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Installation Tips

The cooler retention and installation procedure remained the same, so I will not dwell on the details this time. However, I have to point out that ASUS Silent Knight II is not pressed against the processor heat-spreader as firmly as it should be. Being a pretty heavy cooler, it simply slides down over a thin layer of thermal compound on top of the heat-spreader. Therefore, I inserted a rubber pad about 4mm thick between the cooler base and the retention clip, to secure the cooler. It certainly helped: the cooler sat dead.

 

The heatsink is pretty high above the mainboard PCB, so there will hardly be any “components conflict” here. The bottom of the fan featuring blue highlighting is not covered with the heatsink plates, so the manufacturer can claim that the cooler reduces the temperature of mainboard power components by 10-15ºC compared with the regular coolers.

In conclusion, we can add that the cooler recommended retail price dropped from $65 to $55.

 
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