Installation and Finished Product
It may be tough to see since the spacer is clear, but we have fitted it around the CPU and locked the retention bracket down as usual. It appears that this spacer locks the CPU into a centralized location, but we cannot see it helping with pressure as it does not touch the locking mechanism.
Following the instructions, we find the four longest screws and slide them through both the backplate as well as the isolation membrane. Once that has been done, for Intel, you grab the smaller set of nylon spacers and send them down the threads of the screws.
After that last step, we are then told to put the backplate on the motherboard. Orientation matters little, as both ends are drilled equally with three holes, and the other two side are cut short enough not to conflict at all.
To get to this stage of completion, we screwed the standoffs in place to each screw in the backplate. Once that is done, you place the top bracket over them, and then screw it into place using the four shorter screws.
On both sides of the fin stack, close to the corners, you will find an area with notches cut from six fins. This is where you squeeze in the rubber tubes which act as the isolation for the fan. We also recommend that you install the wire fan mounting clips before installing the cooler as well.
Giving five or six turns to a screw, then switching sides and repeating that process, the screws mounting the cooler to the hardware are intended to bottom out. The top plate will flex slightly under pressure, but the tabs should be making contact with the top plate.
We chose the option to use the fan sitting wider across the middle, to help keep the height down, and the fan covers nearly the entire fin stack at this point. If you are worried about the use of the first PCI-e slot, turn the fan ninety degrees, so the fan clips will not contact the card.
The fan slides in behind the memory, causing no conflicts for us here. Also, note that the fan can sit low on the tower so that it will deliver airflow across the board and over the power delivery system as well.
The True Spirit 140 Direct is a tall and narrow cooler, and with all the room left behind the cooler, one could easily add in another fan for a degree or two boost in performance. If you happen to have an extra fan on hand, Thermalright already offers extra fan clips, so a push-pull configuration is simple to try out to see if it is worth the trouble of buying a matching TY-140 fan.
Setting up the True Spirit 140 Direct for testing, we find it to be hanging firmly from the motherboard with the hardware supplied with it. It does not twist in the slightest; you can look down through the cooler inside of the logo, and hanging in this image, it almost begs to have a second fan on it. If for anything, just to fill the gap behind it and block our view of the hardware.
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- Page 2 [Packaging]
- Page 3 [Thermalright TRUE Spirit 140 Direct 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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