Installation and Finished Product
With our system, the first thing we are told to do is to set up the backplate. We used the middle hole for LGA115X, made sure to orient the studs to lock into the cutouts in the plate, and locked them into place with a rubber o-ring.
Once all four of them are done, you can go ahead and drop the backplate onto the back of the motherboard. As you can easily see, orientation of this plate is of no concern, it works all four ways.
To lock the back plate to the motherboard, we installed the standoffs in all four corners. It is then that you set the top brackets to either side of the CPU and screw them down.
After applying thermal paste, we set the cooler on the CPU with the cross bar already positioned correctly across the top of the base. The fan does need to be out of the way, but both sides of the cooler have plenty of access to the screws used to secure the cooler to the motherboard.
The Pure Rock does look a bit thin peeking out behind the memory than many larger coolers do, but being smaller has its advantages when it comes to PCs that you don't want to be housed in a full-tower to display in the living room.
We did move the memory to check, and while the fan does press against the nearest stick, it does allow it to be populated and functional. However, if the spreaders are much taller than this, removing the fan may become complicated as it pushes more against the stick.
Stepping back a bit to appreciate the amount of motherboard that this cooler actually doesn't cover in this instance, it really does lend itself to the use of a second fan, it is just a shame we were not sent a match to see what the results would be in those conditions, nor did we get a second set of clips to mount one.
Once the motherboard is back into a chassis, the odd color of the base, or the exposed nature of the heat pipes becomes more irrelevant as you stare at the brushed aluminum cleanliness that is the Pure Rock cooler from be quiet!.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [be quiet! Pure Rock 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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