Date: December 15th, 2008
Article by: Joe Anderson (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Vantec USA
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The top, on the other hand, is accented by a shiny metal plate and caps to hide the ends of the heatpipes. These are purely decorative, but add a finished look to the cooler. Rolled edges keep the airflow moving through the fin array to aid in heat dissipation.
For Intel 775 platforms, the familiar pushpin mounting system is employed and while I'm not a big fan of this design, it does have the advantage of replacing the OEM cooler without having to remove the motherboard from the case. Similarly, the Intel 478 mounting solution uses the OEM retention bracket and can be installed with the board in place. Two aluminum plates attach to the cooler base with the included screws for this solution. AMD users will employ the included clip and OEM retention bracket for an easy and secure mount. These mounting solutions will be very attractive to some users wishing to improve CPU cooling without the hassle of removing their motherboards.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
Our testbed for this review consists of the following hardware:
Intel Q6600 Kentsfield Core2Quad CPU
Western Digital WD800 hard drive
Western Digital WD6400 hard drive
Samsung SH-S203N DVD writer
Buffalo Firestix DDR2 RAM (2 X 1GB)
EVGA 8800 GTS 640MB graphics card
Thermaltake Toughpower 750W PSU
All coolers were tested in the open case pictured above. Keep in mind that temps inside your case will be different, depending on the chassis and airflow.
After gathering all the necessary tools (screwdriver) and hardware, we can begin the installation process.
With the fan off and the brackets on, the FX 120 is ready for mounting on the motherboard. After double-checking the manual for pushpin alignment, on the board it goes.