Card Cooler to Filter Cooler

Card Cooler to Filter Cooler

Turning The Card Cooler into a Filter Cooler

When I got my Card Cooler from 2CoolTek.com, I had high hopes. This baby basically puts two 80mm Sunon high output fans right over your video card, top and bottom. And it works great, but that isn't what this article is about. We recently reviewed the Fan Filters from 2CoolTek, which work great for filtering air getting into your case, but what about the dust that slips past them? Well the geniuses here at Apu's Hardware have figured out a way to outfit The Card Cooler with fan filters. This may sound stupid, but it works great!

There are several benefits to having fan filters on your Card Cooler. The first benefit, of course, is you filter the air inside your case. Even if you have some kind of filtering system on your intake fans, dust is still going to get in, one way or another. What better way to filter the dust that makes it inside than with filters INSIDE the case? Since the intake fans blow directly to the Card Cooler, its like having two sets of intake filters.

The one problem with filtering the fans in your case is the fact that you decrease airflow. Thankfully, though, the Card Cooler has two Sunon high output fans. These push a lot more air than regular Sunon fans, and therefore help even out the benefits and losses attributed to the filtering. With all the pros and cons out of the way, lets get to it.

We start off by taking apart The Card Cooler. It is held into the metal bracket by eight screws. A medium-sized Phillips head screwdriver is all you need to remove them. Once they are off, the bracket and the fans will be separated. Now that you have the fans alone by themselves, its time to install the filters. You can't install the filters while the card cooler is together because the filters create a lip on the edge. Since the Card Cooler is built so that the fans are flush together, the small lip created by the filters makes it impossible to force them into place.

You need to get four nuts and bolts to do the job. You can use eight, one for every hole, but I think that is just overkill, four works just fine. You can see in the picture that they need to be a little bit bigger than a quarter. Most likely you have a few nuts and bolts lying around the house you can use, but I went to Home Depot and got some. They were fairly easy to find, considering that I brought the filter with me to test size. After you get the mounting hardware, you are ready to screw it in.

This is pretty simple, just take off the top of the filter, and the foam insert, then screw the bottom piece onto the fan. It might take some manhandling here because the nut I got wouldn't fit properly against the fan. I was able to get it screwed together without a problem, though. Once you have the both filters screwed in, put the foam on, and snap on the top of the filter. Now it is time to attach the fans to the Card Cooler mounting bracket.

Attaching the fans in the first place was fairly easy, but since we put the filters on, the fans got approximately two millimeters wider on each side, due to the lip. Like we said before the two Sunon fans fit perfectly flush on the mounting bracket. Since there is now two millimeters between them, it requires some brute force to get it back together. The pictures really show what you need to do.

Attach the first fan like normal. Then put the next fan up next to it and push it so they get as lined up as possible. Don't force it, though, we will let the screws do that work =). Put the screws in crooked so they go into both holes, the mounting bracket and the fan, and screw. Everything from there should even itself out. The screws will bend the metal into place and it should hold tight. The filters will be extremely tight together, and you wont be able to remove them very easily. It should screw in pretty easily, although the nut will be a tight fit next to the plastic of the fan When you clean out the filter, you need to unscrew the fans from the mounting bracket first, then take the foam out. I personally vacuum the foam with a Dust Buster, which seems to do the job well. Once you are done cleaning the foam, put it back on the fan, snap the top back on, and screw the fans back into place. You don't need to clean it but once a month or so, depending on how often you use your computer.

Once you are done screwing them in, pop the top on both of them Screw the first fan in and prepare for hell on the second Push them together as much as possible, and put the screw in. Note the screw will have to go in at an angle It's hard to see on this picture, but I had to put the screw in at quite an angle here

Install it and you're ready to rock Here is what ends up happening if you try to put the tops on after you put it on the mounting bracket. You end up trying to pound it in. Note I wasn't able to get it in by pounding it with the back of the screwdriver

Overall I can recommend these filters to those with allergies, or people who run their computer 24/7. It keeps dust out of the air, and out of your case, at the cost of airflow. Mounting it on The Card Cooler is a pretty simple task, too. If you put it on your card cooler and on the intake fans, you get double the filtering, and trust me it catches a LOT of dust, even if you have filters on your case intake fans.

Pro's: Con's
  • Filters the dust inside your case
  • Looks cool!
  • It might not be worth it, considering it's $8 for the filters
  • It took me a while to find the right bolts at Home Depot for the job
  • Decreases airflow from your Card Cooler quite a bit
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