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The most critical aspect of installation is for 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.
The installation procedure is the same as the Megahalems and Armageddon.
A backplate is secured to a pair of metal supports on the other side with
nuts and double-threaded bolts. Here it is secured on a LGA1366 motherboard.
Installation on AMD motherboards is essentially the same.
Another metal bar goes over the base and is screwed into the ones on the side.
The fan clips wrap around the edge of the fan housing rather than hooking
into the mounting holes, working on both round and square frames alike.
The horizontal portion of the heatsink cools the DIMMs but also provides
airflow over the chipset heatsink. On a side note, this section went past
the side edge of our test motherboard by approximately 13 mm.
As the vertical tower is a bit smaller, its fan can be lowered past center without adversely affecting CPU cooling. Pulling the fan downward helped cool the VRM heatsink near the rear of the board.
With the heatsink hanging over the memory slots, clearance can be an issue. A stick of Corsair DHX memory (measuring 52.2 mm tall) fit with 1~2 mm to spare.
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