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Assembly Process

The user manual is a voluminous book with every thing covered in much detail. If you follow the manufacturer’s recommendations and read through the instructions thoroughly, you’ll get through the installation process very easily. As for me, it took me about an hour or more to assemble the system for the first time. Second and third times were much easier and faster (for example, if you are swapping mainboards and processors every other day). Processor replacement is performed in about the same time as it takes to do the same thing with an air cooler (or a little more as the screws have a long thread and the evaporator should be removed, too), so it’s quite possible to do it in two-three minutes with some skill.

So I took the manual and followed it scrupulously. The brief instructions are listed below (I omit various routine actions like attaching connectors). That’s for evaluation purposes only, as you must read the original user manual thoroughly before attempting an installation:

  • remove the cooler frame;
  • attach the first heat isolation layer to it;
  • install the metal pipes that the evaporator is fastened to;
  • screw the frame back with the screws included with the VapoChill;
  • glue one heater to the backside of the mainboard;
  • glue heat isolation over it;
  • generously cover the socket with silicon heat compound for preventing any contact of the processor with air;
  • smear the processor in the same way, including the pins;
  • put the heat isolation into the center of the socket;
  • install the processor into the socket;
  • put a layer of isolation above so that the core were exposed;
  • glue the heater element around the perimeter of the core;
  • try the evaporator on and look at the compound print: does it press tightly against the core?;
  • screw the evaporator with two screws to the fastening so that there were no skew.

That’s all. You’re past the main problem. The rest of the system is assembled as usual, the PSU is connected to the ChillControl and to the mainboard through an extension cord and the system is ready to start up.

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