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on 1 April 2017
This is my favourite design of heat sink - when the air flows through the fins they will not clog up with dust (downward facing designs always clog up and need cleaning regularly). It's as heavy as you would imagine, but stays seated securely on my vertically mounted motherboard.
Comes with paste + brackets to attach a second fan (not supplied) to the other side.
Cooling performance is good, my CPU runs at around 35 ℃ most of the time. During extreme processing I set the fan to go to full speed at 80℃, and the temperature has never gone over ~80℃. Noise at top speed just sounds like a fan robustly going fast - not too noisy, but clearly audible. The sound of air flowing through the fins contributes some of the noise. During normal use, web browsing etc. I cannot hear the fan at all.
I wanted Intel clips - I don't like installing mounting brackets, and this design can be installed on a motherboard that is already seated - but be warned that the mounting instructions are useless, they look exactly like Intel's original instructions from 10 years ago, and it's not intuitive how the clips work. I will add some words to go with the diagrams you will receive.
There are four holes on the motherboard surrounding the CPU mount - the clips on this cooler are supposed to simply push through the holes, but there's often one or two that just won't go in properly. This might help... .
1. After installing your CPU, follow Cooler Master's instructions on paste (i.e. spread a thin film of paste over the top of the CPU etc.). Make sure you're working with the motherboard horizontal - you can work vertically but it's much more difficult.
2. Make sure that the BLACK push-pin handles are fully UP before you try to put the heat sink on, don't worry about twisting them, but if you want to, twist them anticlockwise. Just make sure they are fully up, otherwise the pin cannot fit through the hole.
3. Carefully line up so that each of the pins is over a hole in the motherboard.
4. Choose any corner - gently lower the WHITE arrow head part of the pin through - and only after the white part is through the hole, push the BLACK handle down and twist - it inserts a pole through the centre of the WHITE arrow head, pushing the sides apart and locking it in place (you will hear a click). Never push down with huge force, if it doesn't go down - you missed, pull up the black handle and start over. You don't want to break the motherboard - most motherboards are designed to bend a little and are amazingly strong and flexible, but it should not require huge force.
4. Next do the diagonally opposite corner, followed by the final 2 corners. Expect the 2nd and 3rd pin to be hardest to insert.
5. If any corner pops out, go back, pull up the black handle and try again - do not worry about smearing your heat sink paste - it's a thin film of paste and won't do any harm if you put the right amount on - eventually it's supposed to fill all the microscopic gaps between the CPU surface and heat sink surface, but not run over any important parts.