For AMD installation on an AM2 socket – which is what I’ll be using – you have to first attach a couple of flimsy feeling skirts which are there purely for making sure you centre the cooler into the socket and not for mounting strength so they don’t need to be sturdy.
These attach with the use of four screws, and each skirt has a little Gigabyte logo embossed on it, although it’ll be a tough job to see this once the cooler is installed.
You then have to grab the fairly large mounting bracket which slots into the recess on the lower heatsink of the cooler, and has gaps for the two tabs on either side of the AMD socket. Once you’ve got both tabs aligned, you just flip over the clip and its locked into place. The installation is nice and simple and doesn’t require any tools bar the installation of the side skirts which aren’t 100% necessary although they prevent you from mounting the cooler in the wrong position.
This installation procedure is exactly the same if you are using a K8 socket, as the bracket has space for three tabs, rather than the single ones found on the newer AM2 socket.
For Intel LGA, the process is a little more involved, as you have to screw on a couple of skirts which extend the mounting holes to the correct positions, then you’ll have to whip your mobo out, and use the provided rear bracket which is then attached with a couple of nuts and the whole thing is complete.
Not having to remove your motherboard is a nice surprise for AM2 users and it’ll mean that you won’t have to ruin your elaborate cable management.