Thermalright Ultra-120 eXtreme Rev.C & AC Freezer Xtreme Rev.2

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INSTALLATION: Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme Rev.2

The most critical aspect of installation is that the heatsink be securely mounted. A firm mating results in good contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU heatspreader and more efficient heat conduction. Ideally it should also be a simple procedure with the user having to handle as few pieces of hardware as possible.

A pair of clips screwed to the mounting plate allow the Freezer Xtreme to use the stock AMD retention bracket with the fan blowing toward the side.

Installation on Intel motherboards is a bit more complicated. A plastic retention frame must first be attached to the board.

Cream colored pegs are inserted into the appropriate holes (LGA775, LGA1156, and LGA1366 are all supported) and then black pins are inserted to lock the pegs in place. To remove a pin, one must squeeze the tabs sticking out on each side and pull.

The retention frame on our LGA1366 test board.

The mounting plate on the heatsink is secured to the retention frame using a pair of screws.

The end result was surprisingly secure. There was very little wiggle room once the heatsink was mounted.

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