Installation and Finished Product
The victim! This is my EVGA 9800GTX which for folding purposes I flashed it with a GTS 250 BIOS from another vendor. Yes, it is the lazy way out, but the overclock was stock with the 250's BIOS over the vanilla 9800GTX. Screenshots to follow will show up as a GTS 250. I wanted to clear up any confusion before I continue.
I got a little ahead of my camera while I was removing the stock cooler and doing a bit of cleaning so it was pretty for the images. I have already cleaned the die and the RAM IC's with multiple passes of 90% alcohol. I had already stuck on the RAM sinks before I realized I didn't have an image at this point.
Continuing on with the CoolMaxx's installation, it was fairly simple to get where I am here. Simply put a drop of ZEROtherm's compound on the clean die, add the washers to the die side of the PCB, around the mounting holes, and screw it down. The CoolMaxx 2000 fits very securely to the 9800 GTX and causes no "bow" or "warp" of the PCB.
Overall the CoolMaxx 2000 is fairly short, and as you can see there is nothing sent to cool the power management end of the PCB. For the 9800 GTX, that isn't an issue, but I can see now why the GTX 260 and up are not listed. They can get quite hot if not cooled correctly. From this angle you can see one other thing that may come into play with you cooler purchase, the CoolMaxx does block the path of SLI bridges; I would assume it may impede with Crossfire as well.
The CoolMaxx is plenty clear of any major motherboard components, at least while testing on my DFI LP P45 JR. The heatpipes are plenty clear of the slots and caps. Something to note here, there is a wire clip set into the fins that hold the 3-pin connector and wire out of harm's way. While it is short, and may not make it to your GPU fan header, you can plug it directly into a PSU or use the controller they sent with it.
This last image was to point out two things. First, I was impressed with the room under the CoolMaxx, it allows plenty of room for any caps and the RAM sinks. The second point is that if you look, the CoolMaxx 2000 doesn't take up any more thickness than the stock dual slot cooler.
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