Coolink GFXChilla VGA Heatsink Review

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In the box

A well-documented installation guide tags along with the kit hat has a great step-by-step working order to mount the cooler.  However if you don’t know how to replace the cooler on your video card then you damn-well better read the manual twice, just to be on the safe side.

Upon further inspection of the cooler itself, we see a copper base, aluminum fins, and a set of heatpipes.  The cooler also houses 2 low profile 80mm fans.  Normally I’m used to the fact that those low profile fans are noisy, but it seems Coolink did their research and came up with 2 perfectly silent fans.  The only downside to these fans is that they do collect dust rather quickly so they could use a blast of compressed air every few months.


Included with the pack are also a good selection of memory / mosfet heatsinks.  Big ones, small ones, and low-profile ones.  You`ll be needing them when you mount the heatsink and find out if it obstructs any of your memory chips.

I encountered only one problem here and frowned my head upon another:  the issue with those little heatsinks.  They can fall off, even though they’re using 3M adhesive stickers.  Some did come off on their own by vigorous shaking.  Normally people aren’t going to be shaking their video cards on purpose, but think that happens if you go to a LAN party transporting your PC?  However, using a lighter I heated the heatsink slightly and reattached them, which seemed to do the trick as I couldn’t shake one lose ( that and they’re still on the card as we speak).


Now the frowning part.

Coolink is apparently capable of making an excellent quality product and their own cooling paste, so I was a bit flabbergasted to see those little tubes of generic silver paste you get with every cooler you buy (or steal, whatever).  It would have been nice if Coollink included some of their own name-brand thermal compound.  Even so I chucked the small tube out the window (trying to hit some birds but failed)I , and applied some of their own product the Coolink Chillaramic.

Using my video card’s stock cooler, I always noticed my GPU was exceptionally hot (to the point I couldn’t touch the cooler for more than a few seconds).  As you can see, the factory-applied paste isn’t spread very well and didn’t even cover the GPU. This was also noticable on the cooling block itself, and even the memory chips had an oily residue on them.  I cleaned all the residual paste from the manufacturer’s half-assed job and applied some Chillaramic (the proper way), and mounted the cooler.

The card was used normally for 2 days as a burn-in before measuring to give the thermal compound ample time to cure.