The cooler installs very imply and intuitively on the supported platforms. If you want to install Thermaltake TMG IA1 onto Socket 754/939/940/AM2(+) mainboards, you should use a swing-clip with a lock that is inserted into special slits in the aluminum plate over above the cooler base:
In this case the cooler can only be installed in two different ways depending on the way they positioned the plastic retention frame that the clip catches on. The definite advantage of this retention is that you don’t have to remove the mainboard from the system case to get the cooler in place.
Even if you install the Thermaltake TMG IA1 cooler onto an Intel platform with LGA775 socket, the mainboard can stay where it is, because the cooler is fastened with common plastic push-pins:
Unfortunately, there was no retention kit for LGA1366 platforms included with this cooler. Hopefully, Thermaltake will fix that in the near future. I doubt that the retention kit will affect the cooler cost in a significant way, while the LGA1366 platform definitely picks up popularity.
The distance from the lower heatsink plate to the mainboard surface is 36mm; besides, the heatpipes are quite compact at the base, so Thermaltake TMG IA1 will be installed very easily. Although I have to admit that when we installed it onto a DFI LANPARTY DK X48-T2RS mainboard, the lowest heatsink plate touched the tall chipset heatsink on one side:
However, I have to stress that it just “touched” the heatsink; therefore it didn’t affect the secure contact between the cooler and the CPU heat-spreader as well as test results.
This is what this new solution looks like inside a system case:
And winding up this part of our today’s review, take a look at Thermaltake TMG IA1 in action:
It is especially beautiful in the dark.
The recommended price of Thermaltake TMG IA1 is around $59.99, which is a good price point compared against competing solutions with similar efficiency.