Article by: Matthew Lee (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Gelid
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PRODUCT COMPOSITION (cont'd)
Immediately after opening the packaging, I pulled out the heatsink and placed it aside for the moment and underneath I found these gems tucked away. Up first are the accessories to the Icy Vision. Included are the necessary heatsinks for the VRM and memory, the screws and spacers, a small serving of thermal paste, and a power extension cable.
Pictured above is the longest set of instructions I have ever seen. I placed a CD in there for reference and the page is nearly 3 times that in length. It's huge to say the least, and even more scary is that it's double-sided. One half of the page is dedicated to the NVidia installation steps while the other side is for AMD/ATI installation.
PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
Now we get to the heatsink itself. Starting with the front you can see the dual 92mm fans really take full advantage of the surface area of the heatsink. Gelid's design to use larger 92mm fans will help disperse heat from the heatsink as well as across the sensitive components underneath.
A glance at the underside of the heatsink conveys how the five heatpipes are shaped in such a manner to dissipate the heat effectively. Looking closer at the aluminum fins, I wanted to bring your attention to the separation. The separation spacing indicates the air will flow through the heatsink and under to the additional components without being hindered. This also will allow a lower pressure fan to effectively cool this particular heatsink.
As a general side note, I like to include a disclaimer about the fin density. A higher fin density is suited best with high speed / pressure fans and alternatively a lower fin per inch design would be best matched with lower speed, pressure and noise level fan alternatives.