Installation and Finished Product
We are pretty sure the back plate is intended to install in the other direction, as it is notched for the socket screws. However, we followed the orientation in the instructions, and found the raised section in the middle does clear all of the socket screws. In the end, either orientation will work.
To lock the back plate to the motherboard, we took the four studs, added a washer to isolate the motherboard, and screwed them in until the threads stopped it from continuing.
At this point, we also got back into the hardware and grabbed the brackets for the cooler. There is a smoother side to these brackets, which we face upwards, but since they are flat pieces of metal, they can go on either way, since there are no countersunk screws that hold it into place.
While removing the fan is a must to easily mount the cooler to the motherboard, all we have to do is send the thumbscrews down the studs until you run out of thread.
Once we took a step back to get this view of the cooler behind the memory, we again gain perspective on the overall size of this cooler, or more accurately, the lack of size of the ETS-N30-HE.
The cooler easily slipped in behind our pair of memory sticks in the motherboard without any hassle at all. From here, we can see that even populating the nearest slot to the cooler will be no issue for those who want to run four sticks, or those that have a LGA2011 system.
It wasn't until the point when we had the ETS-N30-HE fully mounted (and we even remounted the cooler to verify), that we realized our sample is slightly bent toward the back of the cooler. While this shows no signs of issues that would cause testing to be askew, it is a little distracting optically.
Our last image shows the ETS-N30-HE as most users would see this cooler installed in their system. What we notice right away is all of the room we get back with a cooler such as this. Plus, connecting power leads, switching out the memory, or even using the top PCI-e slot, are all easily possible.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Enermax ETS-N30-HE 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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