Prolimatech Armageddon & Coolermaster V8 CPU Coolers

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The most critical aspect of installation is for the heatsink to be securely mounted. The more firmly it is installed, the better the contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU itself. It's also less likely to fall off. Ease of installation is also important — a simple mounting scheme means less time spent installing, and a reduced likelihood of screwing up.

Before attaching the mounting arms to the base, screws are secured to them counterclockwise and then washers placed over them.

The screws protrude through the back of the motherboard and nuts tightened clockwise pin the backplate to the board. A nut-driver is included so you don't have to handle a wrench in this delicate area.

Mounted on our LGA1366 test board.

When the all the screws are taken off, fan comes off with the top cover. Four plastic nubs grasp the mounting holes at the top of the fan on both sides, but the structure is very rigid. Popping off one side makes the other side dig in tighter.

We did eventually manage to get the fan off, but not without damaging the cover.

Without the cover, something is needed to secure the top of the fan. We employed a pair of twist ties — not pretty, but effective enough for our purposes.

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