Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro CPU cooler

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INSTALLATION

It's impossible to install the G-Power 2 Pro without having full access to both sides of a socket 775 motherboard. In fact, it's best if you have a helper, as the procedure is quite awkward. First, the board must be set on its edge as in the photo below. The heatsink's four threaded shafts must be positiond so they go through the board's mounting holes and are accessible from the PCB side of the board. Pressure must be appiled via the heatsink against the board to keep it in place. The bottom mounting plate must be correctly positioned on the other side, and then four capped nuts must be screwed on each of the four threaded shafts with a small phillips-head screwdriver. It's actually even more laborious than it sounds because:

  • The threaded shafts are very short.
  • The four capped nuts are round and smooth; there's nothing to grip.
  • The screw slot on each capped nut is extremely small.


Balancing act requiring two very agile hands; a third preferred to keep the motherboard stable on its edge.


It was a struggle to get it on.

Another approach to installation would have been to position the motherboard upside down, pressing against the heatsink, and somehow keeping it balanced while at least two screws were fastened. In any case, the amount of motherboard handling required during installation is highly undesirable. Such handling is a quick way to end up with a damaged and useless motherboard. We've experienced this before.

The installation would have been far less awkward if the securing screws or nuts were accessed from the top of the board rather than under. The design of the fins is such that there would have been plenty of room under them to allow large thumbscrews or similar to be used from the top side.

In contrast, the lever with locking clip using the stock retention bracket for AMD socket installation should be a 30-second job. We didn't install it on an AMD board, but we've dealt with enough similar mounting levers to know.


Gigabyte G-Power 2 Pro ready for testing.

CAUTION: One final comment about installation is that the sheer size and backward slant of this cooler may cause interference with the back panel fan on some cases, depending on exactly where the CPU socket on your motherboard is located. There's also a potential problem with the width; it hung over the top edge of our test board a bit; it may be enough in many cases to interfere with the power supply on that side.



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