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Inno3D GeForce 8800 GT i-ChiLL Review - Page 1 of 7

INTRODUCTION

When we first reported on the GeForce 8800 GT graphics card back in November, we were impressed with its performance and a cooling solution that occupied a single case slot. Although the design was sleek with its components concealed under an all-metal enclosure, the heat generated from a busy GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) at stock fan speeds approached 100 °C.

We demonstrated that GPU and memory temperatures can be reduced by increasing the speed of the graphics card cooling fan. However, there was a point at which noise became a distraction, which resulted in an exercise to achieve a balance between fan noise and the amount of cooling provided. If the owner is unable to achieve that balance, they may resort to purchasing an aftermarket cooler or a graphics card with specialized cooling such as Inno3D's i-ChiLL Series.

Inno3D GeForce 8800 GT i-ChiLL
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Inno3D's i-ChiLL Series is comprised of graphics cards with custom cooling solutions from ArticCooling and Zalman. The i-ChiLL product line comes with a three year warranty and includes the following features:

  • Gold plated TV out and DVI connector for better signal quality and less oxidization
  • Solid capacitors for stable power voltage and advance durability
  • Stylish Ramsinks that assists with heat penetration
  • Custom made cooling solutions with systematic noise reduction
  • Exceeds normal overclocking speeds with up to 10%

The i-ChiLL model being reviewed is the GeForce 8800 GT Accelero X1 (cooling provided by ArticCooling). The Accelero X1 features a large 60mm cooling fan with technologies like fluid dynamic bearings, vibration absorbtion, heat pipes and voltage converter cooling. The unit retails for approximately $20.

For additional information about the cooler, please check out OverClocker Cafe's review, where they took the opportunity to disassemble it.

PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES

The retail packaging of the i-ChiLL Series is distinct with its black coloring and round holes that are neatly punctured from the box. Underneath the product sticker, which bears the i-ChiLL logo and lists core (700MHz) and memory speeds (2000MHz), are thumbnail images of the features mentioned previously.

Packaging
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Accessories include a well documented user manual covering the graphics card and driver control panel applets, a DVI-to-VGA adapter, a PCI-Express power adaptor, S-Video and HD connectors, an installation kit that includes a software and driver CD (v169.06) and the full version of Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter (GRAW) 2.

Accessories
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SPECIFICATIONS

With a custom cooling solution, Inno3D took the opportunity to increase clock speeds over the reference model as shown by the GPU-Z report below. NVIDIA's reference model calls for core, shader, and memory clock speeds of 600MHz, 1500MHz, and 900MHz respectively.

GPU-Z Report

Inno3D's i-ChiLL exceeds the reference core by 16.7% and memory by 11.1%. Even higher clock speeds are possible - especially with the shader processors, which are running at the default of 1500MHz.

Next Page: Test System Configuration

Last Updated on January 29, 2008


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