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TITAN FENRIR: INSTALLATION
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.
Like many large heatsinks, the first step is to attach a backplate
on the underside of the motherboard. The LGA1366 backplate has long bolts
permanently affixed. The bolts have very short threads at the top for
the nuts to screw onto.
The other sockets require you to construct your own bolts using screws
and large brass standoffs. The board goes between the black and white
The mounting frame fits over the base plate of the cooler in a "T"-shaped
groove. The frame cannot be rotated, so the face of the heatsink points
upward on AMD motherboards.
On the mounting frame there is a single elongated hole on each corner
used for both LGA1156 and LGA1366 installations . This makes mounting
the heatsink a bit difficult as the bolts can bend and move slightly as
the nuts are secured. The nuts are capped so you cannot over-tighten them.
We mounted the Fenrir several times trying to get it on as evenly and
securely as possible, but it always tightened more on one side that the
other. As a result, there was slightly limited contact at one end. The
thermal compound footprint also shows that the heatpipes are bigger than
they need to be. Note that during testing we added more thermal compound
between the pipes to fill the gaps; the above picture just illustrates
the mounting problem.
Fully mounted with the stock fan secured. The wire clips have handles
at the center, though they would've been more useful at the top and bottom
where the tension is greatest.
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