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Compatibility and Installation

The Xigmatek Prime can be installed on any modern platform including LGA2011. The installation guide details the process for each platform. Let’s follow it using an LGA2011 mainboard.

So, we first insert the threaded bushings into the mainboard’s cooler mounting holes.

 

Then we use steel thumbnuts to secure steel guides on them:

Then we apply thermal grease, install the heatsink and fasten it with the crossbar.

That’s all. Easy, quick, reliable. For most other mainboards and CPU sockets you need to use a universal back-plate but the second half of the procedure would be the same.

There is 50 millimeters between the mainboard’s surface and the bottom fin of the Xigmatek Prime. However, the bottom edge of the fan is about 20 millimeters lower and may conflict with tall heatsinks on memory modules. Fortunately, we avoided this problem with our components.

 

Here is a photo of the Xigmatek Prime inside our system case:

Now let’s check out the trio from Thermalright.

 
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