Next, we’ll be meddling around with what GALAXY calls the ‘detachable cooling system’.

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With the fan holder released from its catches, we’re able to peek at some of the components placed on the PCB.

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According to GALAXY, they  used only solid capacitors and high quality components on this custom-designed card.

 

Four copper heatpipes are employed to conduct heat away from the GPU.

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It looks like there is a lot of cooling surface area on the GALAXY; the aluminium fins span across the whole card.

 

While it is nothing more than a design to enable lifting of the fan, we found it to be very useful.

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A damp cloth, a small brush (as pictured above), or compressed air can be used to rid the fan blades and heatsink fins of dirt that will collect over time.

Build-up of dirt would impede airflow, causing cooling performance to take a hit.