Danger Den NV-88GTS-PC - Up Close & Install
The NV-88GTS-PC is a full cover block, once installed your card looks like this:
Covering most hot spots on Geforce 8800 GTS cards, Danger Den is faced with quite complex CNC machining. The center area is drilled in so that the G80 GPU fits in perfectly, around that hole a second large area is covering the memory IC's. The parts sticking out at the right is used for keeping the NVIO chips at decent temperature, while on the left side we find the part which is cooling the power mosfets.
The DD NV-88GTS-PC exists out of two parts held together by screws. The base plate is made out of copper and in contrary to its other side comes with a more basic kind of water block design:
Two 1/2" fittings are being used to connect this water block with the rest of your water-cooling setup. In order to use those low profile water blocks in SLI you can change the direction those fittings are facing. This is a great feature if you ask me and will come in handy even if you don’t have SLI.
The block is tightened to your VGA card with the use of small screws. Each screw has protection rings in order to avoid electrical shortage. It is also used to indicate mounting pressure, over tightening those screws will bend your vga card which will have a negative influence on the block's performance.
The installation manual is small and simple, but certainly clear enough to get this block installed in just a few minutes. Installation itself went smooth; we didn't find any issues during our testing. The only thing we think that is missing here might be a tool to open up your water block. Although this voids your warranty it might be useful for people who like to clean the inside after long periods of active usage.