Installation and Finished Product
Since we did not plan to use this cooler long term, we opted not to use the tape as we slid the backplate over the socket retention plate, mindful of its orientation. Also, we had no issues with the plate not being taped when it comes to mounting the cooler either.
After applying a bit of thermal paste, it is time to pick an orientation for the cooler and screw the four screws onto the backplate studs. We were able to alternate screws and ended up stopping when the threads ran out.
As a lot of motherboards do now, they tend to have large coolers on the side or above the CPU, and this makes the fan a bit tougher to install with it being so low on the motherboard. Again, we managed, but we were fighting these clips anytime we had to mess with the fan.
There is also plenty of room for memory with this cooler. It doesn't matter if it is ATX like this or even Mini-ITX motherboards, this cooler stays well away from everything around it.
The IS-VC45 obviously does not take up much space at all and is not even taller than the memory we use. There is plenty of fan cable to get it connected, and we can see no reason a cooler such as this would not fit into any system build there is.
Once we had everything in the D-Frame again, it puts perspective on how small this IS-VC45 is. With the cooler installed there is full access to the motherboard screws to mount it, and it also stays clear of the PCI-e slots, which is a huge sell for Mini-ITX users.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [ID-Cooling IS-VC45 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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