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Compatibility and Installation Tips

The installation of Deepcool V6000 is described in great detail in the manual. The manual also lists all compatible graphics cards using a very illustrative layout with dimensions:

As we see, this list is pretty extensive, even though it doesn’t mention such new products as Nvidia GeForce GTX 560, GTX 560 Ti, GTX 570 and GTX 580 as well as AMD Radeon HD 6850, HD 6950 and HD 6970, which can also be used with Deepcool V6000. The retention brackets have a lot of holes, so hopefully the cooler will also fit onto the upcoming graphics cards. I have to add that the distance from the center of the cooler base to the farthest end of the curving heatpipes is 800 mm and when they come out of the cooler base they go very close to the graphics card PCB surface. In particular, this was the reason why we couldn’t install Deepcool V6000 onto a reference AMD Radeon HD 6870, which VRM components are located on the front part of the PCB.

Strange as it might seem, but we would recommend starting the installation process with attaching the fans. The thing is that it is easier to clip them onto the heatsink before it is installed onto the graphics card. And the heatsink can be easily installed onto the card even with the fans already on. The fans are fastened using wire clips of two types:

  

The clips are very sturdy, so you will have to apply some effort if you want to remove the fans from the heatsink at some point. However, this retention is extremely secure and together with the soft anti-vibration coating it completely eliminated any possible movement or jingling of the heatsink fins.

By the way, according to Deepcool, these clips can also hold one or two 120x120x25 mm fans, although we can’t figure out who and why will ever need this.

Then we use the above provided layout to pick the right brackets and screw them on to the base:

The next step is to apply a layer of thermal paste onto the GPU, place the graphics card on top of the cooler sitting upside down on the desk and tighten the spring-screws with washers:

This is the schematic illustration of the entire installation procedure:

But it is definitely easier to do when the cooler lies on the desk and the graphics card is on top of it, just as we have just described. The illustration also shows heatsinks stuck to the memory and VRM chips of the graphics card. Whether or not to install them depends on the graphics card type and particular model.

This is what Deepcool V6000 looks like on our EVGA GeForce GTX 560 Superclocked graphics card:

The cooler installed onto the graphics card blocks three PCI slots next to it:

Unfortunately, it is a pretty serious drawback of the new Deepcool V600 solution. Moreover, a sound card in the fourth PCI slot may also become a problem.

The heat-spreader of the cooler base is large enough to cover almost the entire Nvidia GF114 GPU:

 

Deepcool V600 also fit easily onto VTX3D Radeon HD 6970 2 GB X-Edition graphics card:

This is the imprint left by the GPU on the cooler base:

 

These will be the two graphics accelerators, which we will use for our today’s Deepcool V6000 test session. But first let’s check out its technical specifications and refresh our memory regarding the testing methodology.

 
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