Date: December 10th, 2009
Article by: Damian Plasencia (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Thermaltake USA
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PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
The test bed consisted of the following hardware used to test the Contac 29 CPU Cooler
All coolers were tested in the Antec 300 pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis, cable management, fan arrangement, and airflow.
After applying some of the TIM that was included in package to the processor IHS, we can proceed with the installation.
Since I am using an AM3 platform, the mechanism for installing the CPU did not require Intel's difficult push pins or any screws. All that was needed was the locking mechanism which fastens the cooler down with the aid of the motherboards retention bracket.
As you can see in the above picture, installation is an easy procedure. But I will have to point out that I had a difficult time installing the cooler while the motherboard was already inside the case. Due to the heatpipe design and how I needed to position the coolers heatpipes properly over the processors IHS for maximum cooling, I was being limited by the space from the cooler and the top case fan. For future reference, if you have a medium to small sized case, think and measure twice or you might be better off taking out the motherboard to save time and annoyance. Hey, you can even fix cable management while you're at it!