Compatibility and Installation Tips
Gelid Icy Vision is compatible with majority of contemporary graphics cards including AMD Radeon HD 68xx and HD 69xx, as well as Nvidia GeForce GTX 560 (Ti), GTX 570 and even GTX 580. You can download detailed installation instructions for AMD and Nvidia graphics cards from the official company web-site. As for us, we are going to study the installation process using reference AMD Radeon HD 6970 graphics accelerator as an example.
First of all, you have to remove the default cooling system and clean the GPU surface, VRM components and memory chips removing the traces of thermal paste and thermal pads:
After that you have to attach enclosed VRM heatsinks using double-sided thermal pads from the Gelid accessories bundle:
Unfortunately, the long aluminum VRM heatsink turned out incompatible with our Radeon HD 6970, so we had to use only small individual heatsinks.
After that you fasten the retention plate to the bottom of the cooler using enclosed screws. Insert the threaded mounts into the appropriate holes and secure them in place with screw-nuts on the other side:
Use the table and illustration below to determine into which holes to insert the mounts:
If you don’t see your particular graphics card in this table, you can simply measure the distance between the retention holes on your graphics card PCB and then install the mounts into the corresponding holes in the cooler retention plate.
The only thing left to do at this point is to apply a layer of thermal paste to the GPU surface, install the cooler and tighten the screw-nuts over the washers evenly on the other side:
And that’s all: Gelid Icy Vision is successfully installed onto an AMD Radeon HD 6970:
Inside the system case the installed cooler will block two PCI slots next to the graphics card:
It is best to keep the third PCI slot free as well, to ensure that there is proper airflow going towards the Gelid Icy Vision fans. It is possible to use this cooler in CrossFireX or SLI configurations, but in this case we will need a mainboard with two PCI Express slots that are pretty far apart and a long flexible connector bridge. I also have to add that all graphics card coolers like Gelid Icy Vision have one drawback in common: they keep most of the warm air inside the system case, while most reference coolers push it outside the case. Therefore, we would like to stress once again that it is important to have a larger system case with well-organized internal ventilation to ensure that coolers of this type work effectively.