Value for Money
Caseking.de distributes the Prolimatech MK-13 with two Scythe S-Flex
fans for 69.90 Euro, including German VAT. If you want the passive version, the recommended price for Europe is 49.90 Euro
[again, including German VAT]. We have used fans inside the SilverStone case and additionally lowered the noise coming from the system but in reality, if you want to cool down professional GPUs such as FirePro and Quadro, it adds an unnecessary cost. Cooling down the overclocked consumer GPUs is all together - a story for another article. Getting silence and better-than-stock cooling performance on $1,200-1,800 parts for 50 Euro is nothing, compared to the peace of mind and the fact that no longer you hear complaints from designers and engineers that they require "graveyard silence". Conclusion
One of the major concerns for any business is the "Void your warranty" factor. The R&D studio runs on hundreds of thousands of dollars in equipment and software, but at one point, it stops being a concern. $1000 GPU in a $10,000 workstation with $15,000 in software is a little concern if you know that psychological factor of keeping engineers and designers is actually in the "high productivity mode".
In the end, we can conclude that Prolimatech made a big step forward when it comes to delivering excellent cooling performance even in passive mode. The only reason why we cannot give an award for the part is the fact that thermal adhesive "let go" on a $1,100 card is a show stopper. We have contacted the manufacturer and we expect that the new versions of the product come with better adhesive for the DRAM heatsinks.
Based on this experience, we're now making a case study on the impact of GPUs in a traditional working environment and how GPU increase productivity, as well as impact of modded GPUs. This is a field that nobody covered before, and you can be sure we'll publish our findings when we finish with the research.
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