Date: August 21st, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Noctua
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION & SETUP
The installation is where a product can be hated by most consumers if it isn't an easy install. Granted, due to its size and weight, the push pin method used on the stock heatsinks can't be trusted. A fastening system with a backplate needs to be used. With that being said, you will have to remove your motherboard for the install, or check to see if you high end case has an opening behind the socket area. If so, you have lucked out. If not, you are maybe out 15-20 minutes if you are careful.
There is a good installation manual provided so I will be only covering the basics.
First off, you insert the backing plate though the back of the board. It fits perfectly and if installed on a tabletop, will stay in place to allow you to further install the heatsink.
Next you slip the plastic washers over the four corners, then slip over the lower fastening brackets, then tighten it all down with the thumbscrews. To be safe, use the provided screwdriver and tighten everything until snug. Time killed for this portion is about 2-3 minutes.
Next use the provided small screws to screw the SecureFirm2(r) upper brackets to the heatsink. As you can see, the screws are fed up from the bottom and the upper bracket is on the top.