Gigabyte 3D Rocket II vs. G-Power Lite

Article Index
Gigabyte 3D Rocket II vs. G-Power Lite
3DRocket II Specs and Features
3DRocket II Installation
G-Power Lite - First Look
G-Power Lite Specs and Features
G-Power Lite Installation
Side-by-Side Performance and Conclusion

Product(s): Gigabyte 3D Rocket II (GH-PCU23-VE), G-Power Lite (GH-PDU22-SC) HSF
Provided By: Gigabyte
Price(s): ~$55CDN, ~$34CDN Online

Introduction:

Gigabyte has come a long way since it's early days of value motherboards.  Back in the early days, Gigabytes focus was toward entry-level system builders and do-it-yourself techs.  Today, they have broadened their product line to include entry level motherboards as well as some of the fastest, highest overclocking motherboards on the market.  Besides desktop motherboards, Gigabyte also produces server boards, graphics cards, networking notebook computers, storage devices, peripherals and thermal solutions. Today we are taking a look at a couple of Gigabytes latest thermal products that are designed to fit the mainstream computer platforms available, and provide adequate cooling without costing a fortune.  We've got two coolers - the GH-PCU23-VE (3D Rocket II), and the GP-PDU22-SC (G-Power Lite), and will compare them in performance to one of the best Zalman coolers available, the CNPS9700 LED.

3D Rocket II - First Look:

First up we have a look at the 3D Rocket II heatsink.  This heatsink is one of the larger heatsinks we've looked at and is certainly quite tall.  It comes is a nice flashy package that shows off the cooler on three sides.  This way to can get a good idea as to what the cooler looks like and how it will fit in with your computer's theme.

 Rocket II Box
Rocket II Box
 Rocket II Bundle
Rocket II Bundle

The Rocket II comes with a variable fan speed controller than can either be placed at the front of your case by using the included 3.5" bay device or the rheostat can be removed and placed in the included PCI slot bracket for rear-mounted fan speed control.  The 3D Rocket II includes mounting hardware for Intel LGA775 and Socket 478, as well as AMD socket 754, 939, 940 and AM2.  Mounting of LGA775 requires motherboard removal in order to install a retention frame (not pictured), but other platforms should work by using the included hardware without motherboard removal.

 

Controller Damage
Controller Damage

The way Gigabyte has packaged this cooler allows for a fair bit of movement in the package.  This caused a bit of superficial damage to the from fan controller knob as you can see above.  This didn't affect the performance of the control at all, just the visible appearance.