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Compatibility and Installation Tips

Thermalright Spitfire is compatible with a lot of graphics cards including the latest AT Radeon HD 5870 and HD 5850 as well as the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 480, which will. However, require an additional retention kit. Cooler is installed through the PCB with included screws and large screw-nuts and an X-shaped padded backplate:

The entire installation procedure doesn’t require any special tools. This is what Thermalright Spitfire with VRM-R5 heatsinks looks like on the reference ATI Radeon HD 5850:

Pretty massive, don’t you think so? You can also install Thermalright Spitfire with the heatpipe ends facing down (the base is double-sided), but in this case you will hardly be able to fit the graphics card with the cooler on it into the system case. And since the cooler is very heavy, it comes with special pillars and rails that will hold it still inside the system case:

These pillars can replace two retention screws in the mainboard if the case is not deep enough to accommodate them. The scheme above shows that Thermalright Spitfire heatsink will take all the space over the processor, which will make it impossible to install an efficient tower cooler onto it. Therefore, you will have to do with a low-profile CPU cooler, like Thermalright AXP-140, for instance. And the owners of mainboards with two fully-functional PCI-E slots will be able to simply move the graphics card into the lower slot:


Note that the tower cooler (Cooler Master Hyper 212 Plus in our case) could still be installed, though only perpendicular to the memory DIMM slots. But in this case we couldn’t attach the pillar at all. However, the gigantic Thermalright Spitfire coexisted beautifully with Scythe Samurai ZZ. In conclusion to our Spitfire review I would like to add that the recommended retail price of this giant is $75, which is pretty expensive in our opinion.

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