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VRM Heatsinks for GTX 480

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Greetings,

I'm making my first attempt to install a water cooling kit to my GTX 480. I am using the Arctic Cooling Accelero Hybrid kit. I am hoping to get the temps and noise down a bit from stock. I don't have any plans at this time to OC the card, but haven't ruled that out in the future.

I have a couple of questions about the heatsink placement for VRMs. First one is, If the complete chip isn't covered by a heatsink will that be a problem? Second, what are the little chips that are next to the VRMs? The ones with the Red arrows next to them. Do I need to have a heatsink on those? I'm trying to get the optimal layout of heatsinks figured out, but I was having a bit of difficulty looking for the info.




I appreciate any assistance that can be provided.
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I'd like to get my hands on a Swiftech MCW80-GTX480. In the picture below you can see where they put thermal tape.



Frozen CPU also has a slick cooler, though...large.

http://www.frozencpu.com/products/11666/vid-152/Thermalright_VRM-G2_VGA_Voltage_Regulator_Cooler_nVidia_GTX_480.html

If you go the traditional route, here's a 480 with them applied.

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