SFF Lingo Aficionado
- Jul 26, 2016
That a cooling solution that has about 7cm "width" to work with outperforms one that has about 3cm and is generally considered to be inferior efficiency wise ("blower") isn't really much of a surprise.So actually it does perform significantly better than a traditional blower GPU (as referenced by Alienware's own in-house testing).
The reason being that normally the single blower fan would have to cool VRM, Vram and GPU die. However, using the Rad Card the traiditional blower can run at lower RPM and still cool Vram and VRM plenty. Meanwhile the AIO will grab all the heat from the GPU die, and transfer it into the Rad Card radiator, which is then cooled by another blower, which also doesn't need to run at full force.
The thing takes up about 2.5 liters by itself (by my estimation), so it better be at least as powerful/silent as a solution with a full cover block, pump and a slim 240 rad with 120x25 fans that's pulling air from a bottom vent - of a properly design case. As that would still take up less space.
At the moment the "PCIe-Cooler" seems like a nice engineering solution for horrible case design - that would probably be outperformed by any decent existing GPU-cooling solution (especially the "AIO" ones with 240mm rads) in a case where airflow wasn't an absolute afterthought.
This could be "easily" checked by dropping a 2080ti variant of this into say a Chimera Cerberus and comparing it to an EVGA 2080ti kingpin. I'm sure you have one of those lying around - the AIO on those is an Asetek one too, right?