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Installing the beast
Although the VF700's array of bundled screws, grommets, and brackets looks a little daunting, mounting the cooler is actually quite easy. Installation requires a screwdriver, but for a cooler of this size and weight, I'd prefer to use real metal screws rather than flaky plastic push pins anyway.


The VF700-AlCu installed on a GeForce 6600 GT


The VF700s' rear mounting bracket

Depending on the graphics card, you may need a little extra clearance at the top of the card for the VF700's cooling fins. Because of the way GeForce 6600 GT AGP cards are laid out, 30mm of clearance is required above the top of the graphics card.


Once again, keep in mind that the VF700 is most definitely a double-wide design. In fact, it may even obscure a second PCI slot, depending on the motherboard layout. At the very least, PCI cards shouldn't be put right up next to the fan where they could obstruct air flow.

Fortunately, the VF700's back bracket is short enough to avoid clearance issues on the other side of the card. That makes the VF700 much easier to accommodate than Zalman's passive ZM80 GPU cooler, which slaps massive heat sinks on both sides of the graphics card.


The VF700 is only held in place by two contact points, which allows the heat sink to rotate slightly when installed. Still, the bracket is quite secure; you'd need to really torque the graphics card—likely damaging the board in the process—to break the cooler's contact with the GPU. Rubber grommets prevent the mounting nipples from making direct contact with the PCB, and all screws are exactly the right length to prevent over-tightening.


Installing the VF700's memory heat sinks is also a snap. The heat sinks come with double-sided tape, so you can just peel and stick. Be sure to clean the surface of the graphics card's memory chips before installation, though.