Installation and Finished Product
For Intel sockets, we find that the base plate is more capable than the X-bar on the cooler. While the options are there in the back plate for other Intel spacing, the X-bar will only align with the holes we have used, and the four AMD holes at the corners of the center section.
Once the plate and screws are pushed through, you can then slide the plastic standoffs over them. The standoffs will grab onto the screws and hold secure to the motherboard. While this does free your hands up for the screwdriver at the back, and to hold the cooler, you will have to figure out how to balance the motherboard, or ask for a bit of help at this stage.
The Cryorig H7 nestles down right behind the memory, and with its compact size, it affords room to access the top row of screws, and goes no lower on the motherboard than the memory does.
The Zero Interference design is spot on with our motherboard. Not only does this cooler allow for unlimited height to the spreaders, but the cooler and the wire clips are still a few millimeters away, and won't press against the nearest stick.
Even when using a motherboard like ours, with thermal armor standing very tall, we could have easily added a second fan to the H7, and still been able to keep it low enough not to increase the 145mm height of this design.
Once our H7 was installed and placed into the chassis, the thought that it was slightly off line was confirmed by this image where the cooler is now cocked ever so slightly right of the center. We did fiddle with the X-bar, but found no way to allow it to run perfectly horizontal. However, the X-bar allows great access to the screws around it, and no encroachment to the top PCI-e slot either.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Cryorig H7 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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