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Arctic Cooling VGA Silencer REV .2 Review

Former staff writer    -   March 5, 2004


Installation
Arctic cooling did a top notch job on the instructions. Some modification is required for installation of the VGA silencer, but the clear pictures and detailed instructions make installation a breeze. After removal of the stock heatsink the PCI bracket needs to be removed from the VGA inputs. After removing the four screws from the VGA inputs you can then remove the stock PCI bracket. Before you install new PCI bracket you must first place the metal grounding guard over the VGA inputs. Now you can install the new double slot PCI bracket, and plug up the VGA silencer’s fan.




Once you have the fan plugged in and the new PCI bracket installed the only thing holding you back are two screws. Putting the card on top of the VGA silencer line up the thread holes, and secure the retention bracket to the heatsink with a Philips head screwdriver. I really like that the retention bracket allows more pressure then the traditional push pins. This means that you can create better contact with the GPU'. The only thing I didn’t like was the gap between the PCI bracket and the heatsink, but it is common according to the instructions to have a gap up to 7MM from the PCI bracket.




The VGA silencer takes up the PCI slot below the AGP card, but this should not be a problem since most people don’t use that PCI slot. From the back of the case we can see the switch for high or low fan speed, and exhaust slot of the VGA silencer.



  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation
  3. Testing & Conclusion
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