Thermalright T-Rad2 Video Card GPU CoolerWed, Nov 05, 2008 - 12:00 AM
If you own a graphic card with an unbearably hot core then it might be time to drop a bit of coin on an aftermarket heatsink. This is imperative if you are one of the few enthusiasts that enjoy taking a soldering iron to your precious electronics. Priced at $52, the T-Rad2 is a bit on the expensive side considering how you’ll most likely be attaching it to a card that costs two to three times the price of the heatsink.
Thermalright has a one year warranty for defective parts with their heatsinks. Since there are no moving parts on the T-Rad2 I believe you would be hard pressed to find a way to utilize this warranty but it exists nonetheless. When you factor in the build quality, presentation, and performance, the T-Rad2 makes a compelling offer compared to the HR-03 and even the Arctic Cooling S1.
The only major downside I can find with the T-Rad2 is the incompatibilities it has with certain video cards. Unlike a more generic card like the HR-03, the heatpipes on the T-Rad2 really do pose a problem and even on a proper card they are a close fit. My only concern over purchasing this heatsink is the ability to use it on future cards.
Legit Bottom Line: Thermalright brings out a great alternative to the HR-03 with the thinner T-Rad2 while still offering great performance.