Doornkaat wrote on 2022-03-09, 08:23:
The heatsink is most likely factory. I have seen this exact heatsink on NIB Riva 128 cards before.
On vgamuseum.info there's a pic of the same card with the same heatsink.
Certain Asus and Miro Riva 128 came with a more professional looking heatsink as well.
Just replying even though it's already been answered.
I can confirm this is not added later by some user but these were manufactured like this. And yes it's really primitive.
Even though this is quite literally the most crappy graphics heatsink I ever did see (lol), it's still interesting from a hardware evolutionary perspective. Manufacturers were really in an experimental phase and VGA cooling evolved quite rapidly even from generation to generation. And those
tinypuny heatsinks were perhaps something of a "oh, we need cooling, what do we have in the nearest box? Yes that's heatsinks don't ask just go get the glue!" thing xD
People would need to remember that cooling was not much of a thing back then. Case fans only started popping up regularly with the advent of ATX and tbh CPU cooling was not much more either, yet at least several years ahead of GPU cooling at the time.