Gelid Icy Vision Video Card GPU Cooler Review

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Installing the Icy Vision

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

GELID provides everything needed to mount the Icy Vision cooler to your video card. The Icy Vision can mount up to many different cards from both ATI and nVidia. Today I will be installing it on my EVGA GTX480.

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

Since the Icy Vision is able to mount on different cards the instructions are specific and vague at the same time. They tell you what pieces should go where and have small illustrations. Even if you are not up on video card anatomy you should be able to get the job done.

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

The first step after taking the card apart is putting the RAM and VRM heatsinks on. This part takes the longest. It took me about 5 minutes of repeating the same steps; peel backing off one side of thermal tape, put thermal tape on sink, peel other side backing, stick to card, hold for 10 seconds, repeat.

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

Next comes putting the retention plate on the base of the cooler. First you have to put the correct standoff posts in the right holes on the mounting plate.

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

There are two types: long body for most nVidia cards, short body for ATI cards and the 9800GTX and 250GTS nVidia cards. There is a chart in the instructions, so figuring out what standoff goes in what hole for what card is easy.

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

Once the standoffs are mounted to the mounting plate, you can then mount it to the cooler. It’s held on with 4 small screws.

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

The Icy Vision is held on with 4 spring screws with spacers.

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

Here we have the cooler on the card.

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

Looking from the side you can get a real feel for the height of the Icy Vision off the card. Everything on the card is cleared nicely.

GELID Icy Vision VGA Cooler

I then pulled the cooler back off the card to see how much of the cooler was touching the GPU. Not quite all of the GPU is covered but GF100 is rather large. Now let’s put it all back together and see how it performs.

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