Installation and Finished Product
In case it went over your head the first time, to prepare for installation, we went ahead and slid on the thick rubber washers onto each of the thumbscrews. Note that they can be driver driven in, but to get things started, it is much easier by hand.
We also got the appropriate brackets and installed them. We also removed the sticker from the base, and we see that the base is not polished, but has milling marks left in it. The base is slightly convex in the center, and has no major deviations in the contact area.
After applying some thermal paste, there is a bit of a balancing act that has to happen here. In one hand, you have the cooler, and in the other, you have a screw. It may be beneficial to have a third hand to support the motherboard while this is happening, or you will be forced to balance it all on the edge of the table to set the screws.
Looking over the Trident X sticks we use for testing, we cannot see but just hints of the actual fins above the red flame tips. With just 12mm of fan above that, we can see Reeven was not joking around when they said this cooler was low-profile.
For us, with the Thermal Armor of the Sabertooth, this was the best orientation for the cooler. We see that the cooler is on top of the fourth RAM slot, and it sips pretty low too, making it tough to populate that slot, unless you have some of those low-profile naked sticks. Other orientations of the cooler just made things worse or blocked the third slot as well.
Even though we have a more extreme setup with clearance concerns, we were still able to get the Steropes to play nicely with it. Even though it may just clear the memory, and seen here, just clearing the Thermal Armor, it does sort of take over the entire socket area and help provide the PWM sections some air flow as well.
While we do have the fan on ever so slightly crooked, this does show how well the Steropes covers concerns around the socket. Of course, air blowing down on the surrounding area helps on its own, but it doesn't hurt that it is cooling the entire top of the motherboard around the socket.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Reeven Steropes RC-1206 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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