ZEROtherm GX815 Gamer Edition Vga Coolerccokeman - May 20, 2007
To install this cooler, you will first need to remove the card from your existing chassis, or if you are going to install it on a new video card, just remove it from the packaging and put the card on to a cleared out well-lit workplace. We will be pulling the card from an existing computer chassis for this exercise. The cooler will be installed on an ATI built X1900XT video card. This card is currently equipped with another company's aftermarket cooling solution, so we will be using it for our demonstration. One note of warning is that you may void your warranty by installing aftermarket devices to your video card.
The first thing we will do is remove the existing heatsink. This is what we are starting with.
Once you have the old cooler assembly off, you will need to clean off the old heatsink compound and any residual adhesive on the memory chips. The first step in the process is to install the supplied memory heatsinks. They have a pre-applied thermal tape so that you push on and release to attach them.
Following the heatsink installation, I installed the supplied mounting hardware to the heatsink. I used the high profile non-dual GPU specific components since I will not be using this card in a Crossfire setup. I then applied the thermal paste to the GPU and set the GX815 into place. With the longer studs, this was a painless process. Finish up with installing the knurled nuts to the studs from the back side of the card, tighten evenly to prevent core breakage, and you are ready to start gaming worry-free.
As you can see, this cooler is pretty compact once installed. It is still a true two slot cooling solution, so if you are interested in going Crossfire or SLI, plan accordingly.