Assembly and Finished Product
We received the HD 7970 edition because we have been and are continuing to test with this HIS HD7950 IceQ Turbo video card. At least until mining drops and prices return to normal, this will do. Now to take off the stock cooler.
At this point, we have the cooler and support frame off of the card. This point is obviously when you want to clean up the core and surrounding area, and this is also when you want to take a rubber eraser and clean the various chips that need cooling. This will allow the heat sinks to have half a chance at adhering well.
At this point, we have the low-profile heat sinks on the memory chips to the left as the pipes will conflict with the larger ones. Outside of that, we used the larger ones around most of the rest of the card except in the power delivery area at the right, where we used longer thin ones at an angle to avoid resistors on the PCB.
To get the smaller chips in between a couple of chokes, we did have to take the Dremmel to this heat sink to make it able to cover where we needed. While the set of heat sinks supplied is pretty universal, for something billed as HD7900 series ready, we would not have expected to need to mod things to fit.
We also noticed that the factory heat sink and support bar had these four chips under this sink covered. With nothing larger to go with, we took one of the larger sinks and stuck it on all four together. While not ideal in our eyes, it was sufficient enough to not cause any issues.
We had to do a bit of prep to the cooler as well. Of course, we would have to install the studs into the base mounting brackets, but again, this cooler was billed to fit this series of card, and I think it should come with the proper mounting brackets already on the base. It may also help users if somewhere on the box, or in the instructions, that they specified either the socket spacing or pointed to which holes in these brackets we are to use rather than leaving you to search Google for that information if you lack an accurate measuring device.
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