NoFan CR-95C Copper Fanless CPU 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.

The CR-95C uses a fairly simple bolt-thru installation scheme.

Screws go through the backplate and are fixed in place to aluminum spacers on the other side. Tall brass standoffs are then secured to the screws.

The heatsink goes on top and spring-loaded bolts are inserted into the standoffs through the huge gaping hole in the middle. Wide slots are used for Intel installs rather than individual mounting holes so centering the cooler takes some patience.

The CR-95C is big enough to cause interference issues.

The heatsink covers the first expansion slot on most motherboards but it may even make contact with a card in the second slot depending on the components on the trace side so adding some kind of insulating material may be prudent. The CR-95C also covers up to three DIMM slots; memory has to be 34 mm tall or shorter to fit underneath. It also hung over the top side of our motherboard by about 4 mm.

The thermal compound imprint indicates good contact at the center though there's still plenty of room for improvement.

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