Installation and Finished Product
To get the installation under way, we must first grab the appropriate hardware for the base of the cooler to fit the motherboard, but no matter which is used, all you need to do is send the four screws in to hold them to the base of the cooler.
After removing the film from the tape running on the underside of this plate, we set it in aligning the studs with the holes. Note that these are indeed tall nuts that will accept the screws seen on the Intel hardware.
After adding some paste and running the four screws down until we ran out of threads, we now find the SE 214X peeking out behind the memory. It is already easy to tell that the PCI-e slot is clear, and there is even plenty of room to the right to connect fans and get to the motherboard screws, even if this was already in the chassis.
When the box and all of the literature said that the SE 214X had memory clearance, we figured sure, as do a lot of coolers now, but not in this sort of scope. Not only is there plenty of room between the fan and the memory, there is a huge gap between them, so there is no way this cooler will offer any issue here.
For users of LGA2011 or 2011-v3, the offset of the cooler in itself will not cause you any issues at all with the installation or clearance of the memory behind the socket. However, if you do opt to use a second fan, be sure that your memory is pretty short.
With it hanging in the D-Frame now, we find the SE 214X doesn't look all that bad hanging there. We also find the offset of the tower gets it away from the memory and the motherboard screw, while at the same time allowing the top PCI-e slot to be utilized. Now all we have to do is test it and see what happens.
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United States: The ID-Cooling SE 214X CPU Cooler retails for $34.99 at Amazon.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [ID-Cooling SE 214X CPU Cooler]
- Page 4 [Accessories and Documentation]
- Page 5 [Installation and Finished Product]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup, Thermal Tests and Noise Results]
- Page 7 [Final Thoughts]
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