I have here today the Prototype of the new Universal AIO Bracket System GPU COOL.
Mounting an AIO (all in one) to a graphics card has become a very simple, affordable, effective method to apply a water cooling system to a graphics card. The original idea was to mount an AIO to the GPU using Zip-Ties. A few specific bracket solutions were eventually developed to make mounting a lot easier.GPU Cool
offers a universal bracket solution. It will allow the mounting of both Nvidia and AMD graphics cards with your AIO of choice! The simple design allows for a large range of graphic card applications and is easy to use. Please keep in mind this is a prototype. The final product will incorporate improvements and come powder coated black so that it blends in with the rest of your system.What you get!
The bracket system comes packaged in a protective bubble lined bag. Within the bag you will find two small bags containing the mounting hardware and copper shims to allow compatibility with height restrictions. The two metal brackets come strapped together to minimize movement, but in my demonstration I have removed this strap to show you both brackets clearly. This is a complete package!
Remember this is a mod. All mod risks apply here. Use At Your Own Risk.
I will be using my GTX 470 with the PCB heat plate removed to show how to install this bracket system. Unfortunately due to the mounting design of the PCB heat plate the included screws are not compatible. No worries, the PCB holes fit just fine. Setting up your GPU with GPU Cool.
Begin by removing your GPU from your system. Take off the stock cooling solution and set aside. I recommend cleaning off the old Thermal Paste.
Now take both long screws and thread a plastic washer over each end. Insert both screws into two mounting points on the back-end of the GPU. See my picture of the mounting holes I used, but you are free to use any mounting points you’d like. A diagonal setup offers the best compatibility.
Once both screws are fitted to the card thread another plastic washer over each screw. Now secure the screw to the card with the included metal nuts. I used a screw driver to tighten the nut. It only needs to be snug and maybe another quarter turn.
Mounting the AIO.
You’ll notice my Kuhler has no tubes. Don’t worry, it’s Ok, really, I just set them aside for another mod. During installation this is the step to check the position of your AIO. Now is the time to apply some Thermal Paste to your GPU.
Take the rectangular bracket that has a single screw hole in it, and a long rectangular cut out, and position it over the two mounting screws. You may position the bracket in any direction you’d like, but I recommend positioning the single screw hole side towards the front, or connection side, of the GPU.
Fit two metal washers over the mounting screw ends and secure with two metal nuts. You can use a socket or wrench to tighten. Do not over tighten. Just like the mounting screws the securing nuts only need to be snug, and then maybe another quarter turn. You do not need a pressure mount; just need it tight and even. Too much torquing could lead to damaging a bare GPU die. I just used my fingers to tighten.
That’s it! Congratulations your AIO is now firmly secured to your GPU.
Optional Fan Mount
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The other T shaped bracket is used to mount a fan to your setup. Just like when you first installed the mounting screws to the GPU, thread the smaller screw back-end up through the rectangular cut out of the metal bracket used to secure the AIO.
Mount the fan to the rectangular side of the T bracket with the normal fan mounting screws. The long pointed end of the bracket should face away from the fan. The bracket only allows up to a 92mm fan. In my demonstration I only have a 120mm fan, which does not fit. You may mount the fan on either the outside or inside of the bracket, whichever fits accordingly. For SLI/Xfire I suggest to mount the fan on the inside of the bracket, closest to the GPU. Make sure the fan clears all of the capacitors!
With the fan now mounted to the T bracket, thread the mounting screw through the pointed end of the fan bracket. The cut out allows for adjustment. Tighten accordingly. You can tighten this one all you like.
Edited by Aparition - 10/23/13 at 12:08pm
I found it easiest to mount the fan first, then secure to the AIO. The cut outs allow you to adjust the positioning of the fan and brackets to best fit your GPU setup.
Enjoy your GPU Cool bracket system.