Test Rig


Nexus Edge Full Tower


Gigabyte GA-MA785GMT-UD2H

Processor (CPU)

AMD Phenom II X2 555 BE

Memory (RAM)

Team Xtreem PC3-12800 CL9

Graphics card (GPU)

MSI ATi Radeon HD5850 1GB

Hard drives (HDDs)

2x WD 250GB 16MB Caviar SE
1x WD 500GB Black

Power Supply Unit (PSU)

Zalman ZM600-HP

The installation is, as promised by CoolIT, an easy job. I simply positioned the cooler over the socket and used the material used to screw the cooler tightly to the motherboard. One might find it aesthetically unpleasing to have the tubes wavering over the Northbridge and first PCI-slots, as the standard installation pictures of CoolIT does show the mounting. I personally prefer a tidy, compact but cool-looking interior so I decided to mount the block in mirrored position, compared to the CoolIT installation pictures, as you can see below.

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After installing the cooler on the socket, you will want to fix the radiator and fan to a certain position too. CoolIT decided on short tubing thus forcing the user to apply the fan on the outtake position of the case at CPU height. This doesn’t seem odd at first, but the actual air flow of the fan is, as it should be on most radiators, pointed at the rad itself. This leaves us with an intake fan on traditional exhaust position, meaning there can be dramatic air flow changes, if not problems, in certain cases. A simply solution to this is removing the fan and placing it as an exhaust fan, while putting another one on the other side of radiator, giving both the advantage of a traditional exhaust position and a push-pull fan configuration on the radiator leading to potentially better cooling.

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Last modified: March 14, 2011

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