Dual GPU Cooler
Written by Michael Larabel in Hardware on 26 March 2006 at 01:00 AM EST. Add A Comment

While Dual GPU graphics cards are not widely available at this time, with NVIDIA pushing for Quad SLI, and other manufacturers had been experimenting with Dual GPU solutions for quite some time -- with one of the manufacturers that often rings a bell in recent years for starting the Dual GPU push being XGI Technology and their Volari V8 Duo. However, preparing to launch what will be one of the first Dual GPU designed coolers is Sytrin. As we share at Phoronix time and time again, Sytrin has delivered such products as the Nextherm ICS-8200 (air-conditioned ATX chassis), Nextherm PSU460, and most recently the KuFormula VF1 Series. As we had shared in our world preview of the Sytrin KuFormula VF1 Plus, its performance abilities was utterly amazing and the best we have seen when it came to air GPU coolers. However, Sytrin is not going to stop with the KuFormula VF1 as they are already in the midst of making the VF1 compatible with Dual GPU solutions! While Sytrin's concept still appears to be under development, let alone reaching the US market, we have obtained some information from our friends at Sytrin, and are able to share this information with you today. The Sytrin KuFormula VF1 heatsink itself is designed to be universal with all ATI Radeon and NVIDIA GeForce GPUs, and it ships with a wealth of accessories to properly mount the heatsink in any configuration. However, Sytrin is hoping to make it possible to mount two of these heatsinks on a single PCB. The KuFormula VF1 Plus ships with a cross-flow fan, however, this same setup would not work with Dual GPU cards due to the fan being attached to the expansion slot area. Sytrin is producing a new frame for the VF1 model to mount a 120mm case fan and will be compatible with these dual GPU cards. In the pictures below, we have a few views of the standard KuFormula VF1 unit as well as a engineering mock-up piece for which they plan for the application of Dual GPUs. One item to keep in mind, however, is the weight of both these heatsinks. More information to come soon, and keep in mind, this new Dual GPU model is still in DEVELOPMENT stages.

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