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FAN CLIPS - Prolimatech Armageddon

Rather than using long wire clips to grasp the mounting holes of the fan, fan mounting is accomplished with a set of thin steel clips that hook through the sides of the fan's frame. This seemingly innocuous change actually creates a few problems.


Stock fan clips.


The clips slip over the frame of the fan on both sides and they work fine as long as the fan has a flat, thin housing at the center of the sides like our reference Nexus 120 mm fan.


To secure the fan to the Armageddon, you simply have to push against the bulge of the clips which makes the clip long enough to latch onto the ridge running down the side of the heatsink. Note that you must use a 140 mm fan, as the stock clips are not long enough for 120 mm models.


Unfortunately, none of the 140 mm fans we had in the lab had a compatible frame, so the provided clips would not work. Prolimatech sent us a set of revised clips (pictured above left) with a straight inside edge but they don't work with all 140 mm fans either.


The new clip just cleared the fan blades on the Noctua NF-P14 fan.


The housing on most of Scythe's 140 mm fans are rounded on the interior, so the inside portion of the clip juts inward and interferes with the fan blades.



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