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Compatibility and Installation

Scythe Setsugen 2 is compatible with a lot of contemporary as well as pretty outdated graphics accelerators (which, in fact, doesn’t necessarily mean that it can cope with their cooling alright). It comes with detailed step-by-step instructions, which facilitates the installation process. Scythe Setsugen 2 is fastened using two types of retentions screwed on to the cooler base with four screws:


As we see, these aluminum retention plates have a bunch of small threaded holes, which makes Setsugen 2 compatible with so many graphics accelerators. Also, since the base is very thick, the cooler heatsink is located far enough for the graphics card PCB and therefore doesn’t interfere with any of the electronic components or other heatsinks on it.

The final step in the cooler installation process is to fasten the cooler on the PCB using four thin screws (there are two types of those bundled with the cooler) and a backplate:

I have to admit that it is very difficult to do, as it is pretty difficult to get into the right retention hole. However, if managed to accomplish that, then this is what you graphics card will look like with Scythe Setsugen 2 installed (we have an AMD Radeon HD 6970 here):


He photo on the right shows Scythe Setsugen 2 cooler with an alternative 25 mm thick fan.

And this is what a graphics card with Scythe Setsugen 2 on top will look like inside the system case:


As we see, only the closest PCI-Express slot will be blocked by the installed graphics card, but I am sure you all understand that you shouldn’t install any full-size expansion cards in it even if you could, because it will block the airflow to the graphics card and most likely will affect the cooling efficiency.

Now we should only install the rotation speed variator instead one of the back panel brackets, connect the fan power cable to the mainboard and we are ready to start. That’s pretty much the entire installation procedure for Scythe Setsugen 2. Of course, you should remember to stick all enclosed aluminum heatsinks onto the VRM components even before the Setsugen 2 cooler is in place.

In conclusion I would like to show you a photo of Scythe Setsugen 2 installed onto an AMD Radeon HD 6870:

On this graphics card (and most likely other similar ones), the cooler heatsink covers the additional power connectors, so it becomes extremely inconvenient to connect and disconnect additional power.

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