While the Thermalright V-1 Ultra had fallen short of the Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus by a few degrees, the V-1 Ultra does contain very noticeable advantages over the stock GPU cooler as in our initial tests with the VF1, there was 12°C and 21°C advantage over Leadtek's stock cooling. Other features for the Thermalright product include the capability to cool surrounding components with its 80mm fan (and capabilities to adapt a second fan), triple heatpipe design, and unique design. While the V-1 Ultra does have its advantages, there were a few shortcomings. The installation process was quite long compared to other retail products; however, the V-1 Ultra is designed to be nearly universal with both ATI and Radeon products. In addition, the unique heatpipe design around the graphics card PCB may present some issues with particular cases or Scalable Link Interface setups. Finally, the price of the Thermalright V-1 Ultra is not very cheap at approximately $40-50 USD, while the Arctic Cooling Accelero and Silencer series are much cheaper as well as many Zalman solutions and the Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus. Even so, the Thermalright V-1 Ultra may be the perfect cooler if you are after accenting any existing Chipset or CPU heatsinks from Thermalright. Once again, we would like to thank CrazyPC for providing this product.
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Phoronix Product Rating: 8 / 10