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.

Index Test Configuration
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  • brian_riendeau - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    I blame the push pin mounting. Push pins such enough as it is, and from the looks of it, they put the fan on first, then installed the push pins by wedging a finger between the fan and the pin itself. That is just not good form for mounting a cooler, probably just one of the pins is "locked" in place but not actually in all the way causing uneven pressure and ridiculous temps. Reply
  • flopsie - Monday, July 21, 2008 - link

    hmm... i got 2 of these cuz they were 15 bucks, and put on on my dual athlon 64 4200, and one on my core quad 6600. the athlon machine saw the cpu temp drop 9 degrees c, while the intel one only dropped about 3 degrees. it could easily be that those plastic tabs on the intel style mounts just dont supply enough positive pressure. Reply
  • Dark Legion - Saturday, July 19, 2008 - link

    Hmm...I see under test configuration that the ASUS silent square pro cooler was supposed to be included in this review, and yet it wasn't. The list in test configuration also seemed to have more coolers than the benchmarks, so I'm sure there were more that were skipped. Can we possibly see the benchmarks for the rest of these coolers? Reply
  • steveyballmer - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    This plus overclocking will really make vista Purrrr!



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  • RamIt - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    Any way to ban this idiot from posting here?
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  • flashbacck - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    Are those ambient noise readings correct? Ambient noise of ~38 db is pretty loud. Reply
  • Bieszczad - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    Well, with the reported temperatures so high, the fan needs to spin really fast to remove the heat, hence the noise.

    CoreTemp misbehaving? Bad diode on the motherboard and/or processor?
    Flaky BIOS?

    Anyway, those temp and noise numbers stink.
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  • flashbacck - Thursday, July 17, 2008 - link

    yeah, but it says ambient noise was measured at 38 db which should be with all systems off, or with only a passive cpu cooler on the setup. Either way, it's too loud. Reply
  • Baked - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    From the charts it looks like the reviewer did a bad installation of the heatsink. It's very common for push pin heatsink to have improper installation, especially if people are too lazy to take out the entire motherboard for installation. I know, I did this with the arctic cooling freezer pro 7. You can't just slap the heatsink into position and push the pins in and call it proper. There's not enough clearance between the mobo and mobo tray for you to do that, and you'll just get the pins bent. You have to take the mobo out, make sure there's enough clearance behind the mobo, set the heatsink in place, and make sure the pins are properly threaded through the mounting holes, locked, and secured. You might need 3 hands for the installation if you're one of those clumpsy people.

    Even with the poorly finished heatsink surface, the temperature shouldn't but that bad. It's obvious one or more corners of the heatsink is lifted during testing due to improper installation. I suggest the reviewer redo the testing using the proper installation method I mentioned above.
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  • major_major - Wednesday, July 16, 2008 - link

    Who knows what went wrong with the testing methodology...but I think we can all conclude that there is no way those numbers are correct. Besides, any heatsink review where the Arctic Cooling Freezer 7 Pro places 2nd place in load cooling temps is automatically suspect. Reply

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