akasa NeroS heatpipe CPU cooler
Posted by: Mac on: 11.03.2010 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
Opening the box the first thing we come across is the instructions, this is a single large sheet of paper which gives good pictorial and written fitting instructions in several languages.
Removing the instructions, and a thin piece of packing foam, we get our first proper look at the contents. The fan is separated from the heat sink by another piece of packing foam and the heat sink itself has plenty of packing foam all around it so it is incredibly well protected whilst being delivered etc. The small white box I assume contains the various fittings.
Seems I wasnít too far out ;~). Letís see what we have in here before looking at the cooler proper.
First out of the mounting kit box is the LGA mounting plate, this is a clever item as it is reversible depending on if you have a 775 motherboard or 1156/1366 motherboard.
To go with the above rear plate are the brackets which attach to the heat sink. These are screwed on with 2 small screws, pictured next.
The two screws that attach the LGA mountings to the heat sink, as mentioned above.
Next the screws and springs to attach the plates together mounting the heat sink on the motherboard.
As mentioned earlier in the review to mount the NeroS onto an AMD CPU the stock retention bracket is used so all that is required is a cam lever mechanism.
Finally before moving onto the NeroS is the thermal compound. I prefer to see this supplied separately in a tube for two reasons, first it give the user the choice of using the supplied compound or another brand of their choosing, and second, pre-applied paste can dry out over time reducing its effectiveness and with no real idea of when it was applied you might as well clean it off and reapply your own anyway.
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