Heres our victim: A power Color 5850
Heres the back, where i have to remove the screws to seperate the the board from the reference cooler.
all seperated, you can see where the cooler hits the GPU and where the thermal pads are:
Here you can see i need to remove about 8 screws(more on that in a minute), so I can seperate that black metal plate from the rest of the junk, so i can reinstall it.
Heres the GPU all cleaned of its cheap goop. All shiny!
Heres everything separated (and if you notice on the bottom piece, i broke it, 2 screws would not come out, and the plastic actually broke as i was trying to get them out! This cooler better work now! ) Its only a $300 video card, no biggie
heres the back plate, reinstalled.(the part i wasnt sure would work)
screws back in!
View from the bottom. As you can see on the right, some of the fins hit the DVI port, I have to cut/bend about 11 of them to get it to fit)
close up of the bottom (so you can see how close it sits to the base)
view from the top, so you can see the clearance for the heat pipes.
itrs running like a champ.
If you remember i cant run the reference fan past 40% because it sounds like a jet engine. This cooler, I can run at 100, and you cant hear it at all! Its silent!
Now on to the quick stats:
Reference cooler:(fan 40%)
stock is 725/1000 Volts 1.08
I stopped at 850/1170 temps GPU/MEM were 62C/71C (100% load test)thats about as comfortable as i was willing to get. Volts 1.175
With the Turbo Pro temps went to 46C/68C
quick test I OCed to 925/1200 and it was 51c/72c.
loving it. Better cooling on GPU, it keeps the Mm/vrms as cool (most aftermarket coolers are having a hard time keeping the mem/vrms cool without the stock baseplate) as the reference cooler, and silent!
4 hours of playing company of heroes and borderlands last night with the 875/1175 OC, and the GPU never broke 40C and the ram/vrms 42C
Edit: i forgot to mention. Tighten all the screws well. I was afraid at 1st, and got some crappy temps, when i tightened everything as best I could, temps were great.