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Thermalright HR-03 VGA Cooler Review

Manufacturer: Thermalright

Introduction and Features

The HR-03 video card cooler features classic Thermalright construction and incorporates four heat pipes to efficiently transport heat from the copper base into a large array of aluminum fins.  The HR-03 is designed to work with both ATI and nVIDIA video cards and can be used with or without a fan.  It can be mounted in either of two ways, with the cooling fins on one side of the video card or the other, to better utilize available space.  The HR-03 builds upon Thermalright's successful V-1 Ultra VGA cooler and promises even greater performance.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />



The Thermalright HR-03 heatsink can be used with a 92mm fan of your choice or it can be used in passive mode without a fan.  In many cases, the HR-03 will perform very well in pseudo-passive mode, when using the airflow generated by a nearby CPU cooler or case fan.


HR-03 Features and Specifications:

  • Designed to work with or without a fan

  • Passive cooling delivers silent operation

  • High performance and low noise when used with a fan

  • Copper base, multiple heat pipes and large fin area for optimum heat transfer

  • Proprietary fin design for efficient ventilation

  • Two ways of mounting cooler for best space utilization

  • Light weight and easy to install

  • Both ATI and nVIDIA platforms supported

  • Wire clips for directly mounting an optional 92mm fan


The good folks at Thermalright also sent along a syringe of their new Chill Factor thermal compound.  It features an environmentally friendly formulation, which is easy to apply and is non-electrically conductive.



Chill Factor Technical Specifications:

  • Color: White

  • Volume: 4.8 ml

  • Thermal resistance: 0.047

  • Life expectancy: 12 months

The HR-03 heatsink comes in a traditional Thermalright cardboard box, along with printed instructions and mounting hardware.  Users must supply a 92mm fan of their choice.



  • Thermalright HR-03 heatsink

  • ATI and nVIDIA mounting hardware

  • V-RAM aluminum heatsinks (4 low profile, 7 full height)

  • Fan mounting wires (2)

  • Tube of Thermalright thermal compound

  • Thermalright label

  • Printed Installation sheets (2)


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