92 Cu is built in a total height of 54.5 mm compared to the competition and, given the limited space available in the area of the plug-in cards, very high, so that two additional slots are occupied. One of the reasons for this is the 92 mm fan used, which has a very high air flow rate, but becomes unacceptably loud at full speed and cannot be trimmed to inaudible even at maximum throttling. The Hurricane coolers are therefore not necessarily suitable for fans of the silent PC.
On the other hand, there is good news to report with regard to the assembly, because after the original cooler has been removed from the graphics card, the assembly of the ZEROtherm sprout is quick and easy thanks to the simple methodology . All you have to do is screw in the four double-threaded screw pins with the corresponding hole spacing on the mounting device of the cooler base and also tighten them alternately with four thumb screws on the back of the graphics card.
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