InstallationInstalling the CPU-330 Cooling Block
The obvious first step is to remove the existing CPU cooler and clean the processor in preparation for applying new thermal compound and mounting the Koolance waterblock. For this review I will be using an Intel LGA775 motherboard and processor, which for most users will require removal so the cooling block backing plate can be installed.
The CPU-330 universal mounting hardware consists of two chrome plated steel plates, a silicone insulating pad, studs, springs, and thumb screws.
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The mounting plates have six different hole patterns to support all of the latest processors from Intel and AMD. Once you select the hole pattern for your particular CPU, four studs are installed into the backing plate. Next comes the silicone pad and then the backing plate assembly is inserted from the backside of the motherboard. Once the four mounting studs are in position the CPU-330 cooling block can be set in place and secured with the upper mounting plate using the provided springs and thumb screws. The waterblock can be rotated so the nozzles are oriented in any position you like.
Installing the VID-282 Cooling Block
After removing the stock air cooler, the NVidia 8800 GTX video card can be prepped prior to installing the VID-282 cooling block. Clean the memory chips, VRMs and PCI-E controller with Isopropyl alcohol and a lint free cloth.
Adhesive backed thermal pads are provided to make contact with the memory chips, I/O chip and VRMs. These must be carefully positioned onto the waterblock and don’t forget to remove the clear protective film from both sides of the thermal pads! Thermal grease is applied directly onto the GPU. After all the chips have been cleaned and prepped, the VID-282 cooling block can be carefully set in place and secured with the original 11 springs and screws that held the stock air cooler in place. Note: Koolance includes spare screws in case you loose or strip one of the stock screws.
Installation of the VID-282 waterblock was relatively easy and straight forward. The resulting mount appears to be very secure, which is a good thing as many users may be a little nervous performing this type of work on their brand new 8800 video card!
Cut and install tubing
Once the two Koolance cooling blocks are securely mounted and the 8800 GTX video card is installed back in the system the next step is to cut pieces of tubing to length and plumb up the waterblocks. Take care to route the tubes neatly, making sure to avoid sharp bends, which could result in kinks in the tubing.
Hint: Once the pieces of tubing are cut to the desired length soak the ends for a few seconds in hot water to soften the plastic. This makes it easier to install the tubing onto the barb fittings!