Passively cooling graphics cards: A Radeon 7500 trimmed to be silent

Passively cooling graphics cards: A Radeon 7500 trimmed to be silent

Attach the cooler

Attaching the new cooler is almost the simplest of the whole tinkering campaign. You should just follow the instructions that come with the ZM17-CU. A two-component thermal adhesive (A and B) is included. A must be distributed evenly on the graphics chip, B comes on the aluminum base of the cooler. Since the adhesive consists of two components, you can take your time. So you don't necessarily have to be ready in a minute because then the glue will harden. This only starts to get hard when the two components come into contact.

Apply thermal adhesive
Let it dry

After you have attached the cooler, you should make the final corrections in terms of the position and then leave it for 15 minutes. To be on the safe side, I put an old Intel cooler on top to weigh it down a bit. In the first few minutes in particular, you should always briefly check whether the cooler is still properly seated. If the table, or whatever, is not completely horizontal, the cooler will slide a little to the side. After the 15 minutes the ZM17-CU sits and cannotmore must be removed.


Mount fan (optional)

The mounting of the CBF32 from GlobalWIN proves is also easy. You just have to loosen a few screws, attach the double fan and fasten the screws again. Then connect the fan cables and everything is done. If you are lucky, you can connect a fan to the graphics card. If that is not possible and you don't have enough free fan connections available, you just use the adapter. No cooling capacity is lost through its use. But you can no longer read the rotation speed of both fans, but only from one.

Everything assembled
The adapter

On the next page: Conclusion: Passive cooling