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Accelero 7970 Installation Guide for Reference 7970?

post #1 of 4
Thread Starter 
I am looking into possibly getting this VGA cooler in the future, but I am absolutely dumbfounded by the .pdf on the website.

Is there any step-by-step guides available on how to install it, with pictures? I tried googling but didn't come up with much.

The PDF is honestly making my eyes bleed.
post #2 of 4
I don't have pictures of the actual install unfortunately, but I can help.

Installing an Accelero is really pretty simple. There are a few different types of the little baby heatsinks. From what I can tell they're all the same as previous versions of the Acceleros.

First, you get your old cooler off, clean up the chip, RAM and VRM stuff. Make sure to note any point on the card that had any form of thermal interface on it. There's another little chip looking thing up towards the bracket end of the card, it's important, make sure you don't miss it.

After you have it all cleaned up, sort out the little baby heatsinks. The flat, square ones are for the RAM, everything else can be used as you see fit. If memory serves, the VRM on the reference cards is in a line, right behind the chokes, I think they are. In this pic, it's where the thin, black strip of TIM would line up with, under the fan:

Anything that would be covered by a thermal pad needs a heatsink. Especially the little thing far away.

Then, mix up your thermal glue. Once you mix it though, be prepared to use it. Also, make sure you're on a flat, level surface that you can leave the card on for a long time. The RAM heatsinks are fairly straight forward to install, basically use the little spatula to spread the glue over the entire surface of the chips. Do the same for the VRM and that little thing off to the end. I like using the long, right angle ones for the VRM, and whatever one fits best on that little chip thing toward the bracket.

Any questions, just give me a ring, I've put a few of these on.
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3930k Asus Rampage IV Extreme 2x Sapphire 7950 DualX 8GB (4x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3-2000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x Samsung F3 1TB RAID0, 2x Seagate 7200.11 500GB LG Black 22x Corsair H100 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 46in TV Logitech G19 Corsair AX1200 Corsair 800D 
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Borderlands pad, signed by production team Onkyo 5.1ch surround 
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Mk. IV
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3930k Asus Rampage IV Extreme 2x Sapphire 7950 DualX 8GB (4x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3-2000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x Samsung F3 1TB RAID0, 2x Seagate 7200.11 500GB LG Black 22x Corsair H100 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 46in TV Logitech G19 Corsair AX1200 Corsair 800D 
Mouse PadAudio
Borderlands pad, signed by production team Onkyo 5.1ch surround 
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post #3 of 4
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the help man, going to go over the pdf in more detail tomorrow and circle/outline anything I am confused about.

Do you have a Steam handle I could add you on?
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Yeah, sergeanthop is my Steam. I should be on a fair amount.
Mk. IV
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3930k Asus Rampage IV Extreme 2x Sapphire 7950 DualX 8GB (4x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3-2000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x Samsung F3 1TB RAID0, 2x Seagate 7200.11 500GB LG Black 22x Corsair H100 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 46in TV Logitech G19 Corsair AX1200 Corsair 800D 
Mouse PadAudio
Borderlands pad, signed by production team Onkyo 5.1ch surround 
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Mk. IV
(15 items)
 
  
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
i7 3930k Asus Rampage IV Extreme 2x Sapphire 7950 DualX 8GB (4x2GB) Corsair XMS3 DDR3-2000 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
2x Samsung F3 1TB RAID0, 2x Seagate 7200.11 500GB LG Black 22x Corsair H100 Windows 7 Professional 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Samsung 46in TV Logitech G19 Corsair AX1200 Corsair 800D 
Mouse PadAudio
Borderlands pad, signed by production team Onkyo 5.1ch surround 
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