- Unboxing and Overview- 1
- Unboxing and Overview- 2
- Driver and Lighting
- Individual Component Testing
- Thermal Performance
Installing the fans on the radiator is fairly straight forward and depends a lot on your specific case and needs, so I will not cover it here. Instead, I will discuss the installation of the CPU block-pump unit on the popular Intel CPU sockets.
Take and screw in the LGA 2011(-3)/2066 mounting posts in the 4 mounting holes around the socket. These posts have a shorter, M4 thread at the end that screws into the motherboard. Now apply TIM on the CPU IHS, or if you are using the pre-applied TIM here simply maneuver the CPU block around the posts such that the mounting bracket goes through them and is fixed in place by the locking nuts. Tighten these in sets of two diagonally and alternate between them for uniform pressure on the IHS and best possible TIM spread. You will run out of thread and there is no guess work involved here. Say what you will about Asetek, but this is a very simple mounting process that does the job. Once done, remember to connect the fan cables to the extending headers here and also connect the final connector to the CPU_FAN header on your motherboard if required.
Since I tested the cooler multiple times, I had to use my own thermal paste. As such, this installation demo was also used to show how the TIM spread is for the pre-applied TIM on the LGA 2011-3 IHS. Note that I did not put a thermal load here, but just going by the mounting pressure we can see it is okay, but another place that can be improved. The actual CPU dies are within that circle, but there is still some thermal dissipation room to be had by adopting a larger cold plate with more thermal paste applied. Even if you pre-spread your own thermal paste, the cold plate will not make full contact with the rectangular IHS owing to the circular shape, which is also limited to an area within the eight screws on the bottom holding it in place.
Installation on Intel LGA 115x involves the use of the provided socket backplate. Push the corner tabs outwards so they line up with the holes in the motherboard on the back, and can be pushed through. The backplate is not a square, and there is a specific orientation to use it. There is also enough of a gap underneath to where it is compatible with motherboards such as this mITX unit from Gigabyte that has some protruding components which have affected a few blocks/coolers before. Flip over the motherboard and make sure the tabs have all protruded outwards and up, leaving a threaded female end on each corner.
Now treat this as before, except with the other set of mounting posts that have identical threaded ends on both sides. Screw these into the backplate, apply TIM on the CPU IHS, place the block on top and lock it in with the four metal nuts in a cross-manner.
Before we go on to testing, let’s first take a look at the driver and lighting options available here.