Gelid Icy Vision REV. 2 GPU Cooler

Next to CPUs, GPUs are the next greatest producer of heat in any computer system. It is of the utmost importance to keep them cool so as to maintain maximum performance. However, as GPUs get bigger and faster there is so much the stock heat sink can do. Even “aftermarket” heat sinks put on by the manufacturers, such as ASUS's “Direct-Touch GPU Heat sink” which my HD5850 came with, can only do so much. I am not saying they are useless, but they just are not big enough or good enough to keep the GPU cool. Enter the real aftermarket GPU heat sink solution. Rather than strap on a water cooling plate, many are now turning to larger, beefier, and more powerful air cooled solutions for their heat producing GPU monsters. This is where the subject of this review comes in. Today I have with me the Gelid Icy Vision Revision 2 GPU cooler. A large aftermarket heat sink meant to keep those GPU temperatures down. Take note that this is the second version of this GPU cooler from Gelid. Gelid, is derived from the Latin word “gelidus” which means extremely cold or icy (gelidsolutions.com). Their products range from basic to high-end fans, CPU coolers, GPU coolers, and thermal compound. Without further ado, let's take a closer look at the Gelid Icy Vision REV. 2 and see if it holds up to Gelid's Latin name.

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