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The Battle-Axe comes with mounting hardware, low-profile ramsinks, a
heatsink for the NVIO chip found on some Geforce 8800 series cards, four
extra rubber isolators, a dual 3-pin fan adapter, and thermal compound.
Accessories and mounting equipment.
Xigmatek supplies six standard BGA sized ramsinks and
two larger ones that are long enough to cover three chips on their own.
The thermal adhesive on the ramsinks unfortunately do not stick very well
and fell off several times when we tried to apply them to our test card.
If you wish to attempt to use them, we recommend cleaning the memory chips
carefully so that they are dust-free and heating up the adhesive before
application to help facilitate bonding.
Mounting arms installed.
The installation procedure is fairly simple. The mounting clips are screwed
into the base, and four hex-screws are secured to the appropriate holes.
Back of the card.
On the back of the card, four spring-loaded nuts attach to the hex-screws
protruding from the other side, in essence, capping them.
It seems the mounting hardware is somewhat fragile. We slightly over-tightened
one of the nuts (despite the fact that it has a spring to prevent this),
and were rewarded with the sound of ricocheting metal. A portion of the
one of the hex-screws snapped off inside the nut. To keep proper distance
on that corner of the mount we improvised, using a small piece of plastic
with a hole inside it, approximately the same height as the fat portion
of the hex-screw. It was taped on so it wouldn't move about (see picture
A second nut/screw set became stuck together and effectively became one
piece (unbinding them would have probably ended badly) which is why the
picture below only shows two hex-screws. The Zalman VF series VGA coolers
use a similar installation system, but unlike the Battle-Axe, their screws
are thicker with coarser threads and the use of thumbscrews keeps fumbling
to a minimum. The Battle-Axe's mounting equipment is flimsy and fidgety
Thermal compound footprint.