Prolima Megahalems: A Mega Nehalem Cooler

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The most critical aspect of installation is for the heatsink to be securely mounted. The more firmly it is installed, the better the contact between the heatsink's base and the CPU itself. It's also less likely to fall off. Ease of installation is also important — a simple mounting scheme means less time spent installing, and a reduced likelihood of screwing up.

The mounting assembly demonstrated.

A backplate is placed beneath the CPU socket and bolts with threads on both sides are secured to it.

Two aluminum side bars are placed over the bolts and nuts are used to tighten them. There are a second set of holes on these bars for use with the LGA1366 backplate.

The heatsink is then placed on top of the CPU and a crossbar is fitted above the mounting plate. Large spring-loaded bolts are then screwed into the side bars. This is the only step that requires any tools — the rest is done by hand.

The supplied fan clips are designed to latch onto the outside mounting holes of a 120mm fan. The Megahalems does not come with a fan, but Prolimatech provided us with one of their own 120mm fans.

The fan does not sit flush with the entire edge of the heatsink — there is some separation at the center. This will result in quieter operation, but will likely cost the Megahalems some performance.

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