Koolance VID-282 Cooling Block
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The Koolance VID-282 8800GTX video card cooler is a beautiful piece of hardware.  It incorporates a huge copper base that is gold plated inside and out to prevent tarnishing and corrosion.  A clear anodized aluminum cover is attached to the front side, prominently displaying the Koolance logo.  The two halves are bolted together and sealed with a large O-ring.

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Waste heat from the VRMs and PCI-E controller chip is conducted thru the thick copper base plate and dissipated into the central area.

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With the cover removed, you can see that only the mid section of the base plate is directly water-cooled.  Koolance uses an array of tiny square blocks to increase the wetted surface area and flow diverters to channel the water for better heat transfer.  The low profile design is compatible with dual video card setups and features threaded ports on both sides so nozzles can be installed on either side of the card.

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The backside of the cooling block contains 11 threaded inserts, which are used to attach the cooler to the 8800 GTX/Ultra video card (using the stock springs and screws from the NVidia air cooler).

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The VID-282 cooling block measures 7.3” x 4.7” x 0.6” (185mm x 120mm x 14mm) and weighs a full 2 pounds (907g).

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In addition to the VID-282 cooling block, the retail box contains eight thermal pads (for the memory chips, VRMs, and PCI-E controller chip), spare mounting screws, and printed installation instructions.  And just like the CPU-330, you must select what size and configuration of nozzles you want and purchase them separately.


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