Thermalright redesigned their universal mounting system for the IFX-14, to give you the possibility to turn the heatsink in steps of 90° as to align the airflow with the rear exhaust of the case.
The installation requires motherboard removal and a good 10 minutes total of your time. We got our first experience with this mounting kit back in June 2007, when we installed the SI-128 SE
, the mounting pressure was increased quite a bit, and performance of the SI-128 SE was increased by a few percentage, impressive!
Here’s a refresher of the mounting kit:
The bracket , back plate and springs in the middle are used for both platforms, the material on the right is for Intel S775, on the left for AMD AM2.
The backside cooler is attached with double sided thermal tape to the back plate, in the photo below you can also see that the two heat pipes are covered by a layer of thick transparent tape, to prevent electrical shortcuts at the backside of the motherboard.
The IFX-10 (the small heatsink) can be installed in two different directions, depending on your case layout, either let it stick out on the top, or next to the RAM slots; for our smaller Antec case, we had to opt for the first.
Back to the CPU mounting, one of the brackets provides for a tight fit on this Asrock motherboard:
Installed on the motherboard, the IFX-14 takes up almost 50% of the ATX space:
Test Setup and Fan Options next ->