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In a test 15 years ago: ZEROtherm loudly kept graphics cards cool

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In the test 15 years ago, the ZEROtherm Hurricane HC92 (test) was a graphics card cooler that convinced with excellent cooling performance and quality. The Hurricane HC92 had to take criticism for living up to its name and working deafeningly loudly.

The Hurricane HC92 weighed 372 grams, measured 169.7 × 97.1 × 54.5 mm (L × W × H) and was mainly made of copper. Due to the expansive design, the Hurricane HC92 occupied two additional PCIe slots. A total of four 6 mm heat pipes ensure heat dissipation. The built-in 92 mm fan worked in a speed range of 1,500 to 3,300 rpm.

ZEROtherm offered the cooler in two versions: the standard version and the 8800 version, which was supplied with aluminum coolers for the GeForce 8800 series voltage converters and should also have specially selected heat pipes. For a price of around 40 euros, in addition to the cooler itself, eight green anodized aluminum passive cooling blocks for the graphics memory, a syringe of thermal paste, the assembly material including brief instructions and a somewhat strangely shaped rotary potentiometer fan control were included.

(Loud) strong cooling

In the test on an Asus Radeon X1900 XTX, the Hurricane HC92 offered a very good cooling performance with temperatures up to 6 Kelvin lower than the best competitor. Even at the minimum speed of around 1,500 rpm, the Hurricane HC92 achieved the same temperatures as the second most powerful cooler. ZEROtherm paid for this good cooling performance with a deafening volume. At maximum speed, the cooler reached over 50 dB(A). When the plastic cover, which was not conducive to cooling performance, was removed, this dropped to a still-loud 44 dB(A). The cooler was never really quiet: Even at minimum speed and without a plastic cover, the sound pressure level was still 34 dB(A) and thus twice as high on the logarithmic decibel scale as with the Accelero S1 at 5V, which is 30.6 dB(A) came.

“GPU”: chip temperature | “Amb”: Ambient sensor on circuit board | “VRM”: Voltage Transformer Temperature

Conclusion

The ZEROtherm Hurricane HC92 lived up to its name. While it offered very good cooling performance, it was bought at a high price for 40 euros and an uncomfortably high sound pressure level. The graphics card cooler was therefore not convincing at the end of the test, the significantly cheaper Accelero S1 offered a better overall package.

In the category “In the test 15 years ago”, the editors have been taking a look at the test archive every Saturday since July 2017. The last 20 articles that appeared in this series are listed below:

More content of this kind and many other reports and anecdotes can be found in the retro corner in the ComputerBase forum.

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The best contents of the week in MuyPymes

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We end one more Sunday with a new summary of the best content that we have published in MuyPymes, a classic where you will find the most important news of the week and you can catch up with just a few clicks. As always, we wish you a good Monday.

  • Where can I use the newborn, euro digital?
  • The State plans to increase spending on technology by 12% this year.
  • Online sales will increase in Spain by 20%.
  • Seven out of 10 ICT companies will increase their workforce in Spain.
  • These are the growth prospects for the label market in 2023.
  • Sony updates its camera catalog with the new 4K PTZ.
  • Apple will release a new iPad Mini later this year.
  • Epson expands its catalog of projectors with new 3LCD 4KE models.
  • Apple is working on a flexible iPad, and it could arrive next year.
  • Flexible remuneration, that great unknown.
  • These are the trends that will mark 2023 in the organization of events.
  • Titbit raises 150,000 euros in its second investment round.
  • Getac introduces the S410 laptop and F110 tablet, two ruggedized and powerful 5G-enabled computers.
  • Epson presents its new EB series video projectors.
  • How to choose hosting and domain for my website.
  • Brother expands its catalog of two-inch ticket and label printers.
  • Samsung presents the new Galaxy Book3.
  • What can we expect about cybersecurity, in the coming months.
  • Artificial Intelligence: how will it affect jobs?
  • Microsoft is starting to show full-screen Microsoft 365 ads.
  • Do you want to help children in vulnerable situations?
  • Microsoft Teams is integrated into the Elgato Stream Deck.

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Barcelona offers 200,000 euros to the project that reduces the accident rate of motorcycles

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Barcelona City Council has launched a challenge for companies, startups, universities and innovation centers to present urban solutions that have as objective reduce motorcycle-related accidents. The chosen projects, which will be applied in the city, are part of the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility initiative that promotes pilot tests to improve mobility.

Barcelona is one of the European cities with a greater presence of motorcycles and mopeds which represent 33% of the total census of vehicles, and motorcycle drivers account for 86% of the seriously injured, according to the balance of road accidents for the first half of 2022. With the aim of reducing accidents and increasing road safety in the city, these entities have launched this initiative to find and apply innovative solutions on the streets of the city, with the collaboration of the Tomorrow.Mobility show organized by Fira and the EIT Urban Mobility (European Union initiative).

The challenge, launched internationally, counts with an economic endowment of 200,000 euros, which will correspond to a maximum of 80% of the total amount of the winning solutions. The projects can be aimed at resolving the accident rate from behavioral innovation, that is, with solutions related to driving habits, and from technological innovation.

The execution time of the selected proposals is 18 months, of which the pilot phase must be a minimum of six. The proposals must be applicable in a real environment in the short term and must define, in this sense, its deployment space. In addition, it must achieve quantifiable results in relation to the safety of motorcyclists and third parties, which are lasting over time. Its innovative and differential component will also be valued both in the methodologies and resources used and in its execution.

This call is aimed at companies, startups, universities, research centers, technology centers, associations and foundations that have until next March 1 to present their projects. A committee of experts will assess the technical quality of the works presented and will choose the winning solutions that could be applied in Barcelona during that same year. The projects will have international projection with their participation in the next edition of Tomorrow.Mobility, which will be held next November together with the Smart City Expo World Congress at Fira de Barcelona.

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Microsoft Teams integrates into Elgato Stream Deck

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The Elgato Stream Deck is a very interesting peripheral that we had the opportunity to analyze at the time, and that allows you to create different shortcuts and functions that will be associated to each of the available buttons. It allows you to create different usage profiles, and we can switch between them in a very simple way.

For example, we can assign to a button that directly opens a web page, to run a specific application, to perform a specific action and we can also set specific commands and download completely free applications. It is a very interesting solution, especially for professionals who are dedicated to content creation and streaming.

The point is that the Redmond giant has released an official plugin that allows you to integrate an Elgato Stream Deck device with Microsoft Teams. This plugin was announced by the American company earlier this week, but it was officially launched yesterday. The installation process is quite simple, but we can find more information in the official Microsoft forums.

Once installed, we can use the Elgato Stream Deck to access shortcuts and specific functions that will improve our user experience with Microsoft Teams. Thus, for example, we can blur the background in a video call by pressing a button, and we can also assign other specific functions such as raising and lowering our hand, muting ourselves, recording, and even to show live reactions during meetings.

This new plugin enhances the value of the Elgato Stream Deck, making it a very interesting solution for those who work remotely and have to participate in frequent video calls and events. Obviously it is still an excellent option for content creators and streaming professionals as well. I remind you that it is available in different versions, and that the standard MK.2 model with 15 buttons is priced at €149.99.

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