Compatibility and Installation
Like its predecessors, the Thermalright Archon SB-E X2 is versatile and supports all modern CPU platforms. You must follow the instructions closely, but the procedure hasn’t actually changed since the earlier versions of the cooler. So if you’ve ever installed an Archon, you should have no problems installing the SB-E X2.
Here’s how it goes with the LGA2011 platform the Archon SB-E X2 is targeted at in the first place. A mounting plate is installed first using the bushings you insert into the mainboard’s mounting holes.
Then you put the cooler down and secure it with a steel retention plate using two screws.
The Archon SB-E X2 features the original version of the fastening which allows to adjust the pressure force from 40 to 70 pounds.
That's exactly what we put on our wish list in the conclusion to the Archon SB-E review, by the way.
When installed, the heatsink doesn’t block anything near the CPU socket, but the fans hang lower and may conflict with memory modules in the two nearest slots, if the modules have heatsinks.
The Archon SB-E X2 looks very attractive inside our computer case thanks to its polished nickel-plated heatsink.