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Fitting The Components

Barebones PC Cooling Tower: A Showy Case From Koolance
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As in our previous tests of cooling elements, we used the same hardware, which essentially consists of an AMD reference board (760 chipset) with AMD Athlon 1000, GeForce 2 GTS and 256 MB DDR-SDRAM of memory.

This is how the fully equipped system looks with an AMD motherboard plus components.

This photo clearly shows how the CPU and graphics card are jointly cooled.

To allow the graphics card to be cooled, it's necessary to remove the factory-fitted heat sink or fan. This isn't so straightforward with all types of cards. For instance, the GeForce 256 and the GeForce X2 present real problems. With these cards, the cooler is firmly glued on.

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