Author: Adam Wilson
- Features & Specifications
- Test Setup & Benchmarking Procedure
- Testing - Suites
- Testing - Demos
- Testing - Full Games
- Testing - Frame Latency
- Final Thoughts
Installation of a graphics card is traditionally fairly easy. You slot the bottom of the card into a free PCI-E lane (preferably an x16 slot), plug in PCI-E power cables and then connect a display, and therefore typically doesn’t need its own section.
However, the inno3d iChiLL Black Series GTX 680 is slightly different. With a radiator attached, you need to mount this too. Anyone who has ever mounted a closed loop CPU cooler will be right at home here, but for those of you who have not, here’s a brief outline.
First, install the graphics card in your chosen PCI-E slot. We do this first so we know how long the tubing is and where in the case it will fit. Next, find a location that you’re happy with. Feel free to reference the below airflow and mounting diagram to help you choose the best solution for you.. (Image taken from Arctic Cooling’s website.)
Once you’ve decided on where to mount your radiator, get the correct mounting tools for your mounting choice. I chose to install the radiator as an intake on the front of my case, allowing airflow to exit via exhaust fans on the top and rear of my chassis. Attach the radiator and fan to the mounting location you’ve picked, and make sure the tubing isn’t rubbing on any rough or sharp edges; just for peace of mind. The tubing is durable, but you’re not going to want to have it consistently pressing against an edge that could damage it.