Thermalright SI-128 SE installation may seem complicated, but in reality it is very simple, although it requires quite a bit of time. The schematic of the entire procedure looks as follows:
When the cooler is already installed it looks like this:
The cooler is pressed firmly against the CPU heat-spreader. It has nothing in common with the formerly used plastic clips similar to the boxed coolers retentions.
The backplate prevents the mainboard from bending. Actually, new cooler retention is the third distinguishing feature of the new SI-128 SE.
At first glance you can’t really tell what cooler modification is installed inside the system case:
Our tests will show if the new modification is more efficient than the old one. Here I would only like to add that Thermalright SI-128 SE is currently selling for $40-$45.