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BASE & INSTALLATION
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 nickel-plating certainly gives the base a nice look, but
the finish leaves a lot to be desired. Machine marks are easily visible
and the ridges can be barely detected by touch alone.
Like the Zen 120, the Nirvana's mounting frames are installed underneath
the mounting plate, so the AMD frame can be rotated freely without interfering
with the heatpipes. It's a clever design we wish others
Intel installation requires the a backplate. The frame has removable
pegs with spring-loaded bolts each peg has two holes, one
for LGA775. another for LGA1366. There are no holes for LGA1156, though an amateur machinist could easy drill them.
Mounted on our test board.
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