IntroductionFrom the manufacturer arctic cooling:
- First VGA cooler with selectable cooling and noise level
absolute silence or uncompromising cooling performance
- Unique mounting clip
improves the heat transfer of the GPU to the heat sink significantly
- DHES (Direct Heat Exhaust System)
carries the warm exhaust air directly outward
|Overall Dimension||185 x 84 x 34 mm|
|Rated Fan Speeds||1200 / 2400 RPM|
|Video Card||Silencer Rev. 1||Silencer Rev. 2|
|Silencer Rev. 3|
|9800 Pro 256MB||yes||yes||yes||yes|
- VGA cooler
- AGP/PCI Slot cover with Switch
- Grounding metal sheet to go between card and slot cover
- Plastic mounting clip
- Syringe of Thermal Paste
- Installation Instructions
InstallationArctic Cooling recommends the following installation procedure which takes about 15-20 minutes:
- Remove the power connection to the stock cooler
- Remove the stock cooler
- Clean GPU core
- Put thermal paste on GPU core
- Remove old slot bracket
- Put grounding metal sheet over connectors
- Put AGP/PCI metal bracket over grounding sheet and connectors
- Plug the fan power connector into video card
- Lay the heatsink on table facing down and put the video card on it, aligning the mounting holes.
- Screw mounting clip on backside of card.
Overall, the installation is very easy, and suitable even for less experienced people.
I really like the blue backside mounting clip, it has a flexible steel clip inside that bends as mounting pressure increases - this makes it virtually impossible to crush your core, or bend the card by overtightening the screws. I killed a Radeon 9500 while mounting a waterblock and overtightening the screws, so you might want to pay attention to this.
As you can see in the last installation picture there is a small 7mm gap between the slot cover and the end of the heatsink. Unfortunately, this gap allows a little bit of warm air intended for exhaustation to escape into the case. An easy fix is to use duct tape to seal it off.
I had to remove my ramsinks (custom made, 17 mm high) from the card because the available space is only 13 mm. Also, the fan's power cable has to be bent around a bit if you plan to use ramsinks higher than 10 mm because it blocks the space above one memory chip. Tweakmonster BGA Ramsinks will fit fine on this card.
Another issue is the really small space (3-4 mm on my Abit IC7) between the backside mounting clip and northbridge cooler. This may result in problems if you are using an aftermarket heatsink on the northbridge.