ZEROtherm Hurricane HC92 Cu 8800 VGA Cooler Reviewccokeman - October 28, 2007
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Installing a radically different cooler on a pricey video card is not something normal people would attempt, especially when the first attempt meets with some serious resistance. But as an enthusiast, the old adage "If it ain't broke don't fix it" does not apply. The first thing to do to get this cooler installed would be to remove the video card from your system after shutting it down and removing the main power supply plug. After removing the card, it is best to do the work on a clean table in a well lit area to make sure you can see clearly and not lose any parts during the tear down and assembly.
Here is the card we will be installing the cooler on. It is an EVGA 8800GTS 640MB model. After pulling off the stock heatsink, the board is left bare. Start by cleaning the memory and graphics core to get them clean. Start installing the heatsinks by removing the backing paper on the thermal tape and installing them by pushing down to seat them.
Once the memory sinks are on, it is time to install the heatsink. The heatsink is held on with a series of studs and nuts that provide the correct amount of tension on the heatsink to keep it in place. Install the studs into the proper holes on the heatsink and apply the supplied thermal paste to the GPU core. Then flip the assembly over and lower the card onto the heatsink so that the studs protrude through the PCB. Install the nuts onto the studs and tighten them down in a criss cross pattern until they are seated. Flip the card over and it's ready to be installed into the system.
To get the card back into the system just reverse the steps taken to pull it out. But there is another step before you fire it up. The fan speed controller needs to be attached to the fan and to an onboard fan header to power the fan. Once the side panel is back on, we can let the games begin.
Once the card is installed, it becomes apparent that running two cards in SLI will be darn near impossible with this cooler. Why you ask? The card covers all or part of four expansion slots. This thing is huge.