Installation

Kingwin provides reasonably clear instructions in the box, though their pictures could be better. Thankfully, due to the relatively light weight of the cooler, this is an easy installation using the LGA775 push pins; there is no need to remove the motherboard. Step 1 is to remove the plastic film protecting the CPU mating surface - skipping this step would be bad.




Next, attach your legs, insert the air "spoiler" (yes, it really does have one), apply thermal grease, and you're ready to mount.




As you can tell both from the weight and from the picture, this is considerably smaller than other heatpipe coolers like the Noctua and Tuniq.

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  • Matt Campbell - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    Thermal paste was applied over the entire surface of the CPU, spread to a thin layer. It shouldn't be an application problem, but I will verify when I remove the cooler and take pictures of the surfaces with an article update if I note any problems.

    As I mentioned in the article, I was also surprised at the performance, and checked the mounting pins, airflow, etc. several times during testing. It may simply be that we received a bad sample. If I discover any issues, I'll update in the next couple of days.
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  • Max G - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    I just bought a Cooler Master Hyper Z600 cooler with 12 heatpipes and it's awesome! I have a feeling it's gonna outperform the ThermalRight Ultra 120 Extreme and maybe even the Noctua NH-U12P as it is HUGE!! I hope it will be reviewed here soon. Reply
  • ImmortalZ - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    The new king IS the Thermalright IFX-14. Two Ultra120s in a single package. Reply
  • Noya - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    A retail passive cooler will never beat 120mm tower coolers. Reply
  • Mgz - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    the base of the heatsink/heatpipe needs a good lapping, it was in such a terrible shape :( Reply
  • icingdeath88 - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    What's that about the spoiler? Seriously? What purpose could it possibly serve? Reply
  • Bieszczad - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    It is supposed to deflect some airflow down towards the power regulators behind the heatsink. With a cooler that blows air down, the power regulators do get sufficient airflow, but when you use a tower heatsing with a side/front mounted-fan, the MOSFETs do not get enough air and the spoiler is supposed to fix it. Not sure if it works, though, because mine was loose and I ended up taking it off lest it falls out and shorts the motherboard. Reply
  • zebrax2 - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    those results are terrible Reply
  • mmntech - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    First of all, the cooler isn't properly lapped. It looks like somebody took coarse sandpaper over the bottom of it. Could be a bad installation too. Reply
  • strikeback03 - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    Not exactly the reviewers fault that the bottom of the cooler is the way it is. IIRC they have tested all coolers in as-received condition. Reply

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