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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [05.31.04]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte

Est. Street Price: $50-60

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No high end cooler is allowed to simply do its job and do it well anymore. They must also look pretty doing it! Gigabyte and the Ultra GT definitely succeed on that end. The four blue led lights create a bright yet soft lighting environment within your case. 

With blue being a pretty universal lighting choice, many show case enthusiasts will enjoy the way this cooler looks lit up. 

Speaking of show cases however, it's unfortunate that Gigabyte chose a copper/brown shade for their front 3.5 inch bay fan speed controller as it will clash with pretty much every major case color on the market (except of course...copper).

Most of you will more than likely be sticking with the supplied rear PCI bracket. Yeah I know, blah blah blah, let's see how it performs!


For comparison purposes we've pitted the Gigabyte 3D Cooler up against the Coolermaster Jet 7+ cooler as well as Vantec's Aeroflow 2 for the socket A platform. And since it is a universal cooler, we've also pitted it up against Vantec's P4 Aeroflow on the Socket 478 side of things.

All tests were run using a DFI Lanparty nForce2 Rev. B motherboard and an AMD Athlon 2500+ Barton CPU on the AMD side and an Abit IS7 with a P4 3.0C on the Pentium side. All heatsinks heatsinks were installed using the respective manufacturer's thermal compound that came with each cooler sample. CPU Temperature readings were taken using the processor's built in thermal diodes and read using Motherboard Monitor. Ambient temperatures throughout testing were a constant 22-degree Celsius.

Testing was completed with the Gigabyte Ultra GT blower fan running both at low (2000 rpm) and high (4500 rpm) speeds. When overclocked, the Barton 2500+ was running at 2.42Ghz (11x220) and 1.8V. To achieve full CPU load both Prime95 and Distributed Folding were run at the same time, both set to high priority.

The Results - AMD Version

The Gigabyte Cooler is just slightly lagging behind the Jet 7+ at both fan speeds.  However it should be noted that at the low fan setting the Gigabyte is ABSOLUTELY silent running at sub 20dBA levels. 

Once again we see the Gigabyte lagging slightly behind both coolers even when the fan speed is turned to its highest. At low fan speed however it is able to match the Jet 7+ cooler running at low fan speed while remaining significantly quieter. While the Ultra GT performs adequately at high speed, I really think this cooler is one that is going to be loved by silent enthusiasts.

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