Thermalright Shaman 140mm Fan GPU Cooler

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The most critical aspect of installation is for the heatsink to be securely mounted. A firm mating results in good contact between the heatsink's base and the GPU core and more efficient heat conduction. Ideally installation should also be a simple procedure with the user having to handle as few pieces of hardware as possible.

The Shaman follows a familiar mounting paradigm. First screws with threads on both sides are secured to the appropriate mounting holes.

On the other side, thick rubber washers are set down against the PCB, followed by a metal backplate, thin plastic washers, and finally nuts. The second set of plastic washers are very small and easy to lose; we misplaced one and had to replace it with a paper one.

There is plenty of clearance underneath the heatsink. Thermalright could easily provide taller memory and VRM heatsinks.

The Shaman stretches 46 mm over the side of our HD 5870 test card's circuit board. Narrow cases need not apply.

Viewed at an angle with the fan mounted.

The final product takes up four slots in total. Though the card dips down slightly on the far side from the weight and fan clips stick out a little bit, it shouldn't touch a card occupying the slot below. Note: we had to unplug one of the front USB connectors on our board as it interefered with the fan.

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