Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme can be installed on all supported platforms without removing the mainboard from the system case. For LGA 775 mainboards you need to install the plastic retention frame using the retention holes around the processor socket:
Then it is locked in place with enclosed plastic “studs”:
And then you have to remove the fan and install the heatsink onto the CPU. Use two screws to attach it firmly to the plastic retention frame, as the installation manual suggests (you can download it here, 848 KB). After that all you have to do is insert the fan between the heatsink arrays and clip the plastic cover to its sides.
Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme looks as follows inside a system case:
The distance from the lower heatsink plate to the mainboard is only 2 mm shorter than that by ASUS Lion Square: 37 mm. The cooler is priced at $44.95, which is a very democratic price point compared to other super coolers. Although Arctic Cooling Freezer Xtreme hasn’t yet become one, at least until we see the results of our cooling efficiency tests…