Scythe Big Shuriken 2 & Reeven Vanxie CPU Coolers

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BASE & INSTALLATION: Scythe Big Shuriken 2 Rev.B

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.

The first step for Intel installation is to identify the correct mounting holes on the mounting clips for the desired socket. Threaded hole insets are then placed inside them and secured with nuts to keep them in place.

The mounting clips are then screwed into the base.

The backplate is screwed into the mounting clips rather than the other way around, forcing users to flip the board upside down. It calls for some dexterity but it's fairly secure, and far better than individual screws without a backplate or the hated plastic pushpins.

Fully installed.

On our Intel DP67BG test motherboard, the heatsink hangs over two of the memory slots, limiting DIMM height to 39 mm.

On LGA1155/1156 mini-ITX boards like the Asus P8H67-I Deluxe pictured above, the heatsink extends over the PCI Express slot, precluding the use of a discrete graphics card.

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