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Cooler Master CoolViva Pro Vga Cooler

Former staff writer    -   April 17, 2007


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Installation:

Before the installation, I ran a series of tests with my stock cooler on my card at stock settings and overclocked by playing a game for a half an hour at each clock configuration. I recorded the temperatures by right clicking on the desktop, clicking “Properties”, then selecting the “Settings” tab, then clicking on the “Advanced” button, and finally, selecting the tab that corresponds with my graphics card. A slide-out box will appear and you just click on the “Temperature Settings” selection to show the temperature of your card.


I then proceeded to try to install this cooler onto my card. This is where I took my beatings. I began by opening the instructions (big mistake) and following them. The first thing you see is a product overview with a chart of the different cards this cooler works on. In this chart, I find my card, a GeForce 7600 series, which according to the chart, uses the “B” clips. So, I removed the already installed “A” clips and put on the “B” clips and screw the studs into them.

 
 
Clip B

Nvidia GeForce 6200 series (Except GeForce 6200 AGP series)

Nvidia GeForce 6600 series (Except GeForce 6600 AGP series)

Nvidia GeForce 7600 series
Nvidia GeForce 7600 series

Proceeding onto step 1, I guess I was done! Basically it said to remove original cooler, erase glue, and fix on the new cooler. What more is there? Well, being a logical person, I figured they made a boo boo so I continued by removing my original heat sink/fan combo.

 


Step 2 requires you to peel off the protective cover of the adhesive tape from the memory heat sinks and stick them to your memory chips on your card. So far, so good.


Step 3 wants the new thermal paste applied to the vga processing chip. Before I can do this step, I need to clean the old thermal compound from my processing chip. I have found that Q-tips and a cleaner called ArctiClean work wonderfully together. This cleaner will not leave any residue behind after you are finished cleaning. So after the cleaning is done, I apply a thin layer of the included thermal compound onto the chip. This thin layer is to be just enough to fill in the small imperfections in the surfaces of the cooler and the vga processing chip to help make a more precise contact. Next, you are required to apply a small square cutout of foam insulating tape around the vga chip. This foam tape is to help balance the load of the coolers pressure that will be applied to the vga chip so you don’t have too much pressure on one corner of the chip and crack it, rendering it useless.

 


There is also a protective film on the raised surface of the cooler that must be removed before you can attach the cooler to your card.


 




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Installation and Specifications
  3. Installation and Specifications Continued
  4. Testing
  5. Conclusion
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