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Reviewed by: Trevor Flynn [08.25.04]
Manufactured by: Gigabyte

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Gigabyte Strikes Back

Back in the spring, Gigabyte jumped into the high end CPU cooling market with both feet with the release of their 3D Cooler line. We were quite happy with the Ultra GT model that we reviewed, but as with everything there are always possible improvements.

With a first successful launch of CPU cooling products under their belt, Gigabyte hasn't wasted much time before releasing their next wave of cooling solutions. By taking everything that was good about the original 3D Cooler, and then modifying those that were not so good, Gigabyte has come up with their new 3D Rocket Cooler line of products. The model we'll be reviewing today is actually the 3D Rocket Pro (model number PCU22-VG).

As always, Gigabyte does a very nice job with the product packaging.

Blast Off!

At first glance we can see that the new Rocket coolers are very similar to its predecessor.

As you can see, the new 3D Rocket Cooler has a lot in common with the old "regular" 3D Cooler. Both have the same quad copper heat pipe setup, the same four blue LEDs and fan grill, the same blue blower fan and circular fin design, as well as the same three connection power/fan speed connectors. There are however also some very marked differences. Before we get into them though let's get the official specification list out of the way.

As always, a complete list of specs can be found on the Gigabyte website.

Model No.: GH-PCU22-VG
CPU Socket: Universal (even including LGA775)
Dimensions(H/S): 83x89x118
Fan Speed: 2500 ~ 4000 rpm
Fan Noise: 23.7 ~ 37.2 dBA
Rated Voltage: 6.3 ~ 12 V
Rated Current: 0.5 A
Voltage Rating: 4.0 ~ 12.0 V
Connector: 4 Pin (Power Input), 3 Pin (Speed Control), 3 Pin (Motherboard Sensor)
Weight: 500g

A Jenny Craig Success Story!

The biggest change in specifications from the old 3D Cooler GT to the new 3D Rocket Cooler is the weight loss. By switching from copper to a hollow aluminum fin design Gigabyte was able to make the Rocket Cooler taller while trimming off thirty five percent of its total mass, dropping from a whopping 780g down to a respectable 500g.

I guess all the 3D Cooler needed was to hit that growth spurt before losing its baby fat.

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