Installation and Finished Product
Since we will not be testing this cooler passively inside of our open air chassis, we needed to install the rubber fan isolation pads first. If you were to forget these while using the fan, you would notice there is some movement to the fan once it is installed, and that can lead to chattering of the fins from the vibrations in the fan.
We then moved onto the backplate installation. All you need to do is take four of the long screws, send them through the appropriate holes for the socket that pertains to you, and push the white plastic washers over the ends of the screws. Once that is all done, the screws should line up with the holes in the motherboard, and easily be installed against the back of the motherboard. Also, do not forget to put the plastic isolation material under the plate as we have here.
To get to this point, you first need to screw the standoffs down onto the motherboard, making sure the end with the washer is against the PCB. Once that is completed, you can set the top bracket onto the standoffs, and use the short screws to secure it to the rest of the hardware.
To get to this point, we installed the cross bracket on top of the base of the cooler, and also installed the fan. Much like we saw with the Macho Direct, when it comes to mounting this 140mm fan, you can easily increase the height of the cooler. With such a large fan in play, it does cover the vast majority of the fin stack behind it.
Since the Le Grand Macho is also offset to move the body of the tower to the back of the motherboard, when it comes to memory on this side of the cooler, even with the fan installed, we have plenty of room, and the height of the RAM makes no difference either.
Stepping back to get a better view of the rest of the coverage, we do see that the fins will ride over the top of some of the DIMM slots on an LGA2011 motherboard. However, with the lowest fins being cut short, it leaves plenty of room for memory to go there, even if they are taller than naked or low-profile options.
After installing everything into the test rig, there is a lot of Le Grand Macho RT staring back at you. There is still room to get to the motherboard screws with it installed, and it does allow for a card to install in the top slot of the motherboard too. This is a heavy tower cooler, though, and we do not recommend using this cooler if you want to travel with your chassis, as it has the potential to cause a lot of issues if allowed to be jostled around.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Thermalright Le Grand Macho 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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