Titan Fenrir & Coolermaster Hyper 212 Plus: Direct Touch Revisited

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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.

Installation is a fairly simple process beginning with threading large steel standoffs through the backplate from the top side of the board using the provided nut driver.

On the back side, nuts are used to secure the standoffs and backplate.

An ingenious "X" shaped mounting bracket is placed over the base that snaps into two different positions, one with equal-distant arms for Intel sockets, and the other to match the rectangular layout of AM2/AM3 sockets. To move the bolts between the LGA775, LGA1156, and LGA1366 positions you simply compress the springs and slide them into the correct hole.

The four bolts are secured to the standoffs and the fan is snapped on.

The resulting thermal compound footprint shows the base is almost perfect in size for a LGA1366 heatspreader. The compound also left less of a "snowflake" pattern compared to the Fenrir, indicating a tighter mount.

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