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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 cooler'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.
Installing the H50 is a simple affair and begins with inserting
four steel pegs into the appropriate holes on the plastic backplate. We
are usually appalled at the use of plastic, but given that most of the
H50's mass is not directly weighing down on the processor, it's an acceptable
Four plastic cups with holes in the bottom are inserted into the ends
of the mounting ring.
There are a series of metal tabs on the ring that line up with holes surrounding
We found it easiest to partially secure to the ring to the backplate first
using the provided screws. Then place the waterblock through the ring
and rotate it so the aforementioned tabs line up, and finish screwing
the ring down.
Fully mounted. The portion of the H50 that sits on the processor is only
55 mm tall, short enough to fit in most smaller cases.
Pictured above is an approximate representation of our test setup. The
pump was connected to a 3-pin fan header with fan control disabled, and
the fan was placed in a foam stand that eliminates most vibration effects.
During testing, the radiator was placed 1 inch above the motherboard back
panel to simulate the position of a typical 120 mm rear exhaust port.
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