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Compatibility and Installation Tips

The Alpenföhn Matterhorn and Deep Cool Gamer Storm are compatible with all modern platforms. You use appropriate back-plates to install these coolers on LGA775/1156 and Socket AM2+/AM3 processors. And for the LGA1366 platform there are special threaded bushings that are screwed into the plastic nuts glued to the back side of the mainboard.

In every case you attach the steel fasteners with spring-loaded screws to the cooler’s base:

Then you just apply a thin layer of thermal grease, install the cooler on your CPU and fasten the screws tightly.

The distance from the bottom fin of the cooler to the sole of its base is 39 millimeters. When we installed the cooler on an LGA1366 processor, the distance to the surface of our ASUS P6T Deluxe mainboard was 45 millimeters, so these coolers are not going to conflict with any near-socket heatsinks.

 

The installation guide doesn’t tell anything about how to orient the cooler on the CPU and inside the system case. In our tests, we achieved the highest efficiency when we oriented the cooler with its heat pipes across the CPU’s heat-spreader and the airflow was directed towards the top panel of the system case.

We tested our Alpenföhn Matterhorn and Deep Cool Gamer Storm in this position.

 
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