Enermax ETS-T40: Direct-Touch Heatpipe Cooler

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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.

Installation begins by securing the backplate using double-sided screws. Note there are no nuts, the threads are directly on the backplate.

Raised mounting clips are assembled on the top side of the board.

Small nuts are used to batten down the clips, the heatsink is lowered onto the CPU, and a substantial metal bar is placed over the base. One large nut on each side keeps the heatsink in place. A small wrench is provided to ensure a tight fit.

Fully mounted on our LGA1366 testing platform.

Clearance beneath the heatsink is approximately 44 mm, though this shouldn't be an issue. Most motherboard VRM heatsinks aren't that tall and ETS-T40 is thin enough that the fan may not overhang any memory slots.

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