Originally Posted by rockcoeur
Not sure if I understood the right thing, but if I remove the entire black "heatsink", I can remove the fan by unscrewing 2 screws, then put it back without the fan? Cause I'd like to use the card with only a universal GPU block and the black thing as the heat spreader instead of the little things with fins you have to buy.
I'm not sure how effective the aluminum heatsink assembly (Black part) would be as a passive heatsink with no airflow. You have to remember there is the plastic shroud over top of the entire assembly which forces all the airflow from the fan to blow across the black heatsink assembly and go through the fins of the GPU heatsink block. The fan is also literally above a section of chips that have thermal pads for contact with the heatsink assembly.
When you do remove the black assembly but want to reuse it, be careful not to lose the really tiny pieces of thermal tape that cover 6 very small chips at the fan end of the card. In mine there are 3 large pads (that each cover sets of 6 chips) and then next to those are 6 tiny pads specifically for some small chips next to those groupings of 6. The thermal pads on those are tiny and easy to lose.
EDIT: And yes the two screws are there for removal of the fan from the assembly (one is slightly hidden by a thermal pad)