Date: December 17th, 2009
Article by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Zalman USA
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So how easily does this cooler install?
Installation on a socket 1366 processor was a little more tedious than it had to be. First the mount bracket had to be put in place on the top of the motherboard. But this is where the fun began.
While holding it in place, you had to try and screw four very small screws in place to secure the bracket. When compared to other cooler installations, this was a bit of a pain and a simpler and easier mounting solution should be used. Although it wasn't impossible, it could use some improvement and strengthening. The whole weight is being supported on four tiny heads of four tiny screws. A back plate is needed for sure.
Once the lower bracket is in place, the cooler base is slipped into the upper bracket and the whole unit screws into the bottom for a firm fit onto the top of the processor. Just make sure you don't have too much thermal paste on and only use as little as possible.
So I thought I had everything in place and ready to secure but when I went to tighten down the fan side I was met with an obvious obstruction. Slightly irritated, I had to then remove the cooler again, remove the fan, put the cooler in place, tighten it down and then attach the fan. Yeesh, I hope I don't have to do this often.
Finally it is installed and secure. While looking around the heatsink I noted that there isn't much room around it when installed on a reference X58 i7 motherboard from Intel. In fact, there was only room to install standard ddr3 dimms. Any memory with heatspreaders would not be able to be used. Make note of that when contemplating a system build with this cooler. It is humongous.